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    We Talk To Finn (EC08 Interview)

    Here's an interview we did with Finn back at EC08.  It was up on the old WatchYourDirt, so we thought we'd repost it.

    From EC08 in Orlando, John interviews Andy Hodek from FinnCorp about their line of strawblowers. For more information on Finn products go to:


    John Does a Free 'Green Design' Webinar (with PDHs)

    Hey All,

    Last week John took part in a 'Green Design' Webinar over at CENews, sponsored by Profile Products.  John was one of three presenters, all giving lots of great info. Two very important points:

    1. It's Free

    2. It's worth 1 PDH

    Click Here to check it out.

    Here's a synopsis:

    Green Design: New Approach for Sustainable Erosion Control
    Combining engineering with agronomic excellence has created an innovative, new approach to achieving more cost-efficient and effective erosion and sediment control solutions. In this session, each of the key components for sustainable erosion control designs will be examined, including soil testing and analysis, vegetation species selection, Green Design Engineering™ technologies, slope and channel design methodologies and their impact on vegetation establishment and proper reinforcement, product installation considerations, and post-installation inspection and maintenance methodology. Participants also will be introduced to available tools that can help put all of these components together to meet specific site requirements.


    Rock Vane Talk From Willow Creek

    Here is a quick excerpt from the Willow Creek Project.  In it John talks about the re-directive powers of Rock Vanes.  The full video can be found at the WatchYourDirtStore.  

    And for more info on the project, read this posting, and others like it in our past blog entries.



    New Erosion Control DVD: The 'Willow Creek Project' is Released Today!

    The Willow Creek DVD is finished and Released!

    It's available at the WatchYourDirtStore.  Click Here to purchase.

    What is the Willow Creek Project?

    Over a 3 month period last year, John McCullah worked with Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation to save a massively failing slope that threatened to crater Highway # 2 - a very important highway in South Alberta.  It was a huge undertaking and our cameras were there for the whole process.

    The main problem was the erosive flows from the rather deceptive Willow Creek (it looks more picturesque than viciously erosive).These currents were eating at the toe of the slope, causing some really fascinating block failures.  In addition there was a large gully on site also plagued with problems.

    To save this site, John and crew reached deep his erosion and sediment control bag of tricks.  Over the course of this episode, you'll see the following techniques, explained, installed and reviewed...

     Rock Vanes

    Longitudinal Peak Stone Toe Protection

    Fiber Roll Installation & Theory

    Scourstop Energy Dissipators

    Hydromuclhing with FGMs

    Soil Nailing

    Live Siltation

    Soil Flapping

    Trackwalking & more!

    It's the closet you can get to on site training without actually being there.

    We are really proud of this one, we think it turned out great! So we encourage you to go over to the Watchyourdirtstore and purchase a copy.  And if you'd like to see Dirt Time in more seminars/classrooms, ask your instructor to get a hold of us and enroll in our Dirt Time Classroom Clip program (more on that later!).  As long as you guys keep using Dirt Time, we'll keep on making it.

    Special thanks must go out to the fine people at Alberta Infrastructure & Transportation.  Without their support, their project ... their everything - we wouldn't have had this great opportunity to film.  So thank you Roger Skirrow, Fred Cheng, Ross Dickson and the great team over in Alberta!

    Here is some snippets of some of the stuff you'll see on the DVD...


    Slope Stabilization in the Light Snow

    In Alberta, whenever you plan somethings outdoors during November, you can't rely on the forecast.  Here is an excerpt for our Willow Creek Video (available May 28th at the WatchYourDirtStore).  It is the start of the first day of the AIT workshop.  It was a little chilly in the morning, but nothing too too bad - we've seen worse.

    More footage and news from this video is right around the corner, so stay tuned!