Geofabrics has partnered with BMI | Siplast - the leader in the development and manufacturing of the world’s most advanced waterproofing materials for over 50 years, to offer and install Teranap BGM in Australia and New Zealand.
Teranap's smooth bituminous geomembranes (BGMs) are a reliable waterproofing system engineered to endure for decades under tough conditions. Teranap has unique mechanical properties that overcome the problems that cause other lining systems to fail, such as stress cracking, tearing, and puncturing.
Teranap uses a modified form of SBS bitumen with a high level of chemical resistance and useable temperature range, while keeping its natural waterproofing qualities.
Since its introduction in Australia in 2010, Teranap's smooth BGMs have been chosen to provide environmental protection in a range of demanding projects, from protecting drinking water, canals used for mine-water management, wastewater storage and drought proofing in farm dams.
With a history in product innovation combined with extensive geosynthetic field experience, the Geofabrics - Siplast partnership offers unrivalled quality from production to final installation. Serving the waste, mining and geo-environmental industries worldwide we pride ourselves on establishing client trust and providing quality product and service at the best value.
Teranap has multiple applications including;
- Gas vapor mitigation
- Tailing dams and ponds
- Concrete dams
- Embankment dams
- Canals and irrigation
- Heap leach pads
- Thick polyester fabric reinforcement = high puncture resistance
- Excellent resistance to ageing due to the elastomeric bitumen compound enabling the material to retain its elasticity for extensive periods
- Excellent memory recovery
- Resistant to root penetration: Test FMPA Germany
- Resistant to numerous chemical agents depending on the concentration
- ANSI/ NSF potable approved — can be used for potable water storage
- Economical 2 or 4 metre wide rolls ranging from 20 to 100 metres in length (depending on thickness and the width)
Teranap BGMs are easy to install using torch on welding tools. A trained skilled labourer can successfully weld overlap seams making sure they are correctly welded.
Mechanical equipment in the form of earth moving machinery with either lifting slings, spreader bars or beams are required to unload trucks/ shipping containers. These devices are also used for moving the Teranap around on site and for the placement/ unrolling onto the subgrade before welding is carried out.
The welds required for the 2m width is 150mm wide and 200mm for the 4m width. A propane torch is used to raise the temperature of the bitumen blends on the surfaces to be joined. On the weld, the elastomeric bitumen of the two membranes (which is strongly adhesive) mixes together forming a watertight seal. At the same time another labourer walks along with a weighted roller and applies pressure to ensure the join is well adhered.
An excess of bitumen of between 10mm and 20mm extrudes out the side lap giving reliable visual confirmation that adequate heat and pressure has been applied. The result is a homogenous 200mm full-width weld.
The installation of small rolls 2m x 20m (< 200kg) require only small machinery to deploy. Large rolls with a width greater than 4m (~1700 kg) come with a steel pipe core which extends 400mm either side beyond the membrane roll. These large rolls require the use of larger machinery with slings and chains. Teranap 4m width requires spreader bar or beams to install the product. Transporting product throughout the site slings, spreader bars or beams can be used.
The high angle of friction allows for safe and easy movement by the installers both up and down the slopes being lined with the Teranap BGM.