Primary Risk Associated with traditional MSE Systems—Control of Water

The Encapsulated Mechanically Stabilized Earthen (eMSE) Structural Fill Application

Proactive Control of Moisture: In an eMSE system application, the geomembrane liner system fully encapsulates the system, including the fill material, preventing the migration of stormwater run-on or run-off into the fill material. In addition to the encapsulation system, a toe drain collector at the bottom of the eMSE system collects water that enters the fill during construction.

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By Design: Safer
A geomembrane as primary and secondary containment
Toe Drain System to collect, transport, and dispose of the moisture collected


The Creation of Opportunities

Communities with areas in decline have embraced the concept of adaptive reuse to restore historic buildings and reclaim their decaying or abandoned urban landscape. Such projects involve salvaging as much of the existing building material as possible and re-purposing it in new ways to make the most of the “good bones” of existing structures. This is a more cost-effective approach than razing entire blocks and rebuilding from scratch.

Adaptive reuse of land is no different. The use of an eMSE system to provide an alternative cap system when closing an old landfill or a structural fill to transform a blighted area into an oasis for people to enjoy is a wonderful outcome. Any adaptive land reuse requires infrastructure development to create a more efficient use of space.

  • Creates additional open space or land development opportunities
  • Private Public Partnership Opportunity
  • Cost Effective Method + Minimal Risk + Lasting Legacy = Good Public Policy
By Design: Preserving the Environment
Mount Trashmore Park
Solar Park
Sports Complex


Reuse of Non-Traditional Materials to Reduce Construction Costs

Adaptive land reuse is inherently expensive particularly if the owner must pay to source natural soil fill material for construction. This may represent the single-greatest economic challenge for the justification of a traditional “structural fill” type project. Material markets that could not be previously pursued can become a new source benefiting the owner. While there are multiple factors that come into play on a site-specific basis, a technical and economic evaluation can help determine where an eMSE system application is appropriate. The availability of beneficial use material that satisfies the specific project requirements may tilt the economic justification of land reuse away from the implementation of a traditional project towards that of an eMSE system.

  • Reuse of non-traditional construction materials avoids costly procurement of natural resources

  • Reduces/Eliminates purchase of acreage for waste containment footprint (lateral expansion)

  • Leverages existing facility permit

  • Negligible impact on post-closure costs in comparison (lateral expansion)

  • Can provide land reuse infrastructure; reducing future conversion costs

By Design: Cheaper
Construction Material: Impacted Soils
Construction Material: Asphalt Millings
Construction Material: Non-Recyclable Materials
Construction Material: Dredge Spoils

Our Town was looking for different methods to close our old dump.  One of EnCAP-IT’s consultants provided a plan that not only closed the dump, but created needed open space for our community.   All while saving money.

Council Member, Municipality

This type of system provides us more opinions to develop our properties; all with a less costly business model.

Land Owner, Developer