J & S Franklin Ltd2008-01-08 09:49:26

Case Study - DefenCell in Afghanistan

During Operation "HERRICK 4" in 2006, personnel of the British Royal Engineers deployed 16,000 metres of DefenCell in Afghanistan.

The purpose was to protect two highly vulnerable Ammunition Supply Points in two separate locations at Camp Bastion in Helmand province and Kandahar Airport.

The ordering and deployment of DefenCell was processed under an 'Urgent Operational Requirement'. From the first phone call to dispatch of the first load was 2 weeks; the order was completed in approximately 6 weeks.

Construction started in February 2006 and was completed after just 6 weeks and involved unskilled locally recruited labour as well British Forces personnel.

DefenCell was used to build over 1000m of protective berms, 5m wide on the base, 1.5m wide on the top and 4m high.

Local materials were used in construction and its load bearing qualities enabled the use of heavy machinery to speed up the deployment.

DefenCell's geocell design, along with the latest geotextile construction technology provides strength, versatility and simplicity. A member of the construction team commented, "It was so easy to use, and quick to put in, that we were able to let the local civilians build the wall." Another source said, "DefenCell is really flexible, we were able to cut it to shape, to create corners and even adjust the width of the wall, by winding in the centre cells."

16000 linear meters of walling, weighing 50000 kgs was delivered in only 4 x 40" ISO containers, thereby greatly reducing the logistical footprint compared to other products.

A single 40" ISO container will hold over 2.5 kilometres of DefenCell T2 walling, 1.5m high and 1.25m wide.

DefenCell is still deployed in Afghanistan and continues to meet the exacting requirements of operational troop and equipment protection in a hostile environment.

Camp Bastion won the 'Judges' Special Award from the British Construction Industries Awards 2007

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