Land rehabilitation

Soil physical and chemical characterisation.  Soil profile description and soil survey techniques are use to map soil variability and predict rehabilitation success in re-constructed soil profiles.

Deep ripping and soil fracture assessment.  If the soil physical and chemical characteristics of the soil materials and soil profile are known then the impact of deep ripping and the extent of soil fracture can be predicted.  The success of the ripping operation in re-constructed soils will impact on the growth of vegetation.

Development of rehabilitation plans based on soil information.  The extent of ripping can be determined from soil profile description information, thus saving money buy not ripping soil materials that are already friable and which allow plant root growth.

Pre-mining soil material prediction service using exploration drilling data.   Statistical analysis of pre-mining drilling data and a knowledge of the soil materials will allow predictive soil maps to be produced.

A grid placed over a vertical exposed face is used to observe the extent of fracturing from ripping operations in a 10 year old rehabilitated Jarrah and Marra tree forest on lateritic bauxite deposits in Western Australia.
A backhoe is used to excavate soil pits to allow soil profile description in re-constructed soils. A D11 bulldozer is fitted with a modified wing tyne allowing fracturing of soil materials at greater depths. A second D11 bulldozer is fitted with a three tyne implement to fracture and scarify the surface 80 cm of the re-constructed soil profile.