Neoloy is a Reliable, Green Reinforcement Solution

Chemical stabilizers are costly, unreliable and environmentally unsound. Neoloy® Geocells are cost-effective, green, reliable and long-lasting.

Chlorides and other chemical stabilizers are limited in their effectiveness – Their performance is unreliable and leaves pavements prone to cracking. Neoloy Geocells provide a durable and reliable reinforcement solution, which is also cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

CriterionChemical StabilizationNeoloy Geocell
Solution ReliabilityXPoor.

CHEMICAL stabilization is unreliable for long-term performance


Neoloy Geocell is a reliable MECHANICAL stabilization for long-term performance


Brittle; cracked with load repetitions

VNo Cracks.

Neoloy provides high-tensile capabilities

Initial Performance AssuranceXPoor.

Hard to detect non-homogeneous mixtures- lead to differential settlements


Simple eye assurance

Performance – End of Design LifeXPoor.

60-80% loss of stiffness


Neoloy Geocell is designed to more than project design life

Sensitivity to waterXHighly Sensitive.

Unstable to water content change


Stable to water content change

Drainage CapabilitiesXPoor.



Acts as a confined drainage system

Environmental FriendlyXBad friend.

Chemical materials may contaminate groundwater.

VGood friend.

Stable material reduces granular materials and enable locally available materials as infill

Installation MachineryXRequires heavy machinery.

For material mixture

VNo heavy machinery.

Fast installation by a few workers

Cost EffectiveXCostly and timely.

Highly initial cost

Slow construction rate

Skilled manpower Requires rehabilitations

VSaves costs and time.

Initial cost savings of granular and asphalt materials.

Maintenance cost savings

Less usage of heavy machinery

Fast installation, easy to adjust to any geometry

Most native soils require some stabilization to provide a strong base or sub-base for road construction and reinforcement. Various chemicals and compounds are used to stabilize the soil or infill, such as lime and fly-ash mixtures, calcium chloride, cement, epoxy resins, bitumen, lignin sulfonate (“tree sap”) and new polymer materials. But many of these are unreliable in the long-term, expensive and/or not green solutions.

Although Chlorides are most often used a product for soil stabilization, its narrow application range is a major limitation. Too diluted or too concentrated renders treatment of the target soil ineffective. Further, chlorides are harmful to the environment and corrosive on construction equipment. Other additives used for roadbed stabilization are characterized either by poor longevity or environmental toxicity. Products that are environmentally safe and have a favorable lifespan are significantly more expensive. Cement stabilization is expensive but not a green solution.

3D Neoloy Geocells are a more effective soil stabilization solution for road construction. Neoloy offers higher engineering value, lower environmental footprint and is more economically feasible. Furthermore, the installation provides a uniform reinforced layer, as it is not an additive. In addition, its long-term reliable performance is not in doubt as it has been proved in lab and field tests worldwide, including South Africa.

The following summarizes the benefits of Neoloy Geocells over chemical and cement soil stabilization additives:


  • Improves modulus – of infill soil and structural layers
  • Longer lifespan – high resistance to deformation under dynamic loading
  • Performance – very predictable and reliable performance
  • Installation – easy, fast and systematic (with PRS supervision) to guarantee performance
  • Low environmental impact – during construction
  • Green solution – reduces aggregate use and associated environmental costs
  • Sustainable solution – reduced repairs and maintenance due to long pavement life
  • Cost effective – lower construction costs and lifecycle costs