EarthZyme® Projects

EarthZyme® by Cypher Environmental is a long term and environmentally-friendly solution for soil stabilization. When used on unpaved roads, EarthZyme®’s unique formula creates an increased and lasting compaction of clay-based soils. This significantly decreases road maintenance costs. Below are some of our featured projects on the use of EarthZyme® from around the world.

  • Brandon University & Cypher Environmental Featured in Brandon Sun

    Brandon University & Cypher Environmental Featured in Brandon Sun

    The Brandon Sun recently published an article entitled ‘New Clay-Based Mixture Could Be the Key to Smooth Sailing on Rural Roads’, written by author Michael Lee. The article showcases the recent Lunch & Learn presentation hosted by Dr. Mumin and Brandon University, which highlighted several research and innovation projects stemming from a partnership between Cypher Environmental and Brandon University. The projects focused on the application of EarthZyme® to rural roads in proximity to Brandon over several years, as well as the research of the long term load bearing strength and durability of these applications. Read the excerpt below, or click here to view the full article. Brandon University (Brandon, Manitoba) The cure to Manitoba’s pothole problem may lie in a clay mixture currently being studied and refined at Brandon University. A joint-venture between Dr. Hamid Mumin, a professor of geology at BU, and the Winnipeg-based company Cypher Environmental has shown …READ MORE
  • Dr. Hamid Mumin Gives Presentation on EarthZyme® Research Conducted in Partnership with Brandon University

    Dr. Hamid Mumin Gives Presentation on EarthZyme® Research Conducted in Partnership with Brandon University

    Cypher Environmental was pleased to host a Lunch & Learn presentation at Brandon University earlier this week, given by Dr. Hamid Mumin. The presentation outlined the specific application and results of the soil stabilization research project jointly funded by Brandon University and Cypher Environmental. Having spearheaded a team of Geological students over the duration of this project, Dr. Mumin gave a very detailed look at the improved engineering properties of clay soils with EarthZyme®, as well as an evaluation of 3 miles of roads being built with EarthZyme® in the Rural Municipality (RM) of Cornwallis, just outside the City of Brandon, Manitoba. Representatives from many different industry sectors were in attendance—from Rural Municipalities and Public Works to road construction and private industry—all intrigued by the many benefits of our environmentally-friendly and cost-effective soil stabilization solution for problematic roads! Following the presentation, Dr. Mumin gave the representatives a tour of Brandon …READ MORE
  • Innovation in Myanmar Road Construction Using EarthZyme®

    Innovation in Myanmar Road Construction Using EarthZyme®

    Cypher recently finished two projects in Myanmar, involving the use of EarthZyme® combined with inexpensive localized clay road material. Both projects are a result of the local government responding to alleviate the problematic conditions that are characteristic of the region’s rural roads. Both roads are susceptible to heavy volumes of traffic, leading to insurmountable construction and maintenance costs, as well as lengthy construction delays. These projects were carried out in order to find a cost-effective method of road construction that would withstand this traffic for longer periods and alleviate long-term construction costs. Cypher Environmental’s own Construction Foreman, Jayme Gladden, oversaw the entire production of both projects—helping to educate the local construction workers on proper application technique. The first project took place between Shwe Hlay village and Shwe Ku village. The roads around these villages were in extremely poor shape and had enormous potholes—roughly 1m2 in diameter—making it extremely difficult to …READ MORE
  • EarthZyme® Mine Haul Road in Xilinhot, China Reduces Fuel Consumption by 17.4%—Saving Mining Operation Millions of Dollars

    EarthZyme® Mine Haul Road in Xilinhot, China Reduces Fuel Consumption by 17.4%—Saving Mining Operation Millions of Dollars

    Cypher was recently provided with an abstract of a study conducted on an EarthZyme® haul road application at an open-pit coal mine in Xilinhot, China, by Shenhua Beidian Shengli Energy Co. Ltd. Following the success of a demo road in 2013, the mining operation built an additional 10km of EarthZyme® haul road in 2014. Over the following year of operation, the mine haul road was carefully monitored and tested for vehicle rolling resistance, while simultaneously comparing operational costs. Once the field study was complete and a careful analysis was conducted, the abstract was released, containing the study results. Approximately 1 million gallons of fuel saved per year. At an approximate rate of $3.60 USD per US gallon, approximately $3.6 million USD in fuel savings per year. EarthZyme® road exhibited substantial increases in engineering properties, while reducing dust generation by over 60%, in addition to requiring minimal maintenance. Increased road stability …READ MORE
  • Cypher Environmental, Brandon University Featured in Automotive News Canada

    Cypher Environmental, Brandon University Featured in Automotive News Canada

    Automotive News Canada recently published an article entitled ‘Canadian Universities Providing Vital Auto Research’, written by author Rob Bostelaar. The article highlights several research and innovation projects stemming from partnerships between Canadian Universities and the private sector, with the goal of building an automotive future which is based on research & development, software development and technology. Read the excerpt below, or click here to view the full article. Brandon University (Brandon, Manitoba) For much of rural and northern Canada, dirt and gravel roads can be an unfortunate part of daily life. “If you live near or use gravel roads, then you know the problem,” writes a Brandon University research team led by geology professor Hamid Mumin. “They generate choking and noxious dust clouds when dry, and quickly lose strength and degrade to mucky conditions when wet.”
 But better gravel roads are possible. Mumin and his assistants are adding polymers and …READ MORE
  • EarthZyme® Project Improves Transportation For Farmers in Nigeria

    EarthZyme® Project Improves Transportation For Farmers in Nigeria

    Our Construction Foreman Jayme Gladden just finished up an EarthZyme® application on a farm road in Sobe, Edo State, Nigeria. Through a partnership with our Nigerian distributor, Fanaxel Nigeria Ltd, the road construction was executed by partnering company, TransAfrika Roads Technologies. The initial road was little more than a trail with only 2 wheel paths, which was very uneven and completely un-drivable at times. After construction and EarthZyme® application, the road was widened to 7.3 meters to allow higher volumes of traffic. The new road was built to give the local farmers better access to their fields and to help them transport their crops to neighbouring towns for faster shipping while the crops were still ripe, giving them better returns on their yields. The Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said his administration would take advantage of opportunities in the agricultural sector and provide requisite support to communities …READ MORE
  • Brazeau County, Alberta: Paving The Way to a Greener Future With Cypher

    Brazeau County, Alberta: Paving The Way to a Greener Future With Cypher

    Brazeau County is a municipal district in central Alberta, Canada. This district envelops several Albertan municipalities, most notably, Drayton Valley and the Village of Breton. The wide range of industries operating in the area – oil & gas, agriculture, forestry and bio energy – have provided the County with steady economic growth. Simultaneously, it has created an excellent opportunity for the County to implement environmentally sustainable solutions to address an array of developmental challenges. Within the past decade, Brazeau County has taken a leadership role in addressing energy consumption, waste management and transportation concerns, with an overall focus on reducing environmental footprint. Alongside their initiatives of introducing hybrid vehicles to their fleet and the construction of their solar photovoltaic energy project, environmentally sustainable dust suppression and road stabilization solutions were on the list of priorities for the County, due to the large volume of rural traffic in the area. After …READ MORE
  • EarthZyme® Soil Stabilizer Improves Infrastructure in Quito, Ecuador

    EarthZyme® Soil Stabilizer Improves Infrastructure in Quito, Ecuador

    Quito, located in northern Ecuador, is the country's capital. In recent years, the city has experienced a substantial increase in population in certain parts of the city. Neighbourhoods were formed quickly to accommodate the rise in population without formal city planning. As a result, infrastructure in these parts of the city was lacking. Proper roads were not built and temporary dirt roads were formed as citizens found ways to get around. In an effort to improve infrastructure and improve living conditions for its citizens, the Municipality of Quito implemented soil stabilization on two major transport roads in the summer of 2013. Cypher Environmental's soil stabilizer product, EarthZyme® was chosen for these two clay road stabilization projects. The two roads demonstrated increased density post-application and 80 more applications have been scheduled for 2014. EarthZyme® is used by EPMMOP as a road stabilizer to strengthen the base of roads within the municipality of Quito. …READ MORE
  • EarthZyme® Alleviates Gravel Shortage for Syncrude

    EarthZyme® Alleviates Gravel Shortage for Syncrude

    When Base Plant Projects realized Syncrude’s road building material was in short supply, they teamed with Mildred Lake Mining to seek a solution. Did you know that the Alberta oil sands are the third-largest known source of crude oils in the world, next to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela? One of the largest producers of crude oil in Alberta is Syncrude. In 2011, Syncrude produced a considerable 105.3 million barrels of Crude Oil. Syncrude Canada Ltd. is one of the largest producers of crude oil from the oils sands in Canada. Based in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, Syncrude’s current capacity allows them to supply 15% of Canada’s petroleum requirements. In 2011, Syncrude produced 105.3 million barrels of Syncrude Crude Oil. In 2009, Syncrude was faced with a challenge – the sand and gravel they used for road building purposes was in short supply. They had to find an alternate solution that …READ MORE
  • Massive Load Bearing Capacity of EarthZyme® Treated Haul Roads

    Massive Load Bearing Capacity of EarthZyme® Treated Haul Roads

    Columbian Coal Mine Puts EarthZyme® to the Test   A pilot project was carried out to prove the efficacy and enormous strength of EarthZyme® roads to facilitate the use of heavy trucks. These trucks are required in the mining, logging and oil operations around the globe. This specific road stabilization project was on a mine haul road in one of the largest coal mines in Colombia. This operation produces nearly two million tons of coal per year, maintaining a sterile standard ratio of 6 to 1. The mine mobilizes approximately 15 million cubic meters per year using CAT 793 trucks with a capacity of 380 tons. It also employs smaller CAT 777 trucks with a capacity of 140 tons. All coal at this mine moves in double truck lanes with a traffic gross weight of 32 tons. These trucks travel on the road approximately 22 hours a day, maintaining a …READ MORE
  • Shenhua Mine in China – EarthZyme® Project Update

    Shenhua Mine in China – EarthZyme® Project Update

    The Shenhua Mine in China, near Xilinhaote Inner Mongolia, experiences a cold and semi-arid climate with summers that are short and hot with a great deal of precipitation and winters that are long and very cold. However, the mine and its surrounding roadways, previously subject to deterioration as a result of the extreme weather, continues to thrive following the EarthZyme road application and soil stabilization that was completed in the fall of 2013. The mine had previously been experiencing issues during the rainy season, which typically lasts between May and October. Oftentimes, mine operations would be suspended because rainfall would cause road conditions to be very unstable and dangerous. In order to avoid unplanned work stoppages and remain profitable, they needed a solution that would keep the mine operational throughout the year regardless of weather. Over the course of one year, roads have been constructed surrounding the Shenhua Mine totalling …READ MORE
  • Shenhua Mine Benefits from EarthZyme® Soil Stabilization

    Shenhua Mine Benefits from EarthZyme® Soil Stabilization

    EarthZyme® was chosen for its ability to enhance the engineering properties of clay rich soils. Comprising of a combination of enzymes, electrolytes and surfactants, the EarthZyme formula works by freeing water from the soil enabling it to be compacted into a denser form and altering the clay to bind it together permanently. The roads that EarthZyme® was applied to exhibited tremendous strength despite rainfall, allowing for haul traffic to continue in wet weather conditions. On an annual basis, Shenhua Mine will be able to harvest more coal as well as benefit from savings due to the reduced need for dust control, road maintenance, machine maintenance and fuel. Shenhua Mine has plans to construct many roads in the future with EarthZyme® to alleviate the issue of shutting down operations during rainy season. After the positive results of the road stabilization in 2013, the management group of Shenhua decided to build an …READ MORE
  • Letter from the Mayor of Garagoa, Colombia

    Letter from the Mayor of Garagoa, Colombia

    Cypher Environmental’s EarthZyme® was recently used for road stabilization in the Garagoa Municipality. EarthZyme® was able to effectively provide road stabilization for municipal roads. Read the recommendation letter from Municipal Mayor below. Read Full Letter “Garagoa – Boyac À AMG-649 Garagoa, November 11th, 2003. Gentlemen: CYPHER COLOMBIA LTD. Kindly to: JOHN B. MILLER President Cypher Colombia Bogota D.C. Reference: Recognition of the excellent road work in the Garagoa Municipality. This is your confirmation of special greetings and recognition from the Garagoa Community by the Municipal head, his worship, the Mayor, who has verified with complete satisfaction, the ecological EarthZyme road site through the use of enzymes, which was applied within an area of 240 m, in Ignacia Medina Avenue, fronting onto Garagoa Municipality that governs the capital and the public works department. It is outstanding how your team professionally collaborated with us for the improvement of that formerly disasterous road. …READ MORE

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