Tough Cell Solution

Tough Cell is a unique cellular confinement system or “geocell” for soil stabilization and reinforcement that enables cost-saving and sustainable road construction on challenging and problematic soils.

Tough Cell allows you to build lower-cost, sustainable roads, all year long, while reducing up to 50% of your project’s cost and duration. Tough Cell is fabricated from Neoloy, a novel nano-polymeric alloy which maintains its dimensional stability in a wide variation of temperatures (-60⁰ to +60⁰), under dynamic and cyclic loadings, and is highly resistant to polymeric creep.

Extensive, worldwide project experience and a deep understanding of geotechnical engineering and the working mechanisms of cellular confinement technology are key factors in combining this innovative and cost-saving technology with established and accepted design methodologies for innovation application and successful projects.

Where Can You Use Tough Cell?

Tough Cell is the strongest and most durable geocell, suitable for load support, steep slope stabilization and earth retention applications in wide variety of markets- public transportation, government, oil and gas, emergency infrastructures, military, mining, logging, railways, airports and many more.

Typical large-scale projects require combined applications and solutions for flexible pavements, roadway construction, access road construction, soil stabilization, slope/channel protection, embankments, gravel roads and retaining walls.

Tough Cell offers a comprehensive solution for most infrastructure projects while setting a new standard in the world of access road construction, soil reinforcement and ground improvement. When dealing with complex projects and multiple challenges, Tough Cell has cost effective solutions that significantly reduce road repair, maintenance, use of virgin aggregate materials and roadway construction time.


Tough Cell is an ideal green solution, sustainable solution for roads, highways and civil infrastructure. In flexible pavements, Tough Cell reinforcement typically reduces the amount of granular infill materials by 50% or more. Additionally, the reinforcement enables the use of on-site/ marginal quality and/or poorly graded infill or recycled materials. Yet, this is not where the list ends; results on sustainability are numerous.

  • Sustainability is achieved by addressing all three pillars of sustainable development: environment, economy and society
  • Tough Cell can reduce the use of virgin aggregate material using recycled materials (recycled concrete or RAP)
  • Provide substantial reduction of project carbon footprint
  • The combination of geotechnical structure and the Neoloy Tough Cell solution enables project lifecycle up to 75 years
Key Engineering Benefits
  • High elastic stiffness cellular confinement
  • Long-term stabilized layer stiffness
  • Low strain deformation characteristics
  • Guaranteed lifetime design performance
  • High tensile strength of cell walls
  • Ideal for the support of heavy loads
  • UV & Oxidation Resistance Providing environmental durability and stability
  • Optimizes design with costs
  • Simple logistics and all-weather installation
  • Lowers capital construction costs –reduces costs of asphalt and/or aggregates
  • Enabling the use of locally available, non-cohesive, granular native soils and/or sand, recycled concrete, RAP, among other recycled materials
  • Decreases repairs, downtime, and maintenance by up to 85%
  • Stabilizes pavements over problematic soils such as sand, peat, and clays –typically found on many construction projects worldwide
  • Reinforced pavement foundations –enables up to 40%reduction in asphalt and support layer thickness
  • Durable design with dynamic modulus and tensile strength properties, same pavement performance for the entire project design life
  • Enables use of marginal but locally available materials for structural infill (i.e: sand and recycled asphalt)
  • Reduces quarrying, haulage, fuel, pollution, carbon footprint
  • Green and sustainable construction method –reduces environmental impacts

Yet, this is not where the list ends; results on sustainability are numerous.

These include:

  • The reduction of virgin aggregate used – less screening, crushing, processing and hauling;
  • Less in-site placement (and less subgrade replacement) – less earthworks / equipment operations;
  • The overall reduction of fuel use, vehicle pollution, airborne dust, sediment runoff and project carbon footprint.



Tough Cell’s sustainable green building practices offer easily constructed landscape architectures, particularly those that support a natural environment., It can be used to reinforce base layers in roads, runway shoulders and parking lots, replacing hard armor paved surfaces with grass matts. This technique not only reduces heat dissipation (heat-island effect), but improves environmental aesthetics.

Earth Retention

Earth retention applications usually require highly durable and reliable solutions, especially in regards to its stability and external facia. With this factored into the equation, Tough Cell creates reinforced geocell slopes with proven resistance to degradation caused from extreme temperatures, UV radiation, oxidation and load stresses.

Reservoirs and Landfills

A crucial challenge of lined reservoirs is to protect its geomembrane, while simultaneously ensuring soil and slope stability. Tough Cell Geocells, with armor infill, provide the strength needed to succeed. Tough Cells made from Neoloy novel polymeric alloy are highly resistant to extreme weather conditions, corrosive materials and have very low polymeric creep.

Emergency Infrastructure and Military

Restoring critical infrastructure is an objective that needs to be launched quickly and safely. Using the Tough Cell solution offers minimal logistics as well as the advantage of using local materials during time of necessity as a swiftly implemented and active construction process.

Load Support

Many work sites across the globe have limited accessibility due to huge areas covered with soft soils, meaning that the terrain cannot provide sufficient load support. Typical load support applications include reinforcement of base and subbase layers in flexible pavements, including: asphalt pavements, unpaved access, service and haul roads; military roads, railway substructure and ballast confinement; working platforms and so on.

Slopes and Channels

The Tough Cell advanced three-dimensional erosion-control system is the best solution for any slope or channel when erosion is caused by streaming water, including shorelines beach heads, ports and other unprotected slopes. The Tough Cell geocell slope stabilization solution physically protects against erosive forces and is designed to enhance friction resistance to prevent soil migration.