Here, attached, are the photos to which Bob Sherwin refers in his letter to us all.
Hi Jim, Al and Susan,
It was nice to meet with you all again last week and giving you the update on what has been happening with our Company during the last year. As you have requested, I have recapped our conversation below, so you can forward it on to your neighbors and members of the Spur Ranch Road Association.
Recap of the past and what you can expect in the next 90 days:
As many of you may already know, I was the distributor for RoadPacker NM and had just purchased the distributorship a few weeks prior to the application or treatment of Spur Ranch Road, which was our first road treated with the RoadPacker formula in NM. The parent Company, RoadPacker International started in Brisbane Australia in 1990 and has had success in over 40 Countries Worldwide. Prior to my purchase of the NM distributorship, I visited roads in Calgary Alberta that were 13 to 16 years old. The photo attached was taken in April of 2012 when the road was 13 years old. This road was a well documented as it was a part of an International Soil Stabilization Study conducted by the City of Calgary in 1999. Each of the 8 Companies in the study stabilized one Kilometer of Road. The RoadPacker product used on this road was the only soil stabilizer in the study that lasted more than one year and as you can see by the photo, it is in great condition 13 years later. It was as a result of seeing roads like the one, that I and my partners decided to buy the exclusive distribution rights for 7 Southwestern States.
Spur Ranch Road was our first so we hired the RoadPacker distributor for Mexico to oversee the work in October of 2011. We also treated a number of other roads in Tx and Arizona during the same time. All of them got very hard and looked great until the rains came and they all got very slippery and muddy when wet. I contacted the person who had sold me the distributorships asking for his assistance and inquired as to what was causing the problem. He flew to NM from Manila Philippines for three weeks to oversee the second application in January of 2012. Unfortunately it too was slippery under wet conditions and he thought it was a result of the freezing temperatures as it was not able to cure properly.
We had several articles in the New Mexican about SRR and it was because of these articles that I was contacted by the Founder and the Inventor of the RoadPacker formulas in April of 2012. He was googling articles on the internet about RoadPacker and found me me as a result. He said that the person that I had been working with had no technical understanding of the product and was more of a sales person. I offered to fly the founder, inventor and CEO of RoadPacker Australia (Mr. Sonnenburg) to New Mexico from Brisbane Australia in May of 2012 to provide technical assistance and to find out why SRR had not worked in either application under the supervision of two RoadPacker Representatives.
In April of 2012, I hired CMC, one of the largest soil testing facilities in the US, based in Las Vegas NV to perform testing for us. Over the the next 9 months they conducted over 2000 tests for us on every kind of soil we could find in the 7 Southwestern states. Every one of the tests with RoadPacker failed the "96 hour soaked CBR test", which is the most difficult test for any soil stabilizer to pass. Treated soil samples are compacted and placed under water for 96 hours, then tested for hardness and penetration. Every sample we tested was a pile of mud within a few hours. As it turned out, all of the soil we tested in the Southwest had a pH of 7.5 to 9.5. Mr. Sonnenburg told us that the RoadPacker Plus formula was designed to work in acidic soils with a pH below 7. The formula is an acid based product that becomes neutralized in higher pH soils which was the reason for the failures in the SW. This also explained why it worked so well in other Countries like China and Brazil where the pH is 4.5 to 6.
Mr. Sonnenburg has been involved in soil stabilization research and development for 23 years and fortunately for us, in November of 2012 he had his biggest breakthrough ever with a new formula that he calls The Bionic Road Solution. There is not one ingredient from any formula that he has ever created in the past 23 years. He studied Mother Nature to find out how sand, silt and clay turns into rock over thousands or even millions of years. He discovered that there are naturally occurring chemicals in the Earth's crust that must be present, along with water and pressure for the soil to turn into rock. He experimented with various combinations of these naturally occurring chemicals and the percentages of each until he figured it out. Bionic Soil Solution is that perfect blend of naturally occurring chemicals, mixed into water and we add the pressure with a 15 ton roller and we can turn insitu soil into a rock-hard surface that repels water, in one day!
We have conducted another 2500 tests since November of 2012 and the results are unprecedented in the soil stabilization and road building industries. All roads are designed using an International standard called the CBR (California Bearing Ratio) test. The CBR number indicates the strength of the road or its' weight bearing capacity to support the traffic index which is the number of vehicles on the road each day and the weight loads carried on the road. The ultimate test to determine this number is called the "96 Hour Soaked CBR Test". This test assumes the worst conditions that any road should encounter as it simulates a flood condition where the road remains completely submerged for 4 days.
Base Course has been the standard used on all County dirt road surfaces in the US and it is also used by the DOT's for the sub-base or sub grade under asphalt highways. Base course is primary 50% sand and 50% gravel. For the 96 hour soaked CBR test, base course is compacted inside a perforated steel cylinder, then placed under water for 4 days, then tested for hardness with a penetrometer. Sand and gravel does not change much under water as it is a granular material that does not take on water. Silt and clay however quickly turns into mud when placed under water. Base course scores a soaked CBR number of 55 to 70.
Our goal was to achieve a CBR in this range after it had been under water for 4 days. I am happy to announce that the Bionic Road Solution formula has achieved CBR's as high as 212 after being under water which is unprecedented. The engineers that we are working with have never seen CBR numbers over 80 before. Mr. Sonnenburg treated a soil sample of Spur Ranch Road with the Bionic Road Solution and gave it to Jim Garland in early December to do his own under water testing. Last week Jim showed us the compacted soil puck which had been under water for over three months! We also have samples that have been under water since November of 2012 which is now over 8 months and still remain hard.
We just completed our second field demonstration on a parking lot for the Bass Brothers at their offices in Carlsbad NM, using the new Bionic Road Solution. Our pre soil testing produced a CBR of 150. It was immediately put to the test as we received 3" of rain the night we finished the parking lot. At 6:00 am the next morning the Bass Brother Company had a meeting with 35 of their vendors. The attached photo is a picture of the parking lot as the people were arriving for the meeting. Some of the vehicles tracked mud on to the surface however the surface remained hard and intact. The area surrounding the parking lot was untreated which left 6" of mud everywhere. Photo attached.
During the last 16 months we have conducted over 4500 tests totaling over $2.5M. We are finally ready to launch Bionic Road Solutions Internationally, with its roots based here in NM.
As I discussed in our meeting last week with some of the board members, we will have to re-construct Spur Ranch Road at the end of a job with a paying customer. I was originally paid approximately $45K (including the contractors fee) to treat Spur Ranch Road with the RoadPacker product. We have paid $127,000 on SRR to date, in our efforts to make it right for you. It will cost us approximately $80k to $85k additional, to reconstruct SRR with the Bionic Road Solution. I remain committed (as I have been from the beginning) to making this right for the Spur Ranch Road Association
I am in the process of finalizing an agreements with another large community in NM that would like to treat 20 miles in August and September. If we are successful in finalizing this agreement, I intend to complete SRR as soon as we finish with their roads while all of the equipment is mobilized. If you decide to do at least another 1/2 mile section within SRR Association before then, we may be able to expedite the time lines for you.
I apologize to all of you for the amount of time that it has taken us to figure this situation out however we now have an incredible product to reconstruct SRR. We hope to finalize our manufacturing agreements this coming week with Turner Manufacturing in ABQ, who will be manufacturing the product for us worldwide.
When I first met with the SRR Association, I was told by the Santa Fe County officials that Spur Ranch Road was considered one of the two worst roads in Santa Fe County and they recommended that I contact you. It is my intention, that when I am done with SRR, that you will have the best road in the County. Thanks for your patience, we are almost there!