June 7, 2018

Best Practices for Zero Retaining Wall Failures - Wall Embedment with a Slope Below


In cases where there is a slope below an Allan Block wall or a “toe slope”, it may be necessary to bury more block than usual.  Local ordinances commonly reference to bury enough blocks to have a 5 - 7 ft (1.5 - 2.1 m) level bench in front of the wall.  The 1 in (2.5 cm) of depth per 1.0 ft (30 cm) of wall height rule is used beyond that point. (ref. BP, Chapter 9.1) 

Allan Block is working to achieve a path towards an industry wide Zero Wall Failures. With our Best Practices Manual and experience in the industry we are trying to expand the knowledge base for the design of segmental retaining walls (SRW's) by communicating and educating the professionals in the industry.  To see the full Best Practices Manual, visit allanblock.com to download today.