June 12, 2018

Best Practices for Zero Retaining Wall Failures - Inspection of Materials


In any construction practice it is crucial that the contractor inspect all materials upon delivery to the site to assure proper material has been received. When constructing a segmental retaining wall like Allan Block, it is the contractor’s responsibility to protect all materials from damage or contamination prior to use within the wall.  Always make sure that there has been no substitutions in geogrid or blocks.  Any changes in specified materials should be evaluated and approved by the retaining wall designer and may require redesign. (ref. BP, Chapter 2.1)



Allan Block is working to achieve our industry initiative of 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 and keep an eye out for more industry Best Practice recommendations here.