June 26, 2018

Best Practices for Zero Retaining Wall Failures - Soil Parameter Verification


Before constructing any segmental retaining wall, the on-site soils engineer must verify and document that soils meet characteristics specified in the soils report and wall design.  Soil types vary tremendously in their response to water and effects on retaining walls.  Minimum infill soils need to meet requirements outlined in Section 1 Part 2.3 in the Allan Block Spec Book.  (ref. BP, Chapter 2.5)

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.