FHWA Limit Equilibrium Design Framework for MSE Structures

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The innovative performance of geosynthetic reinforcement materials has led to mechanically stabilized earth walls and slopes becoming a mainstay of modern infrastructure—particularly with highways and commercial development. However, agreement is not so easy to find on the design framework best suited to consistent long-term performance and safe engineering and construction. Failures are rare, but... »

Design Frameworks for Geosynthetic-Reinforced Walls

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During Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 in Orlando, the Technical Committee – Geosynthetics from ASCE’s Geo-Institute will hold a special working committee meeting on Design Frameworks for Geosynthetic-Reinforced Walls. The gathering is certain to draw attention, promoting discussion at the conference and providing potential and highly beneficial input to future designs. Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 tak... »

INTERVIEW: Polymeric Strap Reinforcement for MSE Walls

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The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting honored the paper “Instrumented MSE Wall Reinforced with Polyester Straps” (Paper #15-0895) with its Best Paper 2015 award from TRB’s Soil Mechanics Section. The work, which was sponsored by TRB committee AFS10 Transportation Earthworks, was co-authored by Yushan Luo, Dov Leshchinsky, Pietro Rimoldi, Giulia Lugli, and Chao Xu... »

MSE Wall Paper Earns Best Paper Award from TRB

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The annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meetings in Washington, D.C. provide some of the most influential transportation engineering discussions. Geosynthetics are always part of papers, standards discussions, research awards, and more at this 12,000+ attendee event that draws experts from around the world. Now, it has been announced that the TRB 2015 paper “Instrumented MSE Wall Reinforced... »

New MSE Wall Software for Geocell and Geogrid Designs

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Mechanically stabilized earth constructions, such as MSE walls, have enabled economical, safe, more vertical constructions. Often, these designs have yielded shorter construction windows, offered vegetated faces, and reduced the amount of land that must be disturbed in construction. These benefits have made MSE walls dependable sources of project savings and sustainability credits. PRESTO GEOSYSTE... »

Press Release: PRESTO GEOSYSTEMS® Offers MSE Retaining Wall Software

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APPLETON, Wisconsin – PRESTO GEOSYSTEMS®, a leading manufacturer of soil stabilization and stormwater products, introduces their new GEOWEB® MSE design freeware for GEOWEB geocell wall applications. The software creates vegetated and non-vegetated MSE designs based on the GEOWEB® system for reinforced slopes, and for gravity and geogrid-reinforced walls. The easy to use software is based on ... »