The photo of this failed SPL wall is pretty remarkable. It was discussed in a thread I came accross on EngTips.com. The originator of the thread (kleo) says he was involved from the contractor side on this project in a mountainous rainforest region near Cuba. He also says the wall was designed by “FHWA”, don’t know if that means US FHWA or what. But if so, I have no idea where this project would be located. The wall was designed for a 15-ft high cantilever with around 20-ft embedded with the last 7-ft being into bedrock. Check out the thread to kick in your hypothesis for kleo.
On Tuesday July 8, Jerry DiMaggio, P.E. was confirmed as the Implementation Manager for the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) at the National Academies. He will be retiring from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Bridge Technology, where he is the Principal Bridge Engineer â€“ Geotechnical and National Program Manager (essentially the top dog geotechnical engineer in the country for surface transportation). He is an internationally recognized figure in geotechnical engineering and geo-construction. Read on for more details.