There is a neat little blurb in Roads and Bridges magazine on a small mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining wall at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Coast of Virginia. The wall was designed and supplied by the Reinforced Earth Company (RECo) back in 2011. Although the wall is only 10 feet high supporting a bridge abutment, it is the route that the Antares Rockets take to reach the launch pad and eventually blast off to resupply the International Space Station. Design challenges for the wall included possible inundation with seawater, extreme live loading, and very thorough QA/QC by NASA and their designees. The live loads were 1,500 psf or about 6 times the normal highway live loading! Read more in Roads and Bridges Magazine.
Republished from the ER-2010 conference, this paper by Michael R. Simac and David J. Elton describes the performance of two of the first geosynthetic reinforced soil walls for integral bridge abutment construction in North America […]
ADAMA Software has released update 11 for their Mechanically Stabilized Earth retaining wall design software, MSEW 3.0 as of October 23, 2010. It appears that the changes mainly involve adding the updated AASHTO LRFD seismic […]
TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 663: Design of Roadside Barrier Systems Placed on MSE Retaining Walls explores a design procedure for roadside barrier systems mounted on the edge of a mechanically stabilized […]