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MSEW and FoSSA Updates from ADAMA Engineering

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 […]


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MSEW 3.0 Update 13.1 from ADAMA Engineering

ADAMA Software has released update 13.1 for their Mechanically Stabilized Earth retaining wall design software, MSEW 3.0 as of August 30, 2011.  Some of the design methodology changes in the 2009 FHWA manual for MSE […]

Software Updates

MSEW and ReSSA Updates

ADAMA Software has released update 10.1 for their Mechanically Stabilized Earth retaining wall design software, MSEW 3.0 as of September 29, 2009. Click through for the download link and a few of the changes.

I expect that when the new FHWA MSE Wall Manual hits the street in a few months time that we will see some significant updates with the MSEW software package.

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Software Updates

MSEW and ReSSA Updates

ADAMA Software has released update 9.2 for their Mechanically Stabilized Earth retaining wall design software, MSEW 3.0 as of December 12, 2008. They also released update 3.1 for ReSSA 3.0, a reinforced soil slope design program on January 15, 2009.  The ReSSA update seems like a relatively minor one, but the MSEW update contains a number of updates related to AASHTO LRFD resistance factors and design methods.  If you are involved in MSE wall design for highway structures using LRFD, be sure to click through for a few highlights from the update and the download link.

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Cover of FHWA NHI Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls and Reinforced Slopes Design and Construction Guidelines course manual.
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FHWA NHI 2009 MSE Wall Manual

Cover of FHWA NHI Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls and Reinforced Slopes Design and Construction Guidelines course manual.[Disclosure] NCS Consultants is the employer (day job) of Randy Post, the owner of this site. [/Disclosure]

Geotechnical engineers who encounter MSE retaining walls or Mechanically Stabilzed Earth Walls are undoubtedly familiar with the FHWA NHI manual on “Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls and Reinforced Soil Slopes”. This manual, along with the NCMA manual that is used for non-transportation projects, is virtually the bible for MSE wall design. In late summer/early fall of 2009, a revised version of this manual will hit the streets. Read on for more details.

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