SRW or segmental retaining wall design has just gotten easier. Allan Block has created and published the document Best Practices for (SRW) Segmental Retaining Wall Design to help educate and promote better design and construction practices of retaining walls in the field.
Best Practices is written in a specification format with 12 main topics of discussion that include but are not limited to: typical and pre- construction, multiple water management topics, soils, compaction, geogrid, taller walls, global stability, terraces and above wall considerations. Additionally, there are detailed cross sections that include notes and comments as well as references to other industry related standards.
The Best Practices document was created to be used as a guide and an industry standard for any equivalent segmental retaining wall (SRW) product and not just exclusively for Allan Block products. The goal with this publication is to help drive the industry towards zero wall failures. By creating a quality set of standards it lays out a good practice for how to plan, design and build SRW walls properly.
Best Practices for Retaining Walls
This document does a superb job of helping explain what should be done to ensure that retaining walls built with Segmental Retaining Wall Blocks will work as expected. The Zero Wall Failures goal is achieveable if the details contained in this document are used to guide the designer through the details. By following the information outlined in this book, adding engineering judgement based on the specific apllication, and ensuring that the wall is built as designed one is able to sleep soundly knowing their retaining wall structure is working properly.