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We’re Where It’s At for Retaining Wall Books

In the April/May 2022 issue of Geostrata, the chief publication of ASCE’s Geo-Institute, there is an article by Anne Lemnitzer and Eric Tavarez entitled “Earth Retaining Structure Design.” Among the results of the survey, an interesting one was the following:

The survey further asked universities what professional references are being introduced to students during their academic training on ERS. Among the available literature, the most heavily used were FHWA’s Geotechnical Engineering Circulars. Among the most selected circulars were:

GEC No. 2–Earth Retaining Systems

GEC No. 3–LRFD Seismic Analysis and Design of Transportation Geotechnical Features and Structural Foundations

GEC No. 4–Ground Anchors and Anchored Systems (also available in print)

GEC No. 7–Soil Nail Walls

GEC No. 11–Design and Construction of Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls and Reinforced Soil Slopes (also available in print)

All but the first are in our collection (the first isn’t on the FHWA’s site either.) I have taking the liberty of noting that two of those are in print.

Even more gratifying is the following:

Several respondents used the open-response field to provide additional references they felt strongly about utilizing in the classroom. These included course materials for FHWA/NHI’s Soil and Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures courses (e.g., FHWA NHI-06-088, FHWA-NHI-132036, NHI-07-071, and the Army Corps of Engineers manuals and courses for the Design of Sheet Pile Walls (EM 1110-2-2504) and Tieback Wall Design and Construction (ERDC/ITL TR-02-011.)

Again most of these documents are on our site or on a companion site, free for download without restriction or login. Pride of place goes to the Soils and Foundations Reference Manual, which has been in print for a good while and which I use in my own Soil Mechanics and Foundation Design and Analysis courses.

A fairly new resource is my page on Vulcan and Sheet Piling, which deals with that subject in detail. And we have many other documents as well…

Since this site started twenty-five years ago this summer, there are many sources of information for this field, but we feel this one is unique.

Note: if you have the documents that are missing links above, and would like to have them on this site, get in touch with me and let's get it done.

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