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Two Parts on Fundamentals of Retaining Wall Structural Design

by Bruce Erickson, S.E., P.E.

PART 1: May 14, 2024; 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Pacific Time

PART 2: May 16, 2024; 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Pacific Time

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Seminar Description

Part 1 will cover structural design fundamentals for a variety of retaining wall types. It will address fill walls, such as cast-in-place concrete cantilevered walls and mechanically stabilized earth walls; and cut walls, such as soldier pile walls and soil nail walls. It will address both IBC and AASHTO design methodologies, and will cover the basics of wall seismic design. It will also present guidelines for selecting the optimal retaining wall type from the available systems.

Part 2 will focus on cast-in-place concrete cantilevered wall design, and will go into greater detail than Part 1. It will go through examples of design calculations, step-by-step, for both IBC and AASHTO methodologies. The examples will discuss the different assumptions and design criteria that can be used in retaining wall design, and how those different assumptions and criteria can impact the final design. It will also address design elements such as fall protection, vehicle barriers, soil backfill specifications and wall drainage.
The views and opinions expressed in this seminar are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily reflect those held by S. K. Ghosh Associates LLC.

Speaker Bio

Bruce is a Washington State licensed structural engineer at KPFF Consulting Engineers in Seattle. He has 35 years of experience, with much of it devoted to design of soil retaining structures, including walls, tunnels, excavation shoring and underground transit stations. In the last 10 years he has designed over 10 miles of retaining walls of all types, including concrete cantilevered walls, mechanically stabilized earth walls, cast-in-place concrete gravity walls, gravity block walls, soldier pile walls, soil nail walls, sheet pile walls, secant pile walls and slurry walls. He has a BSCE from Northwestern University, and is a member of the Structural Engineers of Washington, American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers, and Deep Foundations Institute.

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