Retaining Walls, Soil Stability and Seismic Systems | New Zealand

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Retained Earth – Global Stability

Retained Earth™ specialises in retaining wall construction, repair and maintenance. We are an experienced geotechnical construction company that works within the residential & commercial building, mining and civil infrastructure markets.

Retained Earth™ work intimately with local and international suppliers, partners and clientele through our extensive, collaborative network, without losing touch with agreed expectations and standards.

Retained Earth™ assesses, and remedies, all earthquake-prone structures. Besides our expertise in retaining structures and products, we also offer seismic, strengthening rehabilitation, structural and architectural expansion joints, and other construction systems and components that are working on public bridges and high-specification venues such as hospitals and schools as well as residential housing units.

 

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Retained Earth™ supply, install, repair or maintain;

  • mechanically stabilised earth (MSE) walls
  • reinforced earth walls
  • reinforced soil structures (RSS)
  • mass gravity walls such as gabion units or gravity blocks
  • concrete sleeper walls
  • cantilever retaining walls
  • segmental masonry block walls

As shown above, Retained Earth™ offers a comprehensive and diverse supply, install and maintenance package for Residential, Civil, Mining and Public Infrastructure Retaining Wall and Earth Stabilisation projects.

 

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REpairing Retaining Walls, Arches, Bridges and Homes| North and South Islands | New Zealand

Our REpair department serves to rectify common issues with ageing bridge & retaining wall structures, bridge expansion joints and deck seals, buried arches, culverts and pipes. And as the worlds’ infrastructure ages, there is an integral need for a company that can deal with the complexities surrounding remedial works on retaining structures, bridges, tunnels & water services on all scales, large or small.

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REpair of ageing civil and residential structures is something that separates us from other contractors.

The difference between the traditional geo-contractor and the operational capacity of retained earth is that we operate in both small-scale residential and large scale commercial. We are content in bringing superior levels of service across the board.

A bridge is just as important as your home. Therefore, we apply the same level of expertise across all projects — regardless of the size of the job or contract value.

We remedy critical failures such as overturning or sliding, rupture, cyclic fatigue, mechanical disturbance, water-ingress issues such as concrete cancer & scour (soil loss through weather/ water), subsidence, concrete panel structural or connection-point failure, general cleaning and maintenance including anti-graffiti treatments, acid sulfate reactivity, sealing and general surface treatments.

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REpair of civil structures is of utmost importance. retained earth have the know-how to complete technical remediation of existing structures.

retained earth are qualified to also carry out underpinning and rectification of structural defects through methods of remediation & prevention; extending intended design life and reinstating structural integrity to existing bridge abutments & components, grade separations, arches, culverts, and other systems of retention and slope stabilisation.

The Advantages of the retained earth CellWall™ Gravity Retaining Wall System

The retained earth CellWall™ system is a mass-gravity type retaining wall array that is comprised of cast reinforced concrete units, formed to specific size and dimension, which are then combined by utilising our proprietary construction methods.

By controlling design, manufacturing and installation, retained earth focus the ‘bulk density’ approach to the retaining and stabilisation of slopes and embankments. Our system, in its unique composition, performs specifically for high deflection situations as required for sea walls, rail bridges and road-side retaining structures such as bridge abutments and grade separations.

The CellWall™ system is perfect for sites with soft soils, rock foundations and sites with limited access.

Walls such as crib walls and gabions (see pictures below), which also are designed and constructed utilising the mass-gravity method, perform very well in their functions but still allow scour to occur. The retained earth CellWall™ system, eliminates the risk of scour by adding density to our design block.

This simple solution reduces voids in the block and therefore is also very effective at controlling the establishment of vegetation in the face of the wall structure. This, when it occurs on similar mass-gravity structures, can cause further costs for private and public assets.

With no large root masses invading the wall structure, the CellWall™ system will outperform alternative gravity wall systems.

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Need a Gabion or a Wire Wall? What is the difference?

SO what is the difference? Not much at all. The gabion was the basic idea that centuries of design and implementation has shaped into a highly effective engineering device used to stabilise grade separations in soft to poor soil conditions. The gabion units also perform exceedingly well in seismic areas due to their ability to deform without losing structure.

When used in optimal soil conditions, the benefits of the gabion are well-known. As with anything though, gravity wins and the gabion wall is limited in its height vs cost comparison. This is due to the requirement that the higher you go, the more earth you are retaining (the higher the load), and therefore, the thicker the gabion wall needs to be.

This is where the wire wall or steepened earth wall comes in.

By replacing gabion units that would be required to increase the density or thickness of the wall with extensible soil reinforcements, either steel or synthetic, one is able to build a ‘cohesive-block’ type soil wall, otherwise known as a mechanically stabilised earth wall or reinforced soil structure.

Contact retained earth for more on your wire wall or gabion wall requirements.

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