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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