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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Global Stability : The Retained Earth Philosophy | Systems Development

When speaking in a Geotechnical Engineering sense, “global stability” relates to the overall stability of a structure. This extends outside the typical design considerations such as structural adequacy or “internal stability” and relates to preexisting site conditions such as seismicity or acceleration and general soil types and how they affect the internal design.

Retained Earth, as a business philosophy, have adapted this engineering consideration into our general business methodology and approach. We endeavour to encompass all components of seismic effects on buildings and general soil structures.

This is reflected in our approach in creating various cutting-edge systems in the retaining of soil and the buildings that are supported above and also the protection of the structure itself as it experiences the cycles of expansion encountered through thermal and seismic movement.

Contact retained earth on how we can help with your project.

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A gabion basket wall: a type of mass gravity structure that requires little site prep.