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Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


Driven by the development of cutting-edge technology and advanced geosynthetic materials, mechanically stabilized earth walls (MSEs) already represent more than half of our roadway retaining walls and are rapidly growing in use. Are MSEs in your toolbox? What opportunities are there to apply them as a cost-effective solution to problem areas?

Join the 2018 President of the ASCE T&DI, David Hein, P.E., as we explore the good, the bad…and the ugly of Mechanically Stabilized Earth Wall (MSE) design, construction, and inspection, and walk through various real-world examples of MSEs on roadway and construction projects.

In this webinar, we’ll take a look at the many types of MSE walls (categorized by: geometry of reinforcement, mechanism used to transfer stress, type of reinforcement material, geometry of the wall facing, etc.) and their current real-world applications. Within this discussion, we’ll investigate the MSE design key factors, considerations, and parameters, and how you can select the appropriate parameters, materials, and contracting methods to successfully design an MSE that meets your project’s goals. We’ll also take a look at construction inspection activities, and how you can identify these during design, and track to them during your project to plan for (and confirm) design compliance. Finally, Hein will walk through a series of real-world case studies of the “good”, the “bad”, and the “ugly” applications of MSE walls demonstrating the key lessons learned to apply in your project for long-term success.

Learning Objectives 
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives.

  • Realize the potential MSE wall applications have for transportation facilities.
  • Understand the primary design considerations and how to select appropriate parameters for design.
  • Identify how to check contractor submitted designs for MSE walls.
  • Know how to select appropriate specification and contracting methods.
  • Learn about appropriate construction inspection activities to confirm compliance with design.

* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time.
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.
* Purchase of this course allows you access to the presentation(s) for 6 months from the order date.

On-Demand Webcast
Session: 1 H 30 M
Lectures: 1
Credits: 1 PDH / 0.1 CEU

On-Demand Webcast > Construction ($79.00)


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