Apparent cohesion leads to eventual failure

January 1, 1970  |  Products

These photos show a wall failure next to a corner. This failure occurred in an area where successive triangular sectors of geogrid layers were not installed. Failure is to be expected because reinforced walls without reinforcement should fail. Curiously, this failure occurred about one year after th…
Inadequate compaction necessitates massive remedy

January 1, 1970  |  Products

These photos show a massive remedy utilizing anchors needed for an initially inexpensive geotextile reinforced wall. One reason that necessitated this remedy is poor compaction. Also, risers collecting surface water were embedded in the reinforced soil zone. These risers were connected sequentially …
Geotextiles

January 1, 1970  |  Products

These products are engineered to provide cost-effective solutions to meet specific design requirements for separation, reinforcement, filtration, drainage, and protection applications. Although engineers have developed numerous applications for geotextiles, there are five major functions: separa…
Redundancy that helped a wall survive an extremely high seismic load

January 1, 1970  |  Products

This photo shows a geosynthetic-reinforced soil wall that survived a substantially higher seismic load than its designed seismic load. This resulted from redundancy due to use of soil design Φ value lower than its actual value. Furthermore, the substantial apparent cohesion and toe resistance were …
Geotextile puncture resistance

January 1, 1970  |  Products

From the GMA Techline RE: Geotextile puncture resistance [I have] a question for you on geotextile puncture resistance. I was looking through your book to refresh my memory on the calculation procedure on geotextile puncture resistance, Section 2.5.4. I saw the scaling factors S2 and S3 and the exam…
Project Angostura

January 1, 1970  |  Products

Geotextile tube coffer dam By Sören Schmidt The problem, the plan… The Angostura project is owned by Colbún, one of the largest energy producers in Chile. Angostura is a hydroelectric dam project with a capacity of 350mw. The dam is situated in the Bio-Bio River, a few kilometers d…
Geogrids

January 1, 1970  |  Products

Geogrid products are designed for reinforcement and, characteristically, are integrally connected to elements separated by in-plane apertures. Geogrids form a distinct category of geosynthetics designed for reinforcement. These products are characterized by a relatively high tensile strength and a u…
Geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs)

January 1, 1970  |  Products

Bonding clay to geosynthetic materials has created an economical, long-term solution for many applications. Geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs) are hydraulic barriers made of clay bonded to a single geosynthetic layer or to multiple geosynthetic layers. Because of its low permeability, swelling capacity…
Drainage materials

January 1, 1970  |  Products

Geonets, sheet drains, edge drains, and prefabricated vertical drains are all designed to offer strong, performance-enhancing alternatives to traditional drainage systems. Geocomposite drainage systems are engineered to minimize costly, conventional graded-aggregate and/or perforated-pipe subsurface…
Geocells

January 1, 1970  |  Products

Geocells are engineered for protection and stabilization applications. They are often used to help improve the performance of standard construction materials and erosion-control treatments. Geocell products are three-dimensional, expandable panels made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polyeste…