04/02/2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
University of Manchester
Sackville St
M1 3WE
Dave Woods

Title: Geocell Retaining Structures
Speaker: Richard Heritage, Geotechnical Engineer, ABG Geosynthetics Limited

JOINT MEETING with University of Manchester

Date: Monday 4th February 2019

Sackville Street
M1 3WE
6.00pm for 6.30pm

Geocells – also known as cellular confinement systems – are typically made from high strength polymer or dense needlepunched non woven geotextile in a ‘honeycomb’ structure which is backfilled with site won or imported soil. First developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1975, geocells were devised for building tactical roads over soft ground. This was then extended to stacking several geocells to create miltary bunkers filled with locally won soils to prevent blast or ram raiding during enemy attack.

Geocells have been developed for the civil market in a variety of applications including retaining stuructures – as a form of mechanically stabilised earth wall. A geocell retaining wall is constructed by stacking panels of cells on top of one another, sometimes in combination with geogrid reinforced soil where the geocells act as a flexible facing element.Geocell retaining structures can offer a number of significant benefits to traditional solutions; allowing the re-use of site won material, ease of construction with a flexible finish, significant cost savings, and environmental benefits from a green finish and reduced carbon footprint.

This presentation will look at the methods and considerations necessary in the design process for using geocell retaining walls, will discuss considerations for construction, and the advantages and disadvantages of using geocell retaining walls in different situations as told through various case histories.

About the Speaker:
Richard provides design solutions and undertakes ongoing research at ABG Geosynthetics Limted. Richard has 15 years experience as a geotechnical engineer primarily in New Zealand and the UK as well as across the globe. Richard has significant experience with seismic geotechnical engineering working in Christchurch, New Zealand after the 2010/2011 earthquakes.

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