The Building Research Establishment's (BRE) review of methods used in the design of small and medium span bridges is discussed. The study gives a comprehensive view of the design of conventional earth retaining structures. The Victorians had very different ideas and used different techniques when building walls and the question is asked if we are basing our current practice on 150 years worth of experience or whether modern methods are such as to make any comparison impossible. The article discusses retaining wall types. The extent to which actual performance compares with design assumptions is considered, and assumed and actual behaviour is compared. A list of actions required to ensure economic construction of an earth retaining structure are listed by the BRE. Victorian construction reflected the assumptions made in the design. Modern earth retaining structure construction ignores the construction method although it is intrinsic in the pilot tests and assumptions with little relevance to present day construction techniques. The BRE review suggests major savings can be made provided there is a change in attitude and consideration during design is given to global conditions which include the consideration of constructional techniques.

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    Foundation Publications Limited

    7 Ongar Road
    Brentwood CM15 9AU, Essex,   England 
  • Authors:
    • JONES, C J
  • Publication Date: 1979-9

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 40
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 12
    • Issue Number: 6
    • ISSN: 0017-4653

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00302519
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1980 12:00AM