Construction implication of Textomur retaining structures and their unfamiliarity in the UK

Devkota, Manoj (2015) Construction implication of Textomur retaining structures and their unfamiliarity in the UK. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The uses of retaining walls have been popular for a very long time. However, the idea of Textomur structures has been recently developed by a French Engineer and an Architect Henri Vidal in the early 1960’s and the idea of geogrids for soil reinforcement was developed around 1980 as specified by U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (2001). While these structures are fairly new in the market, the implications related to their construction must be addressed. Therefore, this research aims to analyse the construction implications of Textomur structures and their unfamiliarity in the UK.
    Researches have been carried out primarily focusing on the construction procedures of Textomur Walls and Gabion Walls in order to compare these two structures. Most of the literature research on the construction procedure of Textomur structures has been collected from an unpublished internal company documents as the author had previous experience working with the company.
    The data collection is completed mainly by conducting interviews with three different candidates from two companies who are all very experienced with Textomur and Gabion structures. An example of a Textomur case study is also investigated to establish typical construction implications of these structures. The collected data is analysed with cross reference to literature reviews.
    While the study showed a few similarities between Textomur structures and Gabion structures, it is evident from this research that Textomur structures are more advanced than Gabion structures in terms of construction procedures. The results show that the main construction implications of Textomur structures are the requirement of large area of spaces behind the face of the wall, along with the importance of installing geogrids in an acceptable manner for stability purposes. Finally, the hypotheses of Textomur structures being unfamiliar in the UK can be contested. Although these structures are relatively rare in highly dense cities like London due to the restricted areas, they are still built in places with larger construction spaces within the UK.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2015 16:18
    Last Modified: 05 Aug 2015 16:18
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17978

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