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MSE Walls

Russell W. Faust, PE

Mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining walls are growing in popularity. Variations on the basic design, including curves, tiers, railings, stairs, walkways and the like are making them more and more attractive to designers and architects. In this course you will find examples of the design of these walls and the principles which underlie those designs. You'll also become aware of some of the problems to avoid. The course assumes you already know how to design other types of earth retaining structures and that you understand some principles of soil mechanics. If you feel you need a refresher course, PDH Center offers an excellent course entitled Retaining and Flood Walls (C116) which covers MSE walls and many other types. This course emphasizes practical solutions for the day to day problems facing the practicing engineer or architect. Theories of earth science are mentioned but it is the application of those theories which is the focus of the course. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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