Gabions and Geogrids

by Alfred H. Brand, (M.ASCE), Partner; Mueser Rutledge Consulting Egrs., New York, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1992, Vol. 62, Issue 9, Pg. 65-67

Document Type: Feature article


The century-old gabion concept can be improved upon by adding geogrid reinforcement to the soil embankments the gabion wall is designed to support. The grids add stability to the embankment and help anchor the wall, while the gabions help keep the embankment from eroding. It sounds simple, but applying the technique successfully requires careful planning. Two case studies illustrate some of the challenges, problems, and advantages of working with the two. In the first, an embankment failed at a landfill in New York state; in the second, a successful design for a series of dikes enabled a wastewater treatment facility to build sludge lagoons on a steep hillside.

Subject Headings: Soil stabilization | Geogrids | Walls | Case studies | Building design | Design/Build | Grid systems | Anchors | New York | United States

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