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Did you know… that Reinforced Earth structures also work under water?


Did you know...that Reinforced Earth® structures also work under water?

Reinforced Earth® structures can be designed to be partially or even fully submerged by water.

The stability of the structures is checked for all critical conditions (lowest water level, highest water level, rapid draw down). Effective stresses, pore water pressures and in some cases pore water flows are taken into account in the design.

Prado Dam - California -USA


In case of rapid changes in water level, backfills with high drainage capacity are specified. Our segmental concrete facings, separated by open joints, have a high water discharge capacity. Filter conditions have to be well designed and followed on the site.

The type of soil reinforcement is adapted to the chemical harshness of the environment. The pull-out capacity of all our range of reinforcement has been tested and calibrated in saturated soils.


Particular care is taken regarding the risk of scour at the toe of structures along running water courses.

Reinforced Earth walls built for the Prado dam inlet and outlet (CA, USA) or for the Port Cartier quay wall (QC, CA) are good examples of structures submitted to constantly varying water levels.


Port Cartier - Canada


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