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I've always neglected the upward pressure.  I don't think that this approach
is unreasonably conservative.  You may want to try it both ways and see how
much it changes the design.

David Finley, P.E.

-----Original Message-----
From: Trobridge, Bruce <Bruce.Trobridge(--nospam--at)>
To: 'SEAOC' <seaoc(--nospam--at)>
Date: Wednesday, May 06, 1998 3:43 PM
Subject: Retaining wall design

>I am designing a series of cantilevered retaining walls.  I am trying
>to figure out whether or not I should consider the upward pressure
>from the soil in designing the heel.  I have looked in several books
>and they seem to waffle back and forth from one book to the next.
> Some saying to include it, some saying to disregard it.   While it is
>more conservative not to include it, I was not sure.  Any thoughts?
>Bruce C. Trobridge
>Assistant Building Structural Engineer
>NYS Office of General Services