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After reading the Geotech response with respect to the material proposed for
the wall I concur that you should determine the rock or block type and size
since gravity wall design assumes a monolithic model such as crib or solid
fill walls.  I will dig up my method and mail it to you tomorrow.

Thor Tandy  P.Eng  MCSCE
Victoria BC

-----Original Message-----
From: Greg Smith <strusup(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 1999 6:26 PM
Subject: Re: personal

>My e-mail address is strusup(--nospam--at)
>                                                        Greg Smith
>-----Original Message-----
>From: vicpeng <vicpeng(--nospam--at)>
>To: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
>Date: Tuesday, January 12, 1999 5:29 PM
>Subject: Re: Rockery Retaining Walls
>>If you don't mind the typical 1:4 face slope this can be analyzed as a
>>gravity wall.  If you require a vertical (or near) face then you will
>>probably tend to a concrete block or concrete face reinforced earth type.
>>It would appear that you need to be able to do it with minimum hardware so
>>suggest designing with a face slope.  The site techniques will require a
>>good mason or rock wall builder since type of rock and/or face patterns
>>determine style of assembly.  I have a simplified design analysis method
>>there are no more readily available sophisticated ones at hand.  For block
>>or reinforced earth types you would be advised to consult a reputable
>>contractor/supplier who has the appropriate experience.
>>Thor Tandy  P.Eng  MCSCE
>>Victoria BC
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Rod Schenk <rs(--nospam--at)>
>>To: seaint <seaint(--nospam--at)>
>>Date: Tuesday, January 12, 1999 1:46 PM
>>Subject: Rockery Retaining Walls
>>>Has anyone ever designed a 17'-0" high 2 to 3 man rock rockery wall?
>>>kind of problems do you get into at such height.  Any good literature on
>>>designing such a wall and what would be good alternatives like
>>>block, geo-grid, etc for such heights?