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RE: Retaining wall question

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>>anything the soils engineer reports is subject to the factors of safety stated in the Code<<
 
I disagree.  If soils engineer gives you the factor of safety of 1.5 for passive and friction, that should satisfy the UBC requirement.  In fact, I have always asked the soils engineer to include factor of safety in his report so that I do not double up on the design.
 
Satish