Samuel Mota

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Honors Thesis


The purpose of retaining walls is to adjust the natural ground slopes, allowing the development of new gradients without affecting the stability of the soil. These new slopes can serve as roadways, parks and residential lots. However, this function calls for a huge amount of strength and endurance of the wall. Different materials and designs have become variants when deciding the type of retaining wall solution. This project compared the three most common types of retaining walls used in the residential setting: gravity retaining walls (MSE); cantilever retaining walls; and counterfort retaining walls. The result of this analysis was used as a design solution for the development of Hidden Lakes; a 56 unit residential subdivision located in McKinney, Texas.

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