Retaining Wall Design is a deceptively simple retaining wall software program that requires virtually no learning curve and designs or checks any retaining wall in minutes with unsurpassed accuracy. Dynamic graphics enable visual verification of input. A variety of loading conditions are available and the output reporting is easy to read, utilizing graphics that convey a very professional look and feel.
Digital Canal's Retaining Wall software quickly and easily designs and checks retaining wall systems, including the wall, footing toe and heel and a footing key if necessary. Retaining Wall can check the capacity of an existing wall (including as "built" bar sizes and spacing) or determine the required dimensions and steel requirements. Walls can be constructed of cast-in-place concrete or masonry and can be cantilevered or supported on the top and bottom (i.e. a basement wall).
The retaining wall system (wall and footing) is designed or checked for stability (sliding, overturning, allowable soil pressure) while the components (wall stem, footing toe and heal, footing key) are designed for flexure and shear. Operation of the program consists of completing a couple of tabbed forms and pressing Solve.
Design per ACI 318-08 (concrete) and
IBC 2006 (masonry working stress).
Cast in place walls can be tapered (base thicker than top) while
block walls can have up to two different block sizes (wall
Loads include: equivalent fluid pressure (full or partial
backfill), vertical surcharge on the heel, horizontal surcharge,
vertical surcharge on the toe, wind load on a fence at the top
of the wall, horizontal loads acting on the wall and vertical
loads placed over the soil or the wall.
Retaining Wall designs the wall at ten
sections along the height of the wall, ensuring that complexly
loaded walls are not improperly designed.
Sliding is resisted with a combination of friction, cohesion and
passive fluid pressure on the toe. If that is not sufficient, a
key is designed for additional passive fluid pressure
For more efficient designs, Retaining Wall
Software can limit the footing
reaction to the middle third of the footing.
When in design mode, output includes wall & footing dimensions,
suggested bar sizes & spacing and stability factors of safety.
When in check mode, output includes a list of design criteria
(area of steel, shear capacity, stability checks, development
lengths, etc) and their status (pass/fail). Analysis results
(pressures, total forces, moments, shears, etc.) are displayed
for either mode.
Optional design of the joint between the
stem and footing using the shear-friction provisions of ACI 11.6.
Output includes a to-scale picture of the final wall
configuration including the loads and soil pressures.
Units can be US Customary or metric.
Digital Canal's Retaining Wall Software provides you with all of the features
you will need to design retaining wall systems. Retaining Wall, as
the name suggests, will design your next retaining wall as quickly,
easily, and accurately as possible.