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How to Design Counterfort Retaining Walls Using ASDIP RETAIN

By: Javier Encinas, PE | April 3, 2018 ASDIP RETAIN is a structural engineering software for design of retaining walls. It includes the design of counterfort retaining walls based on the latest ACI provisions. Following is a graphical overview of the required design steps, with annotated screenshots of the software. Click To Enlarge Enter the dimensions of the stem, counterforts, footing, and shear key in the Geometry tab. Specify the backfill height and slope angle. ASDIP RETAIN shows a tab for each element. Three ways to show results: At-a-Glance, Condensed, and [...]

Retaining Wall Design: ASDIP RETAIN (Version 4) Release

By: Javier Encinas, PE | March 21, 2018 ASDIP Structural Software announces the release of the new version of ASDIP RETAIN (Version 4) engineering software. Design professionals utilize ASDIP RETAIN software for the design of retaining walls. Following are some of the most important features included in this version 4. What modules are included in ASDIP RETAIN 4? This new version 4 includes the following three modules: Cantilever retaining wall - Stem can be concrete, masonry, or a combination of both. Either supported on soil or supported on piles. Counterfort retaining wall - Concrete stem supported [...]

ASDIP RETAIN 4 Is Coming Soon: A Brief Overview

By: Javier Encinas, PE | March 8, 2018 ASDIP RETAIN is a structural engineering software for design of retaining walls. The new version 4 of this software will be release shortly. This document is a brief overview of some of the most important new features included in ASDIP RETAIN 4. Retaining walls supported on piles Now ASDIP RETAIN 4 includes the design of retaining walls supported on piles. The piles information can be entered seamlessly, such as pile type and spacing, pile capacity, batter angle, etc. And you can switch between piles and no-piles [...]

Basement Wall Design Example Using ASDIP RETAIN

By: Javier Encinas, PE | February 21, 2018 ASDIP RETAIN is a structural engineering software for design of retaining walls. ASDIP RETAIN includes the design of top-restrained retaining walls, also called basement walls, based on the latest ACI 318 provisions. The design of retaining walls may become time-consuming, since the calculations involve multiple load types and combinations, fixity conditions, and the application of the Code provisions to design the reinforcement. This document is a step-by-step design example of a typical concrete basement wall using ASDIP RETAIN. Example As an example, let's consider [...]

Cantilever Retaining Wall Design Example Using ASDIP RETAIN

By: Javier Encinas, PE | February 6, 2018 ASDIP RETAIN is a structural engineering software for design of retaining walls. ASDIP RETAIN includes the design of concrete cantilever retaining walls based on the latest ACI 318 provisions. The design of retaining walls may become cumbersome and time-consuming, since it involves an iterative process to calculate the stability ratios, and the application of the Code provisions to design the reinforcement. This document is a step-by-step overview of a design example of a typical concrete cantilever retaining wall using ASDIP RETAIN. As an example, let's consider a cantilever retaining [...]

Cantilever Retaining Walls: How to Calculate the Bearing Pressure

By: Javier Encinas, PE | July 25, 2017 A retaining wall is a structure exposed to lateral pressures from the retained soil plus any other surcharges and external loads. All overall stability failure modes must be thoroughly checked, including the bearing capacity of the supporting soil. This article discusses the calculation of the soil bearing bearing pressures under cantilever retaining walls. Our software ASDIP RETAIN will be used to support the discussion. What are the typical loads on a retaining wall? In addition to the retained backfill, retaining walls may be subject to surcharge loads at the top [...]

How to Design Restrained Retaining Walls Using ASDIP RETAIN

By: Javier Encinas, PE | May 22, 2017 ASDIP RETAIN is a structural engineering software for design of retaining walls. ASDIP RETAIN software includes the design of either concrete or masonry top-restrained retaining walls based on the latest ACI 318 and MSJC provisions. Following is an overview of the steps required to design basement retaining walls using ASDIP RETAIN. Click To Enlarge Select the stem material, either concrete or masonry. ASDIP RETAIN will adjust the input fields. Enter the wall and footing dimensions in the Geometry tab. Wall can be modeled as either pinned or [...]

Cantilever Retaining Walls: How to Calculate the Overturning Safety Factor

By: Javier Encinas, PE | January 15, 2017 A retaining wall is a structure exposed to lateral pressures from the retained soil plus any other surcharges and external loads. All overall stability failure modes must be thoroughly checked, but cantilever walls may be particularly sensitive to overturning problems. This article discusses the overturning calculations in either concrete or masonry cantilever retaining walls. Our software ASDIP RETAIN will be used to support the discussion. A typical retaining wall is composed of four main components: the Stem, the Toe at the front of the wall, the Heel at the backfill side, and [...]

Restrained Retaining Walls: A Design Overview

By: Javier Encinas, PE | November 30, 2016 Retaining walls are structures designed to bound soils between two different elevations. A retaining wall is then mainly exposed to lateral pressures from the retained soil plus any other surcharge. Many retaining walls are cantilever-type, but it's also common to find in practice walls that are laterally restrained at the top, such as in the case of basement walls supported laterally by an elevated floor slab. This article discusses the design of either concrete or masonry top restrained retaining walls. Our software ASDIP RETAIN will be used to support our discussion. A [...]

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ASDIP Project Manager – The Core of the Software

By: Javier Encinas, PE | March 28, 2016 ASDIP is structural engineering software for member design. When ASDIP opens, a window pops up showing a menu bar and icons at the top, some buttons at the left, a tree at the right, and more buttons below the tree. This is the ASDIP Project Manager, as shown in the picture below. This blog post covers the purpose and capabilities of this part of ASDIP software. What is the purpose of the Project Manager? In ASDIP software all project information, including calculations, settings, preferences, etc, is stored in a [...]