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Best Retaining Wall Design Software

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RetainWall is a software that is primarily applied for creating the design of a concrete or masonry retaining wall. The purpose of the wall is to preserve soil or other granular material.

It evaluates the strength of the wall depending on the loads and resistances, and shows the results for bearing pressure, sliding, overturning and rotational stabilities. Loads operate on the wall may include self weight, soil pressure, water pressure, live and seismic loads.

Resistances may comprise of base friction and cohesion, passive earth pressure, other structures or a shear key. Load and resistance factor design (LRFD) mode are employed. For a wall made with reinforced concrete structure, the software is also applicable for reinforcement design. Besides, there also exist a soil pressure calculator.

RetainWall is created for being a simple application, on-screen trial-and-error method and quick solution finding of the design. A designer gets the ability to design the wall instantly. Full outcomes can be observed on screen or printed.

The software starts its operation by producing the initial dimensioning of the wall, earth surface and water levels with a click on the specified dimensions. The next step is to enter the material properties of the wall, soil, water and reinforcement bars.

Specified external loads comprise of surcharge load, seismic load as a horizontal seismic coefficient and any concentrated loads need to be used on the wall if necessary. Load and resistance factors combinations can be selected simply. Instantly get the results for the strength of the wall.

Options are also available to use or not to use water, seismic or ashear key. You can also get the print of your final results.

With the internal forces of the wall, it is possible to create reinforced concrete design rapidly. It only needs bar diameters and spacings of the reinforcements.

RetainWall is compatible with metric, SI and British unit systems.

The updated version is RetainWall 2.60. It contains the following exclusive features :-

• Capacity for Load and resistance factors design (LRFD).
• Employ load and resistance factors combinations from AASHTO LRFD 2007, ACI 318-08 and IBC 2006.
• Load and resistance factors editor to revise or generate new combinations
• Concrete reinforcement design from ACI 318-08.
• Force diagrams (moment, shear and normal) for each combination.
• Loads, resistances and reactions diagrams for each combination.
• Wall stabilities (bearing, sliding, overturning, rotation) for every combination.
• Ability to measure nominal soil bearing resistance with theoretical or semi empirical methods.
• Opt for active or at rest soil pressures.
• Ability to select elastic (rock) or plastic (soil) bearing pressures.
• Capability to enter user's soil pressure coefficients.
• Reinforcement design for upper stem, lower stem, toe and heel.
• Unit systems, properties, load and resistance factors, reinforcement design method, and page setup from last editing turns to be the default for new design.
• Ability to include other loads on wall.
• Arrange stability resistances from a shear key, toe passive soil pressure, adjacent structure, anchors or piles.
• Enagle or disable a shear key, water or seismic.

Click on the following link, to download a trial version

RetainWall version 2.60 – An exclusive software for designing any retaining wall