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Innovation pays its way

Case studies of some creative solutions to retaining problems

Soil nailing and reinforced soil techniques are gaining wider acceptance, but there are still many parts of the civil engineering community that take a conservative approach to innovation and so miss out on the considerable benefits that these techniques can deliver.

As these case studies show, the UK's geotechnical retaining specialists are producing some creative and original solutions to retaining problems which not only give savings in both time and cost, but also help widen the application of these techniques.

It is encouraging to see that many of these projects have developed from a partnering approach. It is also refreshing that in this sector of the geotechncial community there is evidence that clients are calling in specialists at an early stage - a vital prerequisite in gaining value from geotechnics. The benefits are clear to see over the following pages.

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