HUESKER‘s videocast series delivers geosynthetic product and application details in succinct video spots. The material is developed by the company’s international personnel, and the videos in the series that are narrated in other languages include voice-over translation to English. No matter where the viewer is based, the engineering information is relevant. In the video below, Judy Jaramillo, M.Sc. discusses geosynthetic-reinforced embankments on vertical columns.

The video profiles a foundation system that does not require pre-loading or consolidation waiting time.

“A typical application scenario for this application is embankments for high-speed railway lines, motorways, or storage tank foundations, where safety systems require foundations with almost zero settlement—eliminating the risk of differential settlement,” Jaramillo says.

geosynthetic-reinforced embankments on vertical columns drawing


The HUESKER engineering approach to these types of geosynthetic-reinforced embankments is rooted in the placement of reinforcement in the system over vertical piles. The geosynthetic reinforcement acts a bridge between the vertical load elements, transferring the load from the soil above the reinforcement to the piles. The vertical stresses subsequently applied to the soil between the piles are minimized.

Laterally sliding risk is also mitigated.

Jaramillo discusses some of the influential design standards, such as differences between UK designs (BS 8006) and German engineering (EBGEO). Both deal with the arching effect, and Jaramillo notes how to predict and design for this with geosynthetic reinforcement.
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