A retaining wall is a structure designed and constructed to resist the lateral pressure of soil, when there is a desired change in ground elevation that exceeds the angle of repose of the soil.

A basement wall is thus one kind of retaining wall. The term usually refers to a cantilever retaining wall, which is a freestanding structure without lateral support at its top. These are cantilevered from a footing and rise above the grade on one side to retain a higher level grade on the opposite side. The walls must resist the lateral pressures generated by loose soils or, in some cases, water pressures.

The most important consideration in proper design and installation of retaining walls is to recognize and counteract the tendency of the retained material to move downslope due to gravity. This creates lateral earth pressure behind the wall which depends on the angle of internal friction and the cohesive strength of the retained material, as well as the direction and magnitude of movement the retaining structure undergoes.

We design Retaining walls of all sizes for all sorts of uses.

I engaged Melbourne Civil & Structural Engineers to carry out an inspection of my house for a structural and crack inspection. Adam completed a thorough inspection of the property and took his time to explain the key issues impacting the movement of the foundation resulting in some cracks, a strategy to mitigate future movement, repairs that required rectification including the most important areas to address upfront, approximate costs to complete the repairs/renovations (trade by trade breakdown) whilst also recommending a reputable builder. The option to choose between obtaining either verbal advice or verbal advice and a detailed report is a flexible option from a cost perspective, Adam was extremely professional and clear in presenting logical solutions that was easy to understand allowing me to take notes. After the inspection i had a clear understanding of the exact steps to follow and costs involved (and also how to avoid unnecessary costs) which provided me with confidence. I would highly recommend Adam and Melbourne Civil & Structural Engineers based on experience, knowledge, professionalism and outstanding value for service.

Justin H - Northcote - VIC
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