Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Drystone retaining wall analysis

We have been using a limit equilibrium program to investigate and predict the behaviour of drystone retaining walls. It has been described in "Limit equilibrium assessment of drystone retaining structures", which may be found from University of Bath OPUS.

The program can be downloaded as a compressed folder.

We have made every effort to ensure that the program functions correctly, however neither we nor the University of Bath make any representations or warranties whatsoever as to the accuracy, completeness or suitability for any purpose of the program, and we disclaim all such representations and warranties whether express or implied to the maximum extent permitted by law. No user should act on the basis of the program without first independently verifying it.

The primary usefulness of the program is to allow a rapid exploration of possibilities, including exploring the effects of deformation of a retaining wall. Once a configuration has been chosen, the user must carry out their own calculations, and must not rely on the program output for any purpose. The analyses performed by the program are simple equilibrium analyses, and the program should only be used by engineers competent to carry out such calculations.

We would like to hear from everyone who uses the program. Please e-mail Paul McCombie if you are using the program, and let him know what you are using it for, and what your experiences with it are. Please click on the help button when you first run the program for guidance on how to use it.