About this document
This module covers the principles of the seismic design of retaining walls of a routine nature throughout New Zealand and should be used in conjunction with established handbooks that cover other aspects of retaining wall design in all situations and soil conditions.
Developed jointly by MBIE and the New Zealand Geotechnical Society, Module 6 is part of the Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering Practice series and relates specifically to earthquake-resistant retaining wall design.
Other resources that are available include:
- Seismic Design of Storage Tanks on the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering Inc website (please note there is a fee for this guidance)
- New Zealand Dam Safety Guidelines (2015) on the New Zealand Society on Large Dams website
- Bridge Manual on the New Zealand Transport Association website
- Tied-back walls and soil nailed walls on the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration website.