FE Evaluation of Landowner Dispute Following Retaining Wall Failure
Keywords:retaining wall, property line, landowner obligations, lateral earth pressure, soil movement, forensic engineering, San Diego
This forensic engineering evaluation addressed a dispute between two neighboring landowners regarding cost-sharing associated with the repair of a failed retaining wall dividing the two properties. Qualitative forensic analyses considered both demand-based (i.e., lateral earth pressures, pore pressures, surcharge) and capacity-based (i.e., materials, configuration, drainage) factors to illustrate influence both parties had on the magnitudes of these loads. This paper outlines the qualitative forensic analyses that aided in resolution of the dispute before trial.
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