3D Renderings

Block to Grid

Block to Block

GeoLock

Corners

CAD Files

3D MODELING

GeoStone designs are produced for all sorts of applications.  We use satellite imagery, geolocation, and HD photo textures to produce some of the most realistic renderings available.  When a design is produced we are able to eliminate and rearrange items in order to custom fit the application.  Doing this in a virtual environment is much easier and far less costly than on the jobsite.  Some of the drawings below are of actual projects and were designed based on real property measurements and parameters.

Below are a few examples of our vast Sketchup library for GeoStone and other various hardscape items.  Depending on your OS, you may be able to 3D rotate and zoom some of these items within your browser.  A more complete lineup may be found at the Sketchup Warehouse online.  As with anything, let us know if there is something specific you would like to see that is not shown here or in the warehouse.  If you have a project coming up, don't forget to inquire about our design service.

RETAINING WALL DESIGN SOFTWARE - TEMPLATES

Both SRWall and Vespa must be purchased or licensed by their respective companies.  If you already own or are licensed to use, download the templates below to design with GeoStone Retaining Wall Systems.

 

Connection Strength

GeoStone Segmental Retaining Walls Connection Strength Testing - This test is used by the industry (see ASTM D6638) to determine the amount of force it takes to pull a geogrid out of the wall in a safe laboratory environment (grid pullout in real life circumstances is defined as wall failure). Different wall heights can be simulated to measure a particular system's strength. Most of GeoStone's competitors do not publish this information. We do because we know that GeoStone is the most powerful geogrid reinforced segmental retaining wall system on the market and we challenge any of our competitors to show evidence to the contrary!

 

More about GeoStone's Connection.

Block Shear Test

Similar to the Block to Grid test, the Block to Block Shear test measures the wall system's connection and its resistance to lateral movement between courses of the wall.  Pressures exerted from above on the blocks simulate various predetermined wall heights.  This test is meant to simulate the conditions walls must face such as retained earth, live/dead load surcharge, and slopes behind the wall.

 

More about GeoStone's Connection.

GeoLock is only used in the most extreme cases and is not required for typical retaining wall construction.  Please contact your local GeoStone representative before attempting installation.

GeoStone's Rock Interlock is already one of the most powerful forms of modular retaining wall connection on the market, but we decided to take it one step further.  GeoLock is GeoStone's patented form of Positive Mechanical Connection.  This process is only used in the most extreme cases.

 

The GeoLock procedure is simple.  A patented mix of polyester resin, sand, and catalyst is combined and poured into the module onto the exposed geogrid and rock.  The module is then filled with rock.  Apply this positive connection application at each geogrid level in the wall or as directed by the wall design.  When the resin hardens it bonds rock, grid, and block into an indestructible mass that will not allow the grid to pull out of the wall.  The polyester resin is totally compatible with the PVC coating on the geogrid.  Since the connection strength is now 100% or equal to that of the grid strength, there is no stronger result in the entire SRW industry.

 

Check out our GeoLock installation video here.

OUTSIDE CORNERS

In order to maintain the required running bond, a structural corner must have the correct offset to correspond with the courses above and below.  This particular corner method allows for this to be accomplished very easily.  Just remember “HALF-WHOLE”.  One side of the corner needs to be HALF the length of a block’s face, the other side of the corner needs to be the WHOLE length.

As shown above, the Half-Whole method allows the running bond of the wall to be maintained.  The look of this style corner is more in line with the overall look of the rest of the wall.  GeoStone's Half-Whole method for creating an outside corner is unique due to its large open core design.

 

Watch video of corner installation

INSIDE CORNERS

Are very simple.  Shown above, interlace the blocks, alternating on each course.  Sometimes wall batter will throw this alignment off.  Do not worry.  It is very common to cut block to fit in corner applications.  As a matter of fact, this is the place you will want to make such adjustments as they are not as easy to notice.

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Sketchup PDF Files

  1. General Specifications
  2. GeoStone Retaining Wall Corners - Reinforced
  3. GeoStone Outside Corners - How To Build
  4. GeoStone Retaining Wall - Raft Footing:  Unstable foundations
  5. Retaining Wall Combo - Multipage Compilation - Covers just about everything
  6. Hardscape Combo - Outdoor Living / Fireplaces / Walls / Etc.

 

A full library of SketchUp models is available at our 3D Warehouse in various formats to download and play with.  If there is something specific that you would like to see that is not shown here or on the "3D Renderings" tab shown above, please contact me and I will do what I can to see that we get it to you.  Also, take a look at the tabs below.

RETAINING WALL DESIGN SOFTWARE - TEMPLATES

Both SRWall and Vespa must be purchased or licensed by their respective companies.  If you already own or are licensed to use, download the templates below to design with GeoStone Retaining Wall Systems.

The Next Generation of Modular Retaining Wall Systems