When you are dealing with a slope, or an embankment, as part of a large structure, it can present challenges. This is because there is a risk that the ground will shift. Heavy stackable concrete blocks are a good solution to reinforce a slope, especially for large projects or long distances.
Solution for large building structures
A slope is often part of a structure, such as along a railroad or highway, or as part of a bridge or tunnel. A slope lifts height differences between adjacent plots of land. In addition, the slope protects the structure from the rest of the environment.
Especially in rolling or hilly areas, such as in Southern Limburg in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and parts of France, you see many steeper slopes along infrastructure or structures. In this case, the slopes occur naturally, but can also be deliberately constructed for the reasons mentioned above. The sloping surfaces are often steeper to save construction space and therefore costs.
Steep surfaces provide environmental protection, but can also pose a risk if the ground starts to shift. Therefore, construction or infrastructure applications often require additional reinforcement of the slope to keep it stable. It can involve long distances, such as a railroad embankment along the track, so a durable and heavy-duty application is desired to ensure stability and safety.
Heavy concrete blocks for slope stability
An ideal solution are heavy stackable concrete blocks for stable slopes. Because building with loose concrete blocks offers a lot of flexibility, the building structure can be completely adjusted to the necessary load-bearing capacity.
This is mainly determined by the type of soil on the slope. Loose sand or gravel shifts faster than clay, for example. The type of soil in combination with the slope angle indicates how much counter pressure the retaining wall at a slope must be able to withstand.
Finally, the soil also plays an important role. Marshy ground provides a less stable base. Then it is necessary to distribute the weight of the slope and the reinforcement over a larger surface, so that no subsidence occurs.
All these components are mapped out and form the basis for the construction drawings of the stable structure.