Description for Terms

The intent for this glossary is to provide descriptions of terms used in Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) and Reinforced Soil Slopes (RSS) for Engineers, Students or novice Users who are not familiar with this technology. The accompanying explanations are intended to provide in simple words information about the meaning of these terms. The terms listed in this glossary were chosen to cover a wide variety of common words from the application field of reinforced soils. The descriptions have been formulated on the basis of definitions from various International and National Codes. The glossary must be considered as ‘for information only’ and the included descriptions shall not be referenced in legal documents.
There may be missing terms, so the ISSMGE TC218 Committee encourages the readers to notify if there are terms that should be included. Similarly, if there are any descriptions which do not properly illustrate the terms, please share your comments with the Committee, so that the document can be enhanced.
TC218 is fully aware that even the most sophisticated glossary is never complete therefore this should be considered a living document. TC218 is open to improve this document with your suggestions and help.

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Shahriar Mirmirani - - TC218 Secretary

Giulia Lugli - - TC218 Chairman