A solid foundation.
After 39 years of providing concrete earth retaining and erosion control solutions, Terraforce blocks are a recognized and trusted brand amongst many industry experts in South Africa and abroad. To arrive at this juncture required significant – and tireless – effort. When registering the Terraforce trademark in 1982, we understood that to survive in this line of business a lot more was required than just producing and selling of blocks, or to free-load off the advances made by others.
Over the years, large chunks of our income were absorbed by producing basic design charts (1986), a full design manual with worked examples (1991), and whole block compressive, interface shear resistance testing, as well as block-geogrid connection testing. An evaluation report by the California based I.C.B.O. – now called the ICC, International Code Council – was completed in 2000, based on the improved 1995 comprehensive design manual published in Canada. Currently geogrid pull-out tests are being performed on most of the blocks by the Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.
Our first design software Maxiforce 2000 was launched in 2004, followed closely by Terrasafe (8/2014), a retaining wall design service that provides first-class engineering, management, and specialist technical assistance to users of any of the Terraforce products. Many complementary publications pertaining to block specifications, sustainability, plant-ability and irrigation, together with at least 250 project profiles, have been made available over the years.
- Find your closest supplier: https://www.terraforce.com/suppliers-installers/
- Wall design help: https://www.terraforce.com/terrasafe-design-services/
- Free Technical Downloads: https://www.terraforce.com/downloads/
- A guide to better design options for Terraforce: 7/2017
- Recommended Contractors, South Africa: Recommended Installers
Maxiwall Pro, our free Terraforce design software is now live!
This month we are excited to launch our new state of the art design software, Maxiwall Pro, a private labelled version of the most comprehensive and widely used Segmental Retaining Wall (SRW) Design software in the industry, the Vespa Mechanical Stabilized Earth (MSE) Design Suite.
Maxiwall Pro allows Designers to easily produce complete Wall Designs utilizing the award winning Terraforce line of Concrete Retaining Wall Block (CRB) wall products. With all Block and Geogrid information preloaded, Designers can select from a wide range of proven Terraforce systems from easy to navigate drop down menus.
Compared to other MSE Design Software options, Maxiwall Pro increases design efficiency, improves accuracy, and promotes a seamless flow of information between design stages and parties. It generates full wall layouts with accurate quantity estimates and comprehensive reports. The Calculation Engine can simultaneously run Static, Seismic, and Internal Compound Stability (ICS) Analysis in accordance to National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Standard for Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD), AU (Australian Standard), and British Standard Design Methodologies.
The Terraforce package is built around the understanding that the goal of the Design Engineer is to produce a set of clear, comprehensive construction drawings. With the DXF output feature, CAD cross sections and elevation views are automatically generated and ready to import into AutoCAD. Users of the Maxiwall Pro package will also have an option to purchase a copy of the AWall CAD Tool, that allows the user to accurately represent the plan and elevation views of a retaining wall on their grading plan.
AWall takes into account the variable heights along the length of wall, wall batter (inclination), and wall width to generate a plan view, representing the “real” footprint of the wall and can create elevations and generate quantities. Once the Design is complete, Maxiwall Pro also allows you to export the wall geometry, soil conditions, and loading conditions to select Global Stability software programs.
Please note, Maxiwall Pro is a professional analysis tool and should be operated by Designers and Engineers that are familiar with the Design Methodologies and well versed in the design of CRB Structures. Simple, easy to follow Design Tutorials will be provided. These cover the generic version of Vespa MSE Design Software but generally apply to Maxiwall Pro.
Up to this point we have done our part to ensure that your project can be concluded as intended, to your full satisfaction. It is up to our clients to ensure that sub-standard blocks, non-existent design service and sloppy installation procedures are kept at a safe distance.
Try out our free, state of the art design software, exclusively for Terraforce walls, MAXIWALL PRO:
Tutorials: www.ctiware.com/tutorials. Please contact us if you need any assistance with the software.