Mass Gravity Retaining Walls
LAMPANG PROVINCE - LAMPANG PROVINCE - Thailand
ELECTRICITY GENERATING AUTHORITY,THAILAND
EROSION PROTECTION FOR TRASMISSION TOWER
During construction (June 2007)
EROSION PROTECTION FOR TRASMISSION TOWER_1
EROSION PROTECTION FOR TRASMISSION TOWER_2
After construction (December 2007)
High voltage power transmission tower was constructed at flood risk area in Lampong District, Thailand. A 2 m high flood control embankment with an area of 25 m length and 25 m width was constructed to protect the foot of the transmission tower. During monsoon season, flash flood occurs resulting in severe erosion at the surface of the embankment. Further erosion could expose the tower foundation, thereby weakening the tower leg. Underground seepage is also a main treat to the structure due to the high water table at the area. After inspection, three towers were identified for immediate protection.
A solution using combination of gabion retaining wall and filter fabric was proposed by Maccaferri technical team. The proposal includes: 1.0 Gabion gravity wall with front steps to retain a 5 m high embankment and at the same time to protect the embankment against strong water current during flood. 2.0 Filter fabric at the back of the retaining wall to prevent erosion. 3.0 An embedment depth of 3 m using gabion gravity wall to protect the concrete foundation. The client favoured the proposal compared to other erosion prevention method because of its simple construction method and also economical. In addition, locally available boulders made the construction period shorter. The rate of construction is estimated at 25 cubic meter per man per day.