A Collaborative Approach to Temporary Earth Retention Systems for Foundations: Selecting a Sheet Pile System With Waterproofing Issues in Mind

June 29, 2014
Publication: Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing
Author(s): Emily Appelbaum Matthew Carlton

Abstract: Below-grade waterproofing and temporary earth retention systems should be coordinated and designed in tandem to maximize continuity of the waterproofing system. We discovered that some designers and contractors do not consistently consider the impact that the selected sheet pile system can have on the continuity of the selected waterproofing system. Designers and contractors must understand the limitations of waterproofing systems in order to minimize damaging these systems, avoid leakage where possible, and plan for potential leakage mitigation with minimal disruption to interior occupation. This article will focus specifically on sheet pile retention systems and their impact on the waterproofing.