Use of live poles for stabilization of a shallow slope failure

Tien H. Wu, Christopher M. Kokesh, Brian R. Trenner, Patrick J. Fox

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Soil bioengineering methods consisting of live poles and brush layers were used to stabilize shallow slides and control erosion on an embankment slope in eastern Ohio. Plant survival rates, slope movement, soil moisture content, and soil suction were measured. Load tests were performed to evaluate resistance of the poles, and results were used to estimate the stability of the repaired slope. Seven years after the repair was completed, vegetation is well established and the slope is stable, which is in agreement with calculated safety factors. This study indicates that soil bioengineering methods can be used for stabilization of shallow failures; however, the method may not be immediately effective, and the time of installation and soil moisture conditions are important for survival of the poles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number05014001
JournalJournal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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