Geocell Retaining Wall/ Geocell Wall


Retaining Wall structures are growing ever more necessary as construction is forced to deal with rough terrain, steep slopes, and embankment reinforcement. Changes in grade present obstacles for roads and other development requiring flatter, more usable land. Most current types of retaining walls are made of cast-in-place, steel-reinforced concrete walls or soil nailing whose virtue is based entirely upon its internal strength and rigidity. However, these cantilever walls are expensive, vulnerable to cracking from high-stress situations, and unattractive in the environment. Even options such as soil nailing and gabions cannot be compared to a green living wall.


Geocell retaining walls can be constructed quickly, cost-effectively, and become vegetated walls for almost any situation where a rapid change of grade is needed, whether to hold back a cut slope or to extend and fill a slope steeper than the soil alone would allow. This gravity retaining wall works by stacking multiple layers of geocells, which stand by virtue of their weight and can be easily constructed with local aggregates. In addition, gravity retaining walls have a degree of flexibility that allows them to be constructed over variable foundation soils without loss of structural stability.

geocell retaining wall
geocell retaining wall

The large frictional resistance between the filled layers creates a single composite structure. The Geocell wall confines the infill materials, allowing extra imposed loads and eliminating erosion damage. The outer exposed area of the wall can be vegetated, providing a natural-looking but useful structure in place of a concrete wall.

How does Geocell work on retaining wall projects?

The Geocell retaining wall system meeting all project-specific structural requirements.  The Geocell walls are also highly adaptable; they provide exceptional performance in soft soil environments and seismic zones, tolerate reasonable differential settlement better than rigid wall systems, can be constructed as gravity structures in areas with space constraints. The system allows for construction flexibility and provides aesthetics through a completely vegetated face. Horizontal terraces are formed where vegetation can flourish in the exposed outer cell infill. The system captures rainwater and controls groundwater evaporation, creating a more natural environment for vegetation.

geocell retaining wall

1, Maintains structural stability against all loading through its mass and frictional values of the infill.
2, Meets site challenges when subgrade soils are compressible or construction is in difficult-to-access locations.
3, Does not require heavy equipment for installation.
4, Low impact development system reducing stormwater runoff.
5, Creates blending with any environment through use of tan, green or special-colored facia panels.
6, Can replace gabion baskets. GeoCell panels do not need rock and can be filled with native soil and be fully vegetated.

Where to use?

Typical Applications:

Vegetated retaining walls
Gravity walls
Steep slopes
Dikes and levee protection
Culvert headwalls
Vegetated channel structures
Change-in-grade landscape walls
Sound barriers

Geocell retaining wall
geocell retaining wall