This review gives details of the current use of reinforced soil and other related techniques in the developed world in terms of the number of structures built, their size and total value. The potential market size is also identified. In addition, the factors which might affect the decision on whether to use reinforced soil or conventional construction techniques are addressed including: (a) the position in relation to patents and proprietory systems; (b) attitude of clients, specifiers, designers and manufacturers; (c) perceived difficulties in design or construction; (d) available design methods and their relative conservatism; (e) contractual and legal matters. Particular consideration is given to long term durability and how this has influenced the market for reinforced soil and other related techniques in the UK and elsewhere in the world.

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