Soil nailing is a useful, economic technique for the construction of new steep cuts or the strengthening of existing slopes. While the technique has much potential it has been adopted more slowly in the UK than in other countries. It can be difficult to achieve the optimum balance between economy and safety and, despite the availability of an Advice Note and a British Standard, design solutions have varied widely. A number of soil nailing schemes were examined (eight of them in some detail) and used to produce a view of current experience and, where possible, current best practice was identified. The eight case histories are included in the appendices. This report should be of value in providing guidance to clients and designers involved with soil nailing works. (A)

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