Earth Retention Systems & Commercial Applications


Over time, the concept of earth retention has undergone significant transformations, evolving from a temporary shoring method for excavations to a sophisticated technique for long-term subterranean stabilization. Commonly referred to as earth retention technology within the industry, this approach relies on specialized equipment, precise techniques, and a deep understanding of soil composition and structure. By employing these advancements, professionals can effectively prevent earth movement and sliding, ensuring the safety and stability of construction projects.


Different situations call for different responses, which is why the industry makes use of a number of different types of earth retention structures. Here is a look at the most common types:

  • Retaining walls: Retaining walls are used to keep soil locked into a specific position that is unnatural and otherwise unstable on its own. These retention structures typically set a boundary between two very distinct elevations of soil and can be engineered and designed to take on the look of the surroundings.

    Subcategories include cantilever walls and braced and anchored walls. Cantilever retaining walls are single-layer walls built on a slab base and capable of supporting tall slopes. Braced and anchored walls resist lateral force through the presence of ground anchors. These walls typically exceed 15 feet and are used when the lateral earth pressure is very high.

  • Grouted soil walls: These earth retention walls are made of cemented soil particles and are typically used when internal bracing is avoidable. It speeds up the excavation process and can be used in conjunction with other retention systems when utilities interfere with installation. The advantages of grouted soil walls are increased slope stability, less lateral spreading, and faster excavation.
  • Soil nail walls: Soil nail walls are unique in that they use large steel nails to stabilize embankments. They are useful for temporary or permanent excavation support and can be installed when movement can be tolerated. Soil nail walls are ideal for stratified soils, firm clays, weathered rock, and other similar earth compositions.
  • Anchored block walls: This type of wall is used to stabilize landslides, repair damaged retaining walls, and improve slope stability. Anchored block walls are a cost-effective solution for both existing wall repair and slope stability control. They can be designed as a temporary or permanent support feature.
  • Micropile slide stabilization: These retention walls are used for landslide stabilization, side hill fill stabilization, and for sites with limited access points. Micropile slide stabilization walls connect drilled micropiles with ground anchors to a strengthened concrete beam located near the surface of the soil. Micropiles can be used in any soil type and require very minimal environmental impact.
  • Tiebacks: Tiebacks are used to horizontally reinforce temporary or permanent structures that are subjected to large amounts of lateral force. The two types of tiebacks include helical and hollow bar. Helical are preferred for their ability to disturb very little soil, while hollow bars are installed using a drilling bar while pressure grouting.



Intech Anchoring provides a wide range of specialized services tailored to meet your needs. Whether you require foundational repair, reinforcement, or installation, we have the expertise to assist you. With our extensive experience, we excel in various areas such as pulldown micropiles, tieback anchors, soil screws, underpinning, helical piers, and more.

Furthermore, we prioritize supporting our network of contractors by offering comprehensive resources, including education, training, and state-of-the-art equipment. We are dedicated to empowering our contractors with the knowledge and tools necessary to deliver exceptional results.

By choosing Intech Anchoring, you can expect top-notch support and expertise that is backed by years of experience. We are committed to providing high-quality solutions that meet and exceed your expectations.

Tim Comb


Tim is the President of Intech Anchoring and has 25 years of experience in the Civil Engineering and Geostructural Industry. Tim has developed extensive industry knowledge by working to support the needs of specialty contractors at each and every business level. Tim’s diverse industry background has given him exposure to a wide variety civil construction projects, ranging from the simplest residential applications to the most complex commercial and industrial projects. Coupled with a highly skilled and educated team, Tim focuses on providing the highest quality products and solutions to Intech Anchoring’s customers in order to consistently exceed expectations.