Oakdale Industrial Estate is a large-scale precinct, located in western Sydney that forms part of the development project for the Western Sydney Employment Area (WSEA). Strategically situated near the M7 and M4 motorways, the development site consists of Oakdale Central, South, West and East with a total area exceeding 300 hectares. The estate will be used as a warehousing industrial hub to international companies such as online retailers, automotive users, logistic services and pharmaceutical products.
For grade separation of warehouse lots, multiple retaining walls were constructed across the development site with technical design support from Geofabrics.
Geofabrics provided technical support to the design and build contractor, UCBC and their appointed designer, CMW Geoscience with a reinforced soil wall solution. The second Keystone TW3 retaining wall, located in Oakdale West was the longest wall constructed, exceeding 330m in length and a wall height ranging from 3m to 13.4m. The wall face area was approximately 2,000m² with 17,000m² of Tensar RE500 Series Uniaxial Geogrids installed. Due to the variation of heights, the Geofabrics technical team prepared 5 cross-section plan views for each height of the retaining wall that had different geogrid layouts for the contractor to incorporate into the drawings.
The reinforced soil retaining wall design was created with the TensarSoil software. The Keystone TW3 system uses a mechanical connector between the blocks and Tensar RE500 geogrid. This positive connection means the maximum geogrid tensile strength can be utilised at the connection interface at the modular block, enabling the geogrid spacing to be wider in comparison to frictional base connection block systems with different geogrid types. As a result, wider spacing was possible, (three Keystone TW3 blocks) which reduced the intervals of fill placement and overall geogrids quantity, allowing for a quicker build.
Among the many challenges in this project, one of them was to incorporate a noise barrier wall that was at a close distance to the front face of the Keystone TW3 retaining wall. The foundation design of the noise wall was addressed separately to the wall design, with deep poles that were slotted into corrugated pipes. The poles were embedded in the foundation and filled with grout to provide structural support for the noise barrier.
The top portion of the reinforced soil wall was designated as ‘no geogrid zone’ to allow for services. This was modelled as a top slope without geogrid in the TensarSoil software with an additional 20kPa surcharge load on the slope portion to make up on the soil and blocks self-weight. The 1m top portion between the TW3 block face and noise barrier wall is further strengthened with no fines concrete and 2 layers of geogrid at 2m length.