Course Overview

 Course Overview

MaxumStone is proud to offer this insightful educational course outlining the key components and advantages of big block retaining wall systems through convenient online virtual training. Participants will learn from industry expert Vern Dueck, master wall builder and CornerStone inventor, about the inner workings, creative designs and successful ways to build durable, long-lasting retaining walls.

With over 25 years of experience, Vern will guide participants through the core elements of big block retaining wall projects and share his expertise to help save time and money when designing and installing MaxumStone retaining wall systems. The course includes detailed considerations and advantages of MaxumStone’s units and creative flexibility, which are complemented by exceptional design and installation techniques uniting strength and beauty.

The course will showcase how and why MaxumStone retaining wall systems are quickly becoming an industry favourite for designers, installation crews and their clients. Participants can then immediately apply this knowledge on-site with MaxumStone’s innovative hollow core block design to create retaining wall systems they can trust and be proud of.


Course Benefits

  • Save time and costs with strategic advantages of MaxumStone retaining wall systems
  • Learn the core types, concepts and key considerations of big block retaining wall systems
  • Discover best practices to successfully install secure, durable retaining walls
  • Gain valuable insights to common big block retaining wall errors and failures
  • Stories and creative applications from renowned industry experts

Who Will Benefit from MaxumStone Education 101

  • Contractors and Installers responsible for building retaining wall projects
  • Engineers, Architects and Land Developers who plan and design retaining walls
  • Engineers and Contractor professionals scheduling construction phase timelines

Course Outline

Course Outline
  • History Of MaxumStone
    • Introduction to Vern Dueck, MaxumStone Inventor
    • History of a Contractor and MaxumStone’s Beginning
  • Advantages of MaxumStone Systems
    • Big Block Advantages
    • MaxumStone Unit Types and Features
    • Benefits of Hollow Core Design
  • Gravity Wall Installations
    • Preparation for Retaining Wall Construction
    • Importance of Base Leveling Pads
    • Soils & Backfilling
    • Filter Fabric Materials & Zones
    • Gravity Wall Extenders
    • Backfill Considerations
    • Tall Wall Construction
  • Geogrid Walls
    • Types and Advantages of Geogrid
    • Base and Backfill Considerations
    • Drainage Systems
    • Common Reasons for Wall Failures
    • Geogrid Installation Quality Assurance Techniques
    • Tensioning for Geogrid
    • MaxumStone Geogrid Retaining Wall Examples and Applications
  • Water Walls
    • Critical Considerations for Water Wall Design
    • Protection of Water Walls from Natural Elements
    • Versatility of MaxumStone’s Hollow Core Blocks for Water Walls
    • Soil Settlement Considerations
    • MaxumStone Water Wall Examples and Applications
  • Plantable Retaining Walls
    • MaxumStone Plantable Retaining Wall Landscaping
    • Creative Advantages of Plantable Retaining Walls
    • Planting Soil Considerations
    • Convex/Curved and Terraced Designs
    • Structural Reinforcement with Hollow Core Blocks
    • Soil Nailing Systems for Large Projects
    • Importance of Base Preparation
    • MaxumStone Plantable Retaining Wall Examples and Applications
  • Retaining Wall Failures
    • Case Study Analyses
    • Root Causes of Retaining Wall Failures

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Pre-Requisites or Related Courses

While there are no pre-requisite courses for the MaxumStone Education 101 Course, it is strongly recommended that all designs and installations be performed by industry professionals.

Small Block SRW Course

For added versatility of smaller blocks or segmental retaining wall (SRW) systems, check out CornerStone Wall Solutions and learn more from the CornerStone Retaining Wall Installation Certification Course.