Retaining Wall

Every Job is Unique!


   Earth Retention is the application of practical engineering expertise in order to stabilize soil and rock. These techniques can be used to stabilize natural waterways, natural geophysical features, or deliberate alterations to the environment by humans to increase our capabilities, enhance land use, or improve society in general.

   Although we are experienced in all of these areas, we have most often applied our expertise as an integral part of the excavation process. We are particularly well-versed in the morphology of rock and soil structure in the state of Texas, which is why you almost inevitably see the famous orange equipment of Oscar Orduno wherever you see excavation underway.



    These processes can be either permanent or temporary, depending on the needs of the site and the project’s ultimate intent.  There are, of course, many techniques required for a successful project depending on the type of soil, water content, and even the depth of the excavation.


   Our experts know the permit requirements everywhere in the state, too.  Our engineers can help streamline the whole permitting process—by applying for the correct and relevant permits covering all of the project’s needs at once—eliminating delays, and getting your project started on time.

   It is important to know that different sites will have different requirements.  One particular excavation might have a skyscraper on one side, an important road in the front, an oceanside park on another side, and a busy rail/shipping terminal at the rear.

Each might require a completely different earth retention system to guarantee a successful project.

Typically our techniques include:

  • Sheet Piling                                                                                                                                                              
  • Secant Walls
  • Tangent Pile Walls
  • Soldier Piles with Lagging (plus backfill)
  • Bracing supported by external structure (Soil Anchors)
  • Bracing supported by internal structures (wall plates, horizontal struts, diagonal braces & rakers, if internal obstructions don’t matter)
  • Underpinning
  • Soil Nails or Tie Backs/Wales, and
  • Rebar and Shotcrete application

   …which typically covers the whole range of possibilities.  Sometimes, however, it doesn’t involve “digging a hole” so much as it is just stabilizing an existing feature.     


   For that we can use steel mesh and permanent or temporary soil nails to keep things in place.  There are also fantastic new geosynthetic materials, such as cloths or weaves, which are faster and easier to install, while being considerably less costly.

   All of these materials can be easily penetrated by vegetation so that they can completely vanish in the fullness of time (or immediately, with appropriate landscaping).  Grassy slopes will make it both attractive and completely invisible!




   We’re not shy about our expertise.  When lives depend on having the right people in the right place at the right time, there is no reason for modesty!  It could be our crew; it could be your workers or customers; it could be members of the general public—but all of them need to be protected.

   Just as important is protecting your property and the property of your neighbors.  You don’t want to be on the news because two lanes of an important roadway collapsed, or be responsible for a burst water main or natural gas lines because supporting soil eroded away from beneath them.

   Projects planned with exceptional engineering skills and with safety in mind finish on-time, accident-free, and with no surprises.  And ultimately, doing it right the first time costs much less than fixing errors later. In any business we all accept that “Time is money and rework is wasteful” and Oscar Orduno, Inc. knows that excavation and project planning are no different!


The Takeaway

   Whatever types of “support” your project requires, your best choice is always the bright orange of Oscar Orduno, Inc. because we are the experts you need!

   We’re not only considerate of our customers, but all the people that they must interact with including neighbors, tradespeople, and members of the public.  We promise to keep everybody as safe as possible. We promise to minimize disruption to your business, that of your neighbors, and to intrude as little as possible upon daily operations.  We promise to operate in a manner to ensure the utmost protection to your structures and property. We promise to pay attention to the details so that when the job it is finished you can be completely confident that it was done properly.

   We cover most of the state, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Lubbock, Amarillo, Tyler, and Waco.  You’ll see our bright orange equipment in almost all of those places, and many more besides! We’d love to hear you say “Howdy,” so take a moment and get in touch.    


Our expert team has the ability, experience, and the desire to handle your project. You can rely on our expertise and insights to deliver collaborative solutions that work for you. And we won’t leave you in the dark—we will explain anything and everything in a way that is easy to understand—we are always willing to answer your questions.

We cover most of the state, including Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock, San Antonio, Tyler, and Waco. You’ll probably see (if you haven't already noticed) our bright orange equipment in almost all of those places, and many more besides! We'd love to hear you say "Howdy" so take a moment and get in touch.