I am designing a retaining wall around a stockpile fed from an overhead conveyor. The client says they will install a sensor to limit the height of the stockpile and hence the height (and cost) of the retaining wall. How reliable is this? I would prefer to design for a stockpile up to the underside of the conveyor to allow for control system failure/lack of maintenance/de-activation.
What is my liability if the control system does not work and the stockpile overfills and caused structural problems?
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