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This course is designed so that participants can better understand soil behavior and learn from specialists about soil problems and their solutions.

Course Outline

After participating in this course you will be able to do the following:
increase effectiveness on your projects where earthworks and foundations are involved
improve designs for slope stability, pavement sub-grades, and the use of geo-synthetics  
distinguish between the strengths of soils that have or have not been impacted by water
optimize mechanical stabilization, earthwork, and compaction
follow the subsurface investigation procedures that you learn in the course

Most engineers responsible for construction work—even non-geotechnical engineers— need an understanding of different soils and how they behave. By learning from specialists about soil problems and solutions, participants can better understand soil behaviour, increase safety conditions in the field, and avoid extra construction costs. Participants will learn the concepts necessary to gain confidence in dealing with a variety of soils and geotechnical related problems that are encountered on engineering projects. 

To teach participants how to correctly interpret geotechnical reports and apply soil engineering to their construction projects.

Who Should Attend
Civil, municipal, structural, and construction engineers; consulting engineers; plans review personnel in municipalities; public works professionals; plant engineers who are involved with structures, infrastructure, or equipment foundations; architects; technicians and specialists; geologists and earth scientists; environmental engineers who want to understand soil; and sales personnel who sell equipment or products to solve soils problems.  The course will be of great value for those who are new to soils as well as those who have prior experience.

Special Feature
Participants will receive the text Geotechnical Engineering: Principles & Practices.

Program Outline

Day I

8:00      Registration and Coffee

8:30      Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

8:45      Basic Soil Engineering Concepts
            €¢ Nature of soils
            €¢ Particle size distribution
            €¢ Soil classification
            €¢ Stresses in soil
            €¢ Shallow foundations

10:00    Refreshments and Networking

10:20    Water in Soils
            €¢ Permeability and capillary flow 
            €¢ Groundwater flow in soils
            €¢ Controlling groundwater in construction
            €¢ Effective drainage and the use of filters

11:20    Soil Strengths 
            €¢ Measurement of soil strength
            €¢ Water in soils
            €¢ How do soils support loads
            €¢ How do soils fail in practice

12:30    Lunch

1:30      Settlement and Slope Stability 
            €¢ Settlement: causes of settlements, allowable amounts of settlement
            €¢ Slope instability: slope failure types and causes, determination of slope stability and safety, groundwater effects, 
               slope stabilization techniques

3:00      Refreshments and Networking

3:20      Lateral Earth Pressure on Walls and Underground Structures 
            €¢ Lateral earth pressure
            €¢ Shear strength
            €¢ Earth pressure coefficients
            €¢ Retaining walls
            €¢ Excavation support

4:30      Adjournment

Day II

8:30      Modification of Soils in Place
            €¢ Why do we modify/improve soils?
            €¢ Compaction
            €¢ Laboratory test procedures
            €¢ Specifications for construction
            €¢ Additional modification techniques

9:30      Earthworks
            €¢ Changing grades in construction
            €¢ Working in trenches
            €¢ Safety in trenches
            €¢ Practical details of construction

10:30    Refreshments and Networking

10:45    Soil Identification Workshop
            €¢ Field identification of soil samples

12:00    Lunch

1:00      Pavements, Sub-grades And Frost
            €¢ Drainage of pavements
            €¢ Geo-synthetics in construction
            €¢ Erosion control
            €¢ Frost action on sub-grades

2:00      Subsurface Investigations
            €¢ Planning and methods of investigations
            €¢ How much and what specific information is required?
            €¢ Understanding and interpreting geotechnical reports

3:00      Refreshments and Networking

3:15      Soil Engineering Horror Stories
            €¢ Real life examples of soil problems

4:15      Questions and Answers - Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

4:30      Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Bahram Gharabaghi
Dr. Bahram Gharabaghi€(TM)s research has primarily been focused on watershed scale water quality models to improve the accuracy of calculations of these management tools for protection of source waters from further degradation and to develop effective strategies for improvement of the quality of impaired water bodies in Ontario. He has more than ten years of experience in research and development in hydrologic modelling and non-point source pollution control in Canada and internationally. He has conducted studies for several large-scale mining projects around the world, including the Goro project in New Caledonia, the Alto Chicama project in Peru, and the Voisey€(TM)s Bay project in Labrador, Canada. Dr. Gharabaghi is currently leading several research projects in collaboration with Conservation Authorities, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources, and Ministry of Agriculture.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.4 CEUs / 14 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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