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Description: In this two-day course, you will obtain a comprehensive overview of the principles and techniques of design, construction and inspection of earthworks. Issues that you will address through presentations by and discussion with an expert practitioner are site development, soil properties, estimating, excavation, placing and compacting, and the legal and environmental considerations that bear on this type of construction. There will also be an opportunity to deal with current thinking on the standards and testing methods that apply to earthworks. Objectives: -To enable participants to design and inspect earthworks effectively -To fully understand the related science and engineering principles -To interpret test results and standards -To make the best choices on construction and inspection methods Course Methods: The two day course consists of lectures arranged in a sequence, which minimizes the need for prior knowledge of the subject. There will be periods for discussion. Problems will be illustrated by numerous case histories. Special Features: You will receive a comprehensive course notes that will serve for future use. You will receive training on two of most poplar software in slope analysis: Slope-S, and SLIDE with free academic version of the Slope–W office suite of programs. You will receive training on SEEP-W. Target Audience: The course aims at providing explanations and understanding of earthworks problems, rather than just the education of technical specialists. It should be applicable to both field and design engineers, who wish to know more about fill behavior, as well as for geotechnical engineers. The following categories would obtain the maximum benefits of the course: Geotechnical engineers and geologists, technicians and technologists, contractors, site supervisors, municipal engineers, owners/developers, contractors, engineering and architectural consultants, environmental engineers and scientists, and other individuals involved in managing projects or designing foundations and earthworks. After Attending This Course You Will Be Able To: • Update your knowledge of the application of soil mechanics principles to earthwork design and construction. • Select the most technically appropriate and cost-effective earth construction system for your application • Examine and select appropriate material properties, parameters for design/construction of earthworks • Prepare conceptual and basic earthworks designs using appropriate design methods, factors of safety, and field verification methods • Evaluate and review contractor submitted designs • Expand your understanding of planning and environmental considerations in earthworks. • Interpret test specifications, guidelines and standards pertaining to soil compaction, fill selection, and contamination. • Optimize your choices of construction equipment and inspection methods. • Analyze simple slopes problems manually and using software • Analyze simple seepage problems manually and using software • Demonstrate a clear understanding of earthworks design, construction and maintenance Program Outline (14 PDH) Soil mechanics for fill materials • Nature of soils and their best use • Fundamentals of soil mechanics • Properties of soils and aggregates • Tests for soils and aggregates • Classification of soils • Consolidation, drainage and pore pressures • Mechanisms of failure, progressive failure, contained failure • Stiff clay foundations • Soft clay foundations • Placement of clays and fine grained fills Sheer strength and compressibility of granular and clay fills • Prediction of pore pressure • Establishment of design parameters • Problems of raising and widening clay embankments • Modern developments in pore pressure measurement • Problems of placing granular and clay fills, including bounce and rutting and its prediction Slope Stability • Analysis Theory • Design charts • Method of slices • Earthquake design • Case studies • Workshop on Slope-W and Slide software Erosion Control • Case studies Compaction Control • Equipment • Moisture-density relationships • Field densities and construction control • Test pad construction Excavations and Excavation Supports • Embankment Construction and Control • Stabilization of Fill Foundations • Chemical Stabilization of Fills • Surcharge Loading • Vertical Drains • Deep Compaction Methods Dewatering • Underwater excavations • Caissons, cofferdams • Seepage control, seepage barriers • Slurry trench methods • Freezing, grouting • Open sumps • Cohesive and cohesionless soils • Wells and Well-Point systems • Electroosmotic dewatering systems • Applicability of dewatering methods Earth Works Inspection • Preparation for construction • Layout, grade and slope control • Embankment materials • Excavation inspection • Density and moisture control Cold Climates • Geotechnical Considerations • Thermal, Snow & Ice Loads • Materials Issues & Design Considerations • Construction Issues Instructor: Dr. Gamal Abdelaziz, P.Eng, MSc. has a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. Currently he is a senior geotechnical engineer and adjunct professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario. He has over 22 years of experience in geotechnical and structural engineering, foundation design, teaching, research and consulting in Canada and overseas. Dr. Abdelaziz is a former adjunct professor at University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, visiting professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada and part time professor at Seneca College, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Abdelaziz is specialized in numerical modeling for solving sophisticated geotechnical engineering problems with respect to pile foundation and the linear and nonlinear analysis of soil-structure interaction. He designed charts to predict pressures acting on tunnels, and developed analytical model for pile bearing capacity prediction. Dr. Abdelaziz authored a number of technical papers and delivered numerous internal and external workshops on various geotechnical and Municipal engineering topics. Dr. Abdelaziz has been involved in a number of projects in Canada and overseas, such as tunneling, silos, buildings, retaining structures, siphons, irrigation networks and many other civil engineering projects in terms of design and construction. Dr. Abdelaziz is a member in different professional societies such as APEGGA, PEO, CGS, CDA, TAC and ABPA. He is also a reviewer for the Canadian Geotechnical Journal.
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1.2 CEUs / 12 PDHs

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If you wish to withdraw from a course, you must advise us, in writing, including the official receipt. Our policies regarding refund are:

More than fifteen business days in advance: a full refund minus $50.00 administration charge.

Fifteen or less business days in advance: a transfer to another course or a credit, valid for one year, to another GIC course can be considered. Credits are transferable within your organization.

If the course has been running for more than 2 weeks, or after the course has started, an 80% credit towards another GIC course may be considered, if notice is received before the start date of the second session. After this time, no refunds or credits will be issued. If a speaker is not available due to unforeseen circumstances, another speaker of equal ability will be substituted.

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