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Geotechnical Engineering Fundamentals: Water in Soils (Permeability and Seepage)

1.5 Professional Development Hours


This webinar is part of a three-part Web Series: Geotechnical Engineering Fundamentals.

You can register for any of these courses or the series and save 20%.

After participating in this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Determine the hydraulic conductivity (also called permeability) of soils.
  • Determine the rate of flow through soil.
  • Calculate flow under and within earth structures.
  • Calculate pore water pressure and uplift seepage force.
  • Appreciate the importance of the flow of water through soils.

The flow of water in soil may cause instability and failure of many geotechnical structures (e.g., excavation, embankments, dams, roads and bridges).

This lecture focuses on the 1-dimensional and 2-dimensional flow of water in the soil. All key concepts, including the mechanism of flow, rate of flow, determination of flow rate in different applications, and flow control, will be explained, and emphasis will be placed on the practical application of the information provided.

Course Contents

  • Mechanism of flow in soil
  • Soil permeability
  • 1D and 2D flow through the soil
  • Seepage analysis for dams and retaining walls
  • Impact of the flow of water on the stability of shoring systems and dams

Who Should Attend
Those who deal with construction-related geotechnical engineering issues or need to build background on geotechnical analyses and design, including:

  • Civil, Environmental and Transportation engineers/Technicians

Geologists, city and public works officials/planners

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Almost all of EPIC's courses offer :

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

These course credits will help attendees earn training requirements for their associations or provincial governing bodies.

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