Analysis and Design of Earth Retaining Structures

Online /
Feb 4 - 5, 2025 /
Course Code: 15-0205-ONL25

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10 am to 6 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

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

  • Use your acquired knowledge and skills gained in designing rigid retaining walls
  • Implement requirements, procedures and techniques for safe, effective and efficient design of different retaining systems
  • Practice design and construction of retaining structures

This course provides practical training on the design and construction of rigid retaining walls. The course will review the related soil mechanics knowledge and show how to apply soil mechanics concepts to retaining walls and slope stabilization. Design methods will be covered for earth-supporting systems, including gravity walls, cantilever walls, and geosynthetic walls.

The design examples are illustrated and will show you how to apply the theory in practice.

Who Should Attend
Civil and Municipal Engineers • Project Engineers and Managers • Consultants • Designers • Operation and Maintenance Personnel • Developers • Planners 

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Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

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Welcome, Introduction, Course Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Day I

Review of Soil Mechanics

  • Index properties of soils
  • Soil classification
  • The flow of water in the soil
  • Effective and total stresses
  • Shear strength
  • Geotechnical investigation and site assessment

Day II

Rigid Retaining Walls Design and Construction

  • Lateral earth pressures
  • Retaining walls (gravity and cantilever walls)
  • Geosynthetic walls
  • Bearing capacity and settlement analyses of the walls
  • Slope stability analysis


Mohammad Rayhani, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Dr. M.T. Rayhani is a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and the director of Geo-engineering Research Group at Carleton University. He has over a decade of experience in research, teaching and engineering consulting, and has collaborated extensively with industry leaders worldwide. He has received research grants from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Transport Canada, and other funding agencies.

Dr. Rayhani has presented short courses, seminars, and guest lectures on various topics related to frontier research in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering in Canada, the USA, France, Germany, Italy, India, Iran, and other countries. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario and he is the author of over 50 publications in different areas of geo-engineering.

Dr. Rayhani is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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