Design and Construction of Earthworks

Online /
Oct 14 - 16, 2020 /
Course Code: 0722-ONL20

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Please Note:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks and lunch)

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

  • Apply soil mechanics principles to earthwork design and construction
  • Consider environmental factors in earthworks
  • Interpret geotechnical reports, environmental assessments, specifications, guidelines and standards pertaining to the design and construction of earthworks
  • Optimize your choices of construction technology, equipment and procedure

In this three-day course, you will obtain an overview of principles and techniques for the design and construction of earthworks. You will learn how to address these issues through presentations, case studies and discussions with an expert.

Specific topics include soil characterization, interpretation of soil reports, construction and quality control of earthworks, dewatering of ground materials, the impact of groundwater and other environmental issues, and soil excavation. Case studies will be used to help you better understand course material.

Course Outline

  • Subsurface investigation and soil characterization
  • Stability analysis of natural and manmade slopes
  • Design and control of compacted earthworks
  • Seepage in soil
  • Dewatering techniques for geomaterials
  • Excavation in soil
  • Retaining structures for earthworks stabilization

Who Should Attend
Geotechnical Engineers • Geotechnical Geologists • Technicians and Technologists • Contractors • Site Supervisors • Municipal Engineers • Owners • Developers • Engineering and Architectural Consultants • Environmental Engineers and Scientists

More Information


Please Note:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks and lunch)

Day 1:

  • Index properties of soil and soil characterization
  • Soil compaction
  • Design and control of compacted earthworks
  • Water in soil, seepage analysis
  • Stress in soil, change in stress, and seepage effect on stress
  • SEEP/W seepage analysis examples
  • Settlement analysis
  • Dewatering techniques for fine grained soils

Day 2:

  • Shear strength of soils
  • Subsurface exploration
  • Slope stability analysis
  • SLOPE/W examples
  • Slope stabilizations

Day 3:

  • Lateral earth pressures
  • Retaining walls: gravity and cantilever walls
  • Geosynthetic walls
  • Deep excavation in soils


Mohammad Rayhani, Ph.D, P.Eng

Mohammad is an associate professor of Geotechnical Engineering and director of the 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. He 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 Ontario.


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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

Design and Construction of Earthworks   Online | Dec 14 - 16, 2020
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