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

Online /
Jun 6, 2023 /
Course Code: 0604-WEB23

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

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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

Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time

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System Requirements

PC-based attendees
OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 or newer

IE 11 or later, Edge 12 or later, Firefox 27 or later, Chrome 30 or later

Macintosh based attendees
OS: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.7 or later

Safari 7+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+

OS: iOS 8 or newer

OS: Android 4.0 or higher


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

Dr. M.T. Rayhani, P.Eng., 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

$112.5 + taxes

  • 0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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