Earthworks Design, Construction & Inspection (1.2 CEUs)

Daily Schedule:
12:00pm MST - Session begins
3:00pm MST - Adjournment
This course is divided into four sessions. Each session will be 3 hours in duration. The sessions will be held on August 23, 24, 26 & 27.
If you are unable to attend any of the sessions a recording will be made available.
Often conventional soil mechanics does not predict the behavior and misbehavior of fills adequately. However, considerable knowledge and experience of the real behavior of real fills, as placed by modern plant, has been obtained over the last decades, from instrumented embankment dams, highway constructions and from laboratory studies. An understanding of these developments is important for any civil engineer associated with their design and construction.
The course will present some of the new knowledge gained in the following four areas: material properties, mechanisms of behavior, methods of analysis and in the problems and the effects of placement with the modern plant. Concentration will be on problems of significant economic impact.
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 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 the current thinking on the standards and testing methods that apply to earthworks.
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 the most popular 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

Dr. Gamal Abdel Aziz

Dr. Gamal Abdelaziz, P.Eng, MSc. has a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Dr. Abdelaziz has served as a senior geotechnical engineer at DST Consulting engineers, Sarafinchin Consulting engineers, Trow Consulting and EBA engineering. Currently he is the managing director of SAGA Engineering, Edmonton, AB, Canada. 

Dr. Abdelaziz has over 32 years of experience in geotechnical and structural engineering, foundation design, teaching, research and consulting in Canada and overseas.

Dr. Gamal has designed and delivered over one hundred geotechnical engineering workshops which are very well received by practitioners engineers in Canada and globally.

Currently he is a senior geotechnical engineer with SAGA Engineering, Edmonton, Alberta. His duties include revision of geotechnical design, including slope stability, foundation and machine foundation design, soil investigation, design of cuts and earthfills, evaluation of stability of existing slopes, slope reinforcement using geotextiles, geogrids, soil nails, base reinforcement to support earthfills on soft subgrade soils, Erosion protection using geocells matting, rip rap, stabilization of unstable slopes, evaluation of soil bearing capacity to support footing foundations, Settlement studies, deep foundations including driven piles, auger injected (CFA) piles, additional support to existing foundations by underpinning utilizing concrete panels, grouting, micropiles, evaluation of earth pressures on retaining walls, security of excavation base, tieback support, etc.

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 an 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.

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
Shear 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
  • 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

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