Distance - Embankment Design, Construction, Slope Stability, Settlement Analysis and Seepage Control Workshop (1.8 CEUs)


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This course is approximately 4-5 weeks in duration.

Learning Method:

  • The PDDP program is more of a self-guided learning style.

  • You are required to read the notes and materials given, complete the follow-up assignments on your own, send in your questions prior to your 1 hour webinar meeting (if required) and be involved in live discussion via the internet.

  • Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion

Course Description:

This session provides the knowledge and skills needed to design, construct and maintain soil slopes and embankments. In this three-day workshop, you will obtain a comprehensive overview of the principles and techniques of design, construction and inspection of earthworks with special focus on earthen embankment. Some of the issuesthat will be addressed through a presentation and a discussion with an expert practitioner are site development, soil properties, estimating, excavation, placing and compacting, and the legal and environmental considerations that bear on embankment construction. There will also be an opportunity to deal with the standards and testing methods that apply to earthen embankment. It is intended to provide transportation earthwork professionals with knowledge to recognize potential problems with soil slope/embankment stability and deformation in transportation projects. Participants will develop the necessary skills to design and evaluate soil slopes and embankments and to learn about the implications of construction and inspections. This course embraces both design and construction.

The PDDP Distance Education program works as follows:

  • Once you register for this course, you will be sent a login username and password for our online distance website.

  • You will receive the course notes in hard copy through the online website, you will receive a set of notes each week covering the course material.

  • A one hour video-conference session will be conducted by your instructor each week (if required). The objective of this session is to assist in solving the assignments, as well as answer student questions that should be sent to instructor early enough prior to the meeting time. In addition with being able to communicate with the instructor, you will also be able to communicate with other students in the same class and watch their questions being answered as well. (A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended for this feature).

  • Each set of exercises can be completed and submitted by the indicated date and your completed exercise will be marked online and and returned by your instructor.

  • To gain the most from your course, it is highly recommended that you participate fully in all discussions and exercises. Please remember that each course has a form of quiz or exercise at the end to test your understanding of the material. You will be informed of these dates when you receive the course schedule.

*Course commencement date is subject to instructor availability.

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 Engineering Revision

  • 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


  • Laboratory test procedures
  • Moisture - density relationship
  • Optimum moisture content related to soil plasticity
  • Compaction control testing
  • Modification of an unsatisfactory Compaction
  • Specifications for construction
  • Effects of water content during compaction on soil structure
  • Effects of water content during compaction on soil permeability.
  • Additional modification techniques

Compaction Control

  • Equipment
  • Moisture-density relationships
  • Field densities and construction control
  • Test pad construction

The Principle of Effective Stress

  • Principle of effective stress
  • Effective stress response in saturated soils
  • Effective stress response in partially saturated soils
  • Seepage forces

The Strength of Soils

  • Description of stresses in soils
  • Isotropic compression of soils
  • The Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion
  • Shear strength of clays
  • Shear strength of sands
  • Shear strength tests
  • Sheer 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

Soil Deformation

  • Description of strains in soils
  • Constitutive models
  • Stresses distribution from elastic theory
  • Elastic deformation

Settlement Analysis

  • Settlement
  • Causes of settlements
  • Consolidation and Excess Porewater Pressures
  • Allowable amounts of settlement
  • Settlement analyses problems and software demo

Water in Soils

  • Soil Water
  • Permeability
  • Capillarity
  • Seepage Theory
  • Flow Nets
  • Pore Pressures and Uplift Pressures
  • Seepage through Earth Dams
  • Seepage control in earth works


  • 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
  • Seepage software computer program demonstration

Slope Stability

  • Slope instability
  • Slope failure types and causes
  • Determination of slope stability and safety
  • Groundwater effects
  • Slope stabilization techniques
  • Selection of design parameters and proper type of slope stability analysis
  • Slope stability computer program demonstration
  • Critical review of slope stability computer results
  • Analysis Theories
  • Method of slices
  • Earthquake design
  • Case studies
  • Workshop on Slope-W and Slide software

Stabilization of Fills and Soil Improvements Techniques

  • Surcharge Loading
  • Vertical Drains

Deep Compaction

  • Vibroflotation
  • Embankment Construction and Control
  • Stabilization of Fill Foundations
  • Chemical Stabilization of Fills
  • Surcharge Loading
  • Vertical Drains
  • Deep Compaction Methods

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