Distance - Ground and Rock Anchors Design Workshop (1.2 CEUs)


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This course is approximately 3 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:

Strengthening and stabilizing soil and rock masses, and resisting structural movements are achieved by anchoring via prestressed reinforcement. To withstand lateral forces, temporary tie-backs in soil are also necessary for successful construction of shallow foundations. 
Ground and Rock Anchors have vast engineering applications and could be used in many projects either within the new design phase or after construction to strengthen components.
Ground and Rock Anchors are important components of ground support, soil improvements, foundation underpinning, wall support and endless other applications. This course is focused on the design, construction and protection of Ground and Rock Anchors.

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.

Ground Anchors
  • Types of Ground Anchors
  • Straight Shaft Gravity-Grouted Ground Anchors
  • Straight Shaft Pressure-Grouted Ground Anchors
  • Post-grouted Ground Anchors
  • Underreamed Anchors
  • Tendon Materials
  • Steel Bar and Strand Tendons
  • Spacers and Centralizers
  • Epoxy-Coated Bar and Epoxy-Coated Filled Strand
  • Other Anchor Types and Tendon Materials
  • Cement Grout
Anchored Walls
  • Soldier Beam and Lagging Wall
  • Soldier Beam
  • Lagging
  • Construction Sequence
  • Continuous Walls
Applications of Ground Anchors
  • Highway Retaining Walls
  • Slope and Landslide Stabilization
  • Tiedown Structures
Site Investigation and Testing

Field Reconnaissance

Subsurface Investigation

  • Soil and Rock Stratigraphy
  • Groundwater
Laboratory Rock and Soil Testing
  • Classification and Index Properties
  • Shear Strength
  • Consolidation
  • Electrochemical Criteria
  • In Situ Soil And Rock Testing
  • Basic Principles Of Anchored System Design
  • General Design Concepts For Anchored Walls
  • Failure Mechanisms Of Anchored Systems
  • Failure Mechanisms Of The Ground Anchor
  • Failure of Soldier Beams
  • Failure of Lagging
Selection of Soil Shear Strength Parameters for Design
  • Drained Shear Strength of Granular Soils
  • Undrained Shear Strength of Normally Consolidated Clay
  • Undrained Shear Strength of Overconsolidated Clay
  • Drained Shear Strength of Overconsolidated Clay
Earth Pressures
  • Active and Passive Earth Pressure
  • Earth Pressure at Rest
  • Influence of Movement on Earth Pressure
Design of Anchored Systems

Evaluation of Earth Pressures for Wall Design

  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Terzaghi and Peck Apparent Earth Pressure Diagrams
  • Recommended Apparent Earth Pressure Diagram for Sands
  • Recommended Apparent Earth Pressure Diagram for Stiff to Hard Fissured Clays
  • Recommended Apparent Earth Pressure Diagram for Soft to Medium Clays
  • Loading Diagrams for Stratified Soil Profiles
  • Sliding Wedge Analysis Method
  • Water Pressures
  • Earth Pressures Due To Surface Loads
  • Uniform Surcharge Loads
  • Point Loads, Line Loads, and Strip Loads
Ground Anchor Design
  • Location of Critical Potential Failure Surface
  • Calculation of Ground Anchor Loads from Apparent Earth Pressure Diagrams
  • Design of the Unbonded Length
  • Compression Anchors
  • Design of the Anchor Bond Length
  • Spacing Requirements for Ground Anchors
  • Selection of Prestressing Steel Element
Wall Design based on Lateral Pressures
  • Design of Soldier Beams and Sheet-Piles
  • Design of Lagging for Temporary Support
  • Design of Wales and Permanent Facing
Lateral Capacity of Embedded Portion of Wall
  • Evaluation of Ultimate Passive Resistance
  • Soldier Beam and Lagging Walls
  • Continuous Walls
  • Depth of Penetration below Excavation
  • Comparison of Wang-Reese and Broms Method for Competent Soils
Ground Mass Stability
  • Basal Stability
  • Evaluation of Bottom Heave Potential in Soft to Medium Clays
  • External Stability
  • Evaluation of External Stability Using Limit Equilibrium
Tiedown Design
  • Uplift Capacity of Rock Tiedown Anchors
  • Uplift Capacity of Soil Tiedown Anchors
  • Design of Tiedown Anchors to Resist Hydrostatic Uplift
Seismic Design
  • Internal Stability Using Pseudo-Static Theory
  • Lateral Earth Pressure
  • Wall Design Considerations
  • Liquefaction
  • External Stability
  • Pseudo-Static Analysis
  • Seismic Deformation Analysis
Corrosion Considerations in Design

Corrosion and Effects on Ground Anchors
  • Mechanism of Metallic Corrosion
  • Types of Corrosion for Prestressing Steel
Corrosion Protection of Ground Anchors
  • Requirements of Corrosion Protection Systems
  • Design of Corrosion Protection Systems
  • Anchorage Protection
  • Unbonded Tendon Length Protection
  • Tendon Bond Length Protection
  • Protection Against Stray Currents
  • Corrosion Protection of Anchors for Structures Subject to Hydrostatic Uplift
Selection of Corrosion Protection level
  • Service Life of the Anchored Structure
  • Aggressivity of the Ground Environment
  • Consequences of Failure of the Anchored System
  • Cost for a Higher Level of Protection
Corrosion of Structural Steel, Cement Grout and Concrete
  • Corrosion and Protection of Steel Soldier Beams and Sheet Piles
  • Degradation and Protection of Cement Grout and Concrete
Load Testing and Transfer of Load to the Anchored System


Concepts for Monitoring Anchor Bond Zone Capacity

Testing and Stressing Equipment
  • Equipment Used in Load Testing
  • Hydraulic Jack and Pump
  • Stressing Anchorage
  • Pressure Gauges and Load Cells
  • Dial Gauge to Measure Movement
  • Jack Chair
Anchor Load Testing
  • Performance Tests
  • Procedures for Performance Test
  • Recording of Performance Test Data
  • Analysis of Performance Test Data
  • Proof Tests
  • Proof Test Procedures and Recording and Analysis of Proof Test Data
  • Extended Creep Testing
  • General
  • Procedures for Extended Creep Test
  • Recording and Analysis of Extended Creep Test Data
  • Acceptance Criteria
  • Creep
  • Apparent Free Length
  • Ground Anchor Acceptance Decision Tree
  • Modification of Design or Installation Procedures

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