Distance - Earthworks Design, Construction & Inspection (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

Often conventional soil mechanics does not predict the behaviour and misbehaviour of fills adequately. However, considerable knowledge and experience of the real behaviour 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 behaviour, methods of analysis and in the problems and effects of placement with 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 and 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 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 most poplar 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
  • 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 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

    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

    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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