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Design and Construction of Earth and Rock-Fill Dams

COURSE NO: G07-001
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Design and Construction of Earth and Rock-Fill Dams
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents the fundamental principles underlying the design, construction, performance monitoring and modifications of earth and rock-fill dams. The design and construction of earth and rock-fill dams are complex because of the nature of the varying foundation conditions and range of properties of the materials available for use in the embankment.


The successful design, construction, and operation of a reservoir project over the full range of loading require a comprehensive site characterization, a detailed design of each feature, construction supervision, measurement and monitoring of the performance, and the continuous evaluation of the project features during operation.


This 7 PDH  online course is applicable to geotechnical and structural engineers, geologists, design and construction personnel who are involved with the design and construction of earth and rock-fill dams.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Geological and subsurface explorations
  • General design considerations and performance parameters
  • Foundation and abutment preparation
  • Seepage control methods
  • Design of embankments and appurtenant structures
  • General construction considerations
  • Types of instrumentation
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the US Corps of Engineers Publication EM 1110-2-2300, "General Design and Construction Considerations for Earth and Rock-Fill Dams".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Design and Construction of Earth and Rock-Fill Dams (4.1 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty five (35) questions to earn 7 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapters 1 through 10 of this publication. The appendices are provided for reference only.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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