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Geotechnical Conditions 24 PDH Discount Package

PACKAGE NO: DP24G-07
PACKAGE PDH: 24
PACKAGE PRICE: $288
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COURSE TITLE: An Introduction to Seepage and Drainage
COURSE NO: G05-005
An Introduction to Seepage and Drainage
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an introduction to seepage and drainage control for foundations and earth structures. It covers surface erosion, and analysis of flow quantity and groundwater pressures associated with underseepage.  It also presents the requirements for methods of drainage and pressure relief.

 

Control of soil erosion must be considered in all new construction projects. Seepage pressures are of primary importance in stability analysis and in foundation design and construction. Frequently, drawdown of groundwater is necessary for construction. In other situations, pressure relief must be incorporated in temporary and permanent structures.   For erosion analysis, the surface water flow characteristics, soil type, and slope are needed. For analysis of major seepage problems, permeability and piezometric levels should be determined by field observations.

 

This 5 PDH online course is intended for civil engineers, structural engineers, geotechnical engineers, geologists and other design and construction professionals seeking an introduction to methods and techniques for seepage and drainage control for foundations of structures, and earth structures such as dams, reservoirs and levees.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understanding the techniques for analysis of seepage considerations at earth structure
  • Learning how to construct and apply flow net diagrams
  • Learning how to estimate seepage quantities for different soil conditions
  • Learning how to calculate seepage forces exerted on soils subject to seepage conditions
  • Understanding the "boiling" seepage conditions and corresponding mitigation techniques
  • Understanding the cutoff techniques for seepage control
  • Learning how to design and apply drainage blankets
  • Learning about the different types of reservoir linings and their applicability
  • Learning about "piping" failures and subsurface erosion
  • Learning about wellpoint systems
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "An Introduction to Seepage and Drainage".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
An Introduction to Seepage and Drainage (3.81 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (30) questions to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
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.

COURSE TITLE: An Introduction to Settlement and Volume Expansion in Soils
COURSE NO: G04-009
An Introduction to Settlement and Volume Expansion in Soils
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an introduction to methods and techniques for estimating soil settlement and expansion when designing footings and foundations for buildings and other structures. It addresses (a) immediate settlements, (b) long-term settlements, (c) rate of settlement, (d) criteria for tolerable settlement, (e) methods of reducing or accelerating settlements for saturated fine-grained soils and (f) methods for controlling and/or estimating heave in swelling soils. Procedures given are for fine-grained compressible soils as well as for coarse-grained soils.

 

The settlement of saturated cohesive soil consists of the sum of three components; (1) immediate settlement occurring as the load is applied, (2) consolidation settlement occurring gradually as excess pore pressures generated by loads are dissipated, and (3) secondary compression essentially controlled by the composition and structure of the soil skeleton.  The settlement of coarse-grained granular soils subjected to foundation loads occurs primarily from the compression of the soil skeleton due to rearrangement of particles. The permeability of coarse-grained soil is large enough to justify the assumption of immediate excess pore pressure dissipation upon application of load. Settlement of coarse-grained soil can also be induced by vibratory ground motion due to earthquakes, blasting or machinery, or by soaking and submergence.

 

This 4 PDH online course is intended for civil engineers, structural engineers, geotechnical engineers, geologists and other design and construction professionals seeking an introduction to methods and techniques for analyzing and designing for soil settlement and expansion for foundations and footings for buildings and structures.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Learning about the three components of soil settlement
  • Understanding how superimposed loads cause pore pressures to increase, forcing water from compressible stratum which decreases volume and causes settlement
  • Understanding how stresses exceeding the present effective vertical pressure of overburden produce preconsolidation
  • Learning about the mechanisms of settlement for coarse-grained soils
  • Learning how to use shape and rigidity factors to calculate settlements of points at the surface of an elastic half-space
  • Learning how to calculate the magnitude of immediate settlement in clay
  • Learning how to calculate instantaneous settlement of isolated footings on coarse-grained soils
  • Understanding how the typical loading cycle during building construction may cause swell and heave during foundation excavation, followed by application of the structural load which recompresses subsoil and may extend consolidation into the virgin range
  • Learning how to use pressure-void ratio diagrams
  • Learning how to correct settlement calculations for overconsolidated clays that may give an overestimate of the settlement
  • Knowing the relationship between the Settlement Ratio and the overconsolidation Ratio
  • Learning about the relationship between initial shear stress and the overconsolidation ratio
  • Learning about the time rate of primary consolidation
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "An Introduction to Volume and Settlement Expansion".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
An Introduction to Settlement and Volume Expansion in Soils (3.81 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (25) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
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.

COURSE TITLE: Foundations in Expansive Soils
COURSE NO: G08-004
Foundations in Expansive Soils
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course will cover the test and design methods that can be used to determine soils with heave potential and how to design foundations that can effectively function in heaving soils. After reading this course the student will have valuable knowledge regarding the use of foundations in expansive soils in various soils types.

 

Soil heave that is caused by soils with swell potential can be detrimental to various types of foundations. There are several variables that can cause heave which are mainly related to a change in moisture conditions.

 

This 8 PDH online course is applicable to civil, geotechnical, structural and environmental engineers working in the fields of foundation design, roadway design, and materials testing, as well as anyone that would like to gain more knowledge in geotechnical and structural engineering specialties.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understanding when heave generally occurs after construction
  • Familiarizing with the common problems with shaft foundations
  • Applying lime treatment for soils with swell potential
  • Determining the approximate percent steel for concrete shafts
  • Understanding the effects of lowering the water table
  • Learning how to use the Thornthwaite Moisture Index (MI)
  • Understanding the effects of the water table on soil heave
  • Understanding the effects of a high cation exchange capacity (CEC)
  • Learning how to determine to use differential heave or mat foundations
  • Understanding the effects of structural damage cause by swelling soil
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Technical Manual Publication TM 5-818-7, "Foundations in Expansive Soils".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Foundations in Expansive Soils (2.58 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of forty (40) questions to earn 8 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this USACE Publication.
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.

COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Geotechnical Issues in Pavement Design
COURSE NO: G07-004
Introduction to Geotechnical Issues in Pavement Design
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course introduces geotechnical issues in pavement design, construction, and performance, including: 1) the identification of the geotechnical parameters of interest; 2) the influence of climate, moisture, and drainage; 3) the impact of unsuitable subgrades; 4) the determination of the geotechnical inputs needed for designing different types of pavements; and 5) the evaluation and selection of appropriate remediation measures for unsuitable pavement subgrades.  A brief history of the AASHTO highway pavement design techniques is included to illustrate how geotechnical design considerations have grown in importance and prominence over time. In addition, the mechanistic-empirical design approach developed under the NCHRP 1-37A Pavement Guide is discussed.

 

This 7 PDH online course is intended primarily for civil, geotechnical, highway, and transportation engineers interested in gaining a better understanding of pavement design.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understanding the historical perspective on pavement design
  • Learning about the components of a pavement system
  • Learning about flexible, rigid, and composite pavements
  • Learning about unpaved and naturally surfaced roads
  • Understanding pavement performance with ties to geotechnical issues
  • Understanding the issues related to new construction, rehabilitation and reconstruction
  • Understanding the design considerations related to natural subgrade, cut and fill, environmental effects, drainage, and soil improvement
  • Understanding the sensitivity of pavement design to geotechnical parameters
  • Learning about empirical, mechanistic and mechanistic-empirical design
  • Familiarizing with the AASHTO pavement design guides
  • Familiarizing with the NCHRP 1-37A Pavement Guide
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapters 1, 2 and 3 of the FHWA publication "Geotechnical Aspects of Pavements", FHWA NHI-05-037, by B. Christopher, C. Schwartz, and R. Boudreau, May, 2006.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Introduction to Geotechnical Issues in Pavement Design (Chap. 1 - 3) (2.32 MB)
Reference Material Only (12.6 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of forty (40) questions to earn 7 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapters 1, 2 and 3 of this FHWA publication. The remainder of the publication is 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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