This course is intended for Civil and Geotech engineers and civil contractors who use or would like to use geosynthetic soil reinforcement in their projects to save time and money and reduce the environmental impact of their project. The course assumes an introductory level of geotechnical engineering is already held by the student.
After an introduction to the basics of geosynthetics and an overview of the types and functions, the course gives a more in-depth focus on the application of geosynthetic reinforcement to walls, slopes, embankments and pavements. This course does not teach how to design MSE structures or pavements from first principles, but rather focusses on the application of geosynthetics in the design of MSE structures. We will also give an overview of two MSE design programs that are widely used in the industry. Feel free to browse the contents section to get a further understanding of what is involved.
Anyone working in the civil or Geotech engineering profession, as well as project managers and leaders in the construction industry will all benefit from this course. Geosynthetics is a fast growing and dynamic sector of engineering materials, and a large amount of the industry training is currently driven by manufacturers of product which is not always impartial. This course will give you a solid grounding in the products and their application to sustainable infrastructure.
When you have completed the course we intend that you will have the following knowledge and skills:
- Understand the history of soil reinforcement so you have more confidence in using the products, including how long the concept has been in use, when the more modern versions started becoming common, and being able to name some early structures, where they are and the products they were built with.
- Know about the civil engineering functions that a geosynthetic provides, not just reinforcement but much wider. Be able to explain in simple terms which function you are expecting from the product and how it will achieve that function.
- You will be clear on the various categories of geosynthetics and which applications they are used in, such as roading, coastal protection, retaining walls etc.
- A deeper knowledge and understanding of the types of geosynthetics and the polymers used for the specific reinforcement function, and how these will impact your project, and be able to explain this to a colleague.
- Understand common industry terms and be able to explain them to a customer in a simple and concise way.
- Be able to read and understand a geogrid or geotextile data sheet from a manufacturer and know what properties are relevant for you.
- Become familiar with the main industry design standards and resources, and know where to go for more in depth information.
- Identify and name the common components of an MSE structure and the possible failure modes.
- Understand the importance of soil types and compaction requirements, and the influence of water on a design. Clearly articulate the negative effects of poor materials and poor water management and provide solutions to this problem.
- Learn about the most common causes of failure and what can be done to avoid them, understand the concept of best practice and have access to industry guidelines for the same.
- Set up a sample steepened slope geometry in a design program and analyse the critical failure modes, discuss and comment on the suitability and safety of the design.
- Understand the way geogrids and geotextiles work in a pavement, and the similarities and differences to an MSE structure. Identify and name the failure modes that a geosynthetic can help to prevent.