Geosynthetics for Soil Reinforcement (GeoforSR)

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    Introduction

    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.

    Learning Outcomes

    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.

    Limited places.

    1, Introduction to the course

    • Context and content overview
    • Outline the focus of the course as application of geosynthetics

    2, History of soil reinforcement

    • A Historical perspective to give background and confidence

    3, Overview of the functions of geosynthetics

    • This section covers all functions briefly, not just reinforcement to give a broader scope

    4, Overview of the categories

    • Here we explore the engineering categories that geosynthetics fall into

    5, Applications overview

    • Overview of all applications not just reinforcement

    6, Types of geosynthetic used for reinforcement

    • Learn about the manufacture processes and how they impact performance

    7, Polymers used for reinforcement

    • Learn about the polymers used and why this is relevant for design

    8, Properties and tests

    • Learn about the test methods and published properties

    9, Function of reinforcement and stabilisation

    • A deeper look at the reinforcement function
    • Difference between stabilisation and reinforcement
    • Concepts of soil reinforcement such as load distribution etc

    10, Pavements and foundations, stabilisation and reinforcement

    • Overview and context (i.e. not a pavement design course, application of geosynthetics only)
    • Functions applicable to foundations and pavements
    • Learn different failure modes; rutting, punching and global etc.

    11, Design properties for reinforcement

    • Understanding manufacturers data sheets
    • Calculating long term design strength and pull-out resistance
    • Creep rupture versus creep strain, temperature/stress/strain, Isochrone curves

    12, Standards and resources used for MSE walls, slopes and embankments

    • Overview of the most common codes and guides from the UK and USA
    • Key terms used and their meanings
    • MSE vs RSS
    • LRFD vs ASD
    • Design states ULS and SLS

    13, Components of an MSE system

    • Learn the various components and their role in the structure

    14, Internal and external stability

    • Potential failure modes and the role the geosynthetic plays in this
    • MSE Walls, Reinforced Slopes, and Embankments

    15, Influence of soil types and water

    • Investigate how soil strength and weight affects the design
    • Look at examples of the effect of water

    16, Facing options and connection to the soil mass

    • Identify and name common options in the market
    • Learn the importance of connection and how to design for it

    17, Construction detailing, best practice and common pitfalls

    • Importance of construction monitoring
    • Drill down on some of the most common issues
    • Learn about the available construction guides and manuals
    • Discuss the importance of drainage

    18, Seismic and extreme events

    • How seismic events are considered in MSE structures
    • Tiered walls, back to back walls and water applications

    19, Design Programs

    • Overview of MSEW and ReSSa industry leading programs

     

    Michael Sorensen

    Michael is a civil and geotech engineering technician with over 12 years’ experience in the design and practical application of geosynthetics. Michael is a Chartered Member of Engineering New Zealand (Eng. Technician) and has a special passion for ongoing learning in this fast-moving field of engineering and sharing knowledge with other professionals.

    Over the years Michael has facilitated many seminars and training presentations as a speaker and enjoys the interaction and learning from these forums, as well as regularly attending world leading industry conferences to stay tuned with industry innovators.

    Michaels role involves working with engineers and contractors to solve civil engineering challenges with practical and economic geosynthetic solutions, as well as developing new solutions and keeping colleagues and customers up to date with the technical and compliance aspect of the products.

    LinkedIN profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-sorensen-05554291

    All of our courses are offered 100% online, through our intuitive Virtual Campus. Topics are taught through:

    • – Videos
    • – Interactive multimedia content
    • – Live classes
    • – Texts
    • – Case studies
    • – Evaluation exercises
    • – Additional documentation

     

    The content is updated in each new course edition, so that knowledge is acquired around the latest news and state-of-the-art geotechnical engineering technology.

    One of the most interesting aspects of our courses is the use of live videoconferences, in which teachers and students interact in a continuous exchange of knowledge and problem solving. In addition to this, students can make use of the platform’s forum, a meeting point where they can interact with teachers and other students.

    A tutoring system will also be established by email, which will resolve any possible doubts about the course, and which will serve as a point of connection for students with specific questions on each module.

    Students can also download all course documentation, including texts, videos, video conferences and exercises.

    Anyone working in the civil or Geotech engineering profession, as well as project managers and leaders in the construction and land development industries 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

    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 environmental impact. The course assumes an introductory level of geotechnical engineering is already held by the student.

    Please also refer to the Career Opportunities section for more details.

    At the end of the course, and as accreditation of knowledge acquired and of the technical and practical training, students who correctly complete the corresponding evaluation tests of the geotechnical engineering course will obtain an academic certificate issued by Ingeoexpert. This digital certificate is protected by Blockchain technology, making it unique and tamper-proof, thus enabling companies to verify its authenticity.

    It can also be downloaded by students, forwarded by email and shared on social networks, as well as embedded on any website. You can see an example here.

    Completion of this course will assist with most career options relating to the design and construction of sustainable infrastructure which incorporates roads, bridges and other land development and earthworks related projects.
    The content is designed to specifically help Geotech and civil engineers, site or project engineers and project managers to understand the products which are becoming more common in value engineering solutions.

    This includes but is not limited to the following career options:

    • – Civil or geotechnical design engineer
    • – Civil or geotechnical tertiary student
    • – Project Engineer – Roads, Bridges or land development
    • – Project Manager – Roads, Bridges or land development
    • – Technical sales – Construction Industry
    • – Land Developers

    Introduction

    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.

    Learning Outcomes

    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.

    Limited places.

    Read more

    1, Introduction to the course

    • Context and content overview
    • Outline the focus of the course as application of geosynthetics

    2, History of soil reinforcement

    • A Historical perspective to give background and confidence

    3, Overview of the functions of geosynthetics

    • This section covers all functions briefly, not just reinforcement to give a broader scope

    4, Overview of the categories

    • Here we explore the engineering categories that geosynthetics fall into

    5, Applications overview

    • Overview of all applications not just reinforcement

    6, Types of geosynthetic used for reinforcement

    • Learn about the manufacture processes and how they impact performance

    7, Polymers used for reinforcement

    • Learn about the polymers used and why this is relevant for design

    8, Properties and tests

    • Learn about the test methods and published properties

    9, Function of reinforcement and stabilisation

    • A deeper look at the reinforcement function
    • Difference between stabilisation and reinforcement
    • Concepts of soil reinforcement such as load distribution etc

    10, Pavements and foundations, stabilisation and reinforcement

    • Overview and context (i.e. not a pavement design course, application of geosynthetics only)
    • Functions applicable to foundations and pavements
    • Learn different failure modes; rutting, punching and global etc.

    11, Design properties for reinforcement

    • Understanding manufacturers data sheets
    • Calculating long term design strength and pull-out resistance
    • Creep rupture versus creep strain, temperature/stress/strain, Isochrone curves

    12, Standards and resources used for MSE walls, slopes and embankments

    • Overview of the most common codes and guides from the UK and USA
    • Key terms used and their meanings
    • MSE vs RSS
    • LRFD vs ASD
    • Design states ULS and SLS

    13, Components of an MSE system

    • Learn the various components and their role in the structure

    14, Internal and external stability

    • Potential failure modes and the role the geosynthetic plays in this
    • MSE Walls, Reinforced Slopes, and Embankments

    15, Influence of soil types and water

    • Investigate how soil strength and weight affects the design
    • Look at examples of the effect of water

    16, Facing options and connection to the soil mass

    • Identify and name common options in the market
    • Learn the importance of connection and how to design for it

    17, Construction detailing, best practice and common pitfalls

    • Importance of construction monitoring
    • Drill down on some of the most common issues
    • Learn about the available construction guides and manuals
    • Discuss the importance of drainage

    18, Seismic and extreme events

    • How seismic events are considered in MSE structures
    • Tiered walls, back to back walls and water applications

    19, Design Programs

    • Overview of MSEW and ReSSa industry leading programs

     

    Read more

    Michael Sorensen

    Michael is a civil and geotech engineering technician with over 12 years’ experience in the design and practical application of geosynthetics. Michael is a Chartered Member of Engineering New Zealand (Eng. Technician) and has a special passion for ongoing learning in this fast-moving field of engineering and sharing knowledge with other professionals.

    Over the years Michael has facilitated many seminars and training presentations as a speaker and enjoys the interaction and learning from these forums, as well as regularly attending world leading industry conferences to stay tuned with industry innovators.

    Michaels role involves working with engineers and contractors to solve civil engineering challenges with practical and economic geosynthetic solutions, as well as developing new solutions and keeping colleagues and customers up to date with the technical and compliance aspect of the products.

    LinkedIN profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-sorensen-05554291

    Read more

    All of our courses are offered 100% online, through our intuitive Virtual Campus. Topics are taught through:

    • – Videos
    • – Interactive multimedia content
    • – Live classes
    • – Texts
    • – Case studies
    • – Evaluation exercises
    • – Additional documentation

     

    The content is updated in each new course edition, so that knowledge is acquired around the latest news and state-of-the-art geotechnical engineering technology.

    One of the most interesting aspects of our courses is the use of live videoconferences, in which teachers and students interact in a continuous exchange of knowledge and problem solving. In addition to this, students can make use of the platform’s forum, a meeting point where they can interact with teachers and other students.

    A tutoring system will also be established by email, which will resolve any possible doubts about the course, and which will serve as a point of connection for students with specific questions on each module.

    Students can also download all course documentation, including texts, videos, video conferences and exercises.

    Read more

    Anyone working in the civil or Geotech engineering profession, as well as project managers and leaders in the construction and land development industries 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

    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 environmental impact. The course assumes an introductory level of geotechnical engineering is already held by the student.

    Please also refer to the Career Opportunities section for more details.

    Read more

    At the end of the course, and as accreditation of knowledge acquired and of the technical and practical training, students who correctly complete the corresponding evaluation tests of the geotechnical engineering course will obtain an academic certificate issued by Ingeoexpert. This digital certificate is protected by Blockchain technology, making it unique and tamper-proof, thus enabling companies to verify its authenticity.

    It can also be downloaded by students, forwarded by email and shared on social networks, as well as embedded on any website. You can see an example here.

    Read more

    Completion of this course will assist with most career options relating to the design and construction of sustainable infrastructure which incorporates roads, bridges and other land development and earthworks related projects.
    The content is designed to specifically help Geotech and civil engineers, site or project engineers and project managers to understand the products which are becoming more common in value engineering solutions.

    This includes but is not limited to the following career options:

    • – Civil or geotechnical design engineer
    • – Civil or geotechnical tertiary student
    • – Project Engineer – Roads, Bridges or land development
    • – Project Manager – Roads, Bridges or land development
    • – Technical sales – Construction Industry
    • – Land Developers

    Read more

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