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NHI hosting course on earth retaining structures in New Mexico and California

Events, News | April 30, 2018 | By:

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) National Highway Institute (NHI) will host a three-day instructor-led course on earth retaining structures twice this summer, in Sacramento, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The course (Course Number FHWA-NHI-132036) will provide state-of-the-practice design tools and construction techniques to expand implementation of safe and cost-effective earth retention technologies, NHI said. The course addresses the selection, design, construction, and performance of earth retaining structures used for support of fills and excavations or cut slopes. Instructors will cover factors that affect wall selection, including contracting approaches with an emphasis on required bidding documents for each approach. Class discussions will include design procedures and case histories, demonstrating the selection, design and performance of various earth retaining structures. Detailed information on subsurface investigation, soil and rock property design parameter selection, lateral earth pressures for wall system design, and load and resistance factor design (LRFD) for retaining walls will be provided.

FHI said, this intermediate-level course is appropriate for agency and consultant bridge/structures, geotechnical and roadway design engineers; engineering geologists; and consultant review specialists. In addition, management, specification, contracting specialists, and construction engineers involved in design and contracting aspects of retaining structures are encouraged to attend. Attendees should have a basic knowledge of soil mechanics and structural engineering, including some understanding of LRFD concepts.

The course will be offered June 18–20, 2018, in Sacramento, and July 17–19, 2018, in Santa Fe. The course fee is $950 per participant.

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