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GSI short course on MSE walls, berms and slopes now available on demand

Events | June 17, 2019 | By:

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) is sponsoring an online course, “Course 2: Construction Inspection of Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Walls, Berms and Slopes,” available anytime on the GSI website. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations.

This online course is focused on the inspection, monitoring and maintenance of MSE walls, berms and slopes reinforced with geogrids and geotextiles. It is felt to be necessary due to the number of failures (excessive deformation and collapse) that have occurred. It focuses on all aspects of such situations. Included are the following presentations:

·         database of 236 failed MSE walls

·         introduction and overview of wall inspection

·         responsibility before construction

·         responsibility during construction

·         responsibility after construction

·         monitoring and remediation

This online course provides detailed construction aspects of MSE walls, berms and slopes with emphasis on inspection of all phases of the operation. Step-by-step construction aspects will be presented along with idiosyncrasies of the various geosynthetics and soil types used in the construction process. Monitoring during and after construction, as well as long-term maintenance procedures will be addressed as well. Laboratory testing of geosynthetic and soil test procedures will be described accordingly. PowerPoint slides of the entire course are also provided.

This webinar will be beneficial to federal, state and regional transportation engineers and related personnel; engineers from municipal districts and townships; private and municipal land developers, consulting engineers and testing laboratories servicing these organizations and providing forensic services; manufacturers of geosynthetic materials; contractors and installers of geosynthetic materials; academic and research groups; and others desiring technically related information on this important aspect of transportation, geotechnical and geosynthetic engineering systems.

The webinar’s instructors are Robert M. Koerner and George Koerner. Robert M. Koerner is professor emeritus of civil engineering at Drexel University and founder and director emeritus of the Geosynthetic Institute. George Koerner is the director of the Geosynthetic Institute.

This course costs $750.00 for GSI and GMA members, and $1000.00 for nonmembers. Successful completion carries 8.0 professional development hours (PDH).

For more information or to register, visit

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