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Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Structure Design and Construction: Slopes, Walls and Roads

APRIL 20-21

This course focuses on the design and construction of geosynthetically reinforced soil systems, including retaining walls, steepened slopes, and roadways. A brief background of the application of each of these technologies will be presented including the advantages, economic considerations, and limitations of each type of system as compared to other conventional practices.

Details concerning the design, selection of reinforcing materials, specification and construction of each type of system will be covered. Current design codes/standards and software will be referenced and summarized. Special issues that have on occasion resulted in undesirable performance will be reviewed. An overview of several recent innovations such as the combination of reinforcement with lightweight fill and newly developed alternative design procedures will also be presented. Each attendee will be given course notes to support the class, which include step-by-step design procedures and example problems.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the key elements regarding design of reinforced soil structures
  2. Provide a working knowledge suitable for preliminary design of reinforced soil structures
  3. Identify those resources and guidelines publicly available to assist in design of retaining walls, steepened slopes and roadways

APRIL 22

Optional Certification Exam: FREE

*Course Pricing

Early Bird (through February 16)
$350 – Government
$750 – Commercial, Single Registrant
$725 – Commercial, 2 Registrants
$700 – Commercial, 3+ Registrants
$295 – Marketing Course (November 19, Half Day)
$75 – GCI-ICP Exam Fee, Single Registrant
$35 – GCI-ICP Exam Fee, 2+ Registrants

After February 16
$350 – Government
$850 – Commercial, Single Registrant
$825 – Commercial, 2 Registrants
$800 – Commercial, 3+ Registrants
$350 – Marketing Course (November 19, Half Day)
$75 – GCI-ICP Exam Fee, Single Registrant
$35 – GCI-ICP Exam Fee, 2+ Registrants

PRICING: $750, Government Rate: $350

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

Michael Bernardi, P.E.

is the Director of Engineering for Strata Systems, Inc., a Division of Glen Raven Technical Fabrics. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Canada and the USA with 40 years of experience in Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering. For most of his career, he has worked in the geosynthetics field in product development and application design. Bernardi’s tenure includes high-level technical work for manufacturers of reinforcement materials and in private consulting, including being a founding partner (2002-2012) in a design/consulting firm focused primarily on the design and development of geosynthetics and geosynthetic- related structures such as concrete modular block retaining walls, steep slopes and embankments. Bernardi is the primary Technical Editor of the 3rd Edition of the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) Design Manual for Segmental Retaining Walls (2009).

Ashley Perry-MacMillan, P.E.

is an Engineering Business Manager for TenCate Geosynthetics. She is a Worcester Polytechnic Institute graduate and a registered Professional Engineer in Utah with 11 years of experience in Geotechnical Engineering. For most of her career, she has focused on best practices for retaining wall design and construction as well as geosynthetic reinforced systems to address complex geotechnical issues. Perry-MacMillan has been involved in numerous studies and publications revolving around smart-geosynthetic reinforced abutments and walls and the evaluation of internal strains of these structures during construction loading compared to design assumptions. She is a member of several TRB Committees and serves on boards with ASCE and the Women’s Transportation Seminar.

Dr. Erol Tutumluer

serves on the faculty of the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois. He specializes in Transportation Geotechnics with research interests and expertise in characterization of pavement and railroad track geomaterials, subgrade soils and base/ballast unbound aggregates, soil/aggregate stabilization, geosynthetics, and much more. Dr. Tutumluer is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Transportation Geotechnics and is the current Chair of the ISSMGE Technical Committee 202 on Transportation Geotechnics.

Dr. Jorge Zornberg, P.E.

is Professor and William J. Murray, Jr. Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He has more than 30 years in research and practice on topics such as retaining walls, reinforced soil structures, and roadway infrastructure. Dr. Zornberg served as president of the International Geosynthetics Society from 2010 – 2014 and has received many prestigious awards, including the Mercer Lecture, the IGS Service Award, ASCE’s Croes medal and Collingwood Prize, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President George W. Bush.

GEOSYNTHETIC THEMED COURSES

April 20 – 21

$750

April 22 Optional Certification Exam: GCI-ICP $75

Instructors: Mark Sieracke, P.E., Sam Allen, and Dr. Jeffrey Kuhn, P.E.

April 20 – 21

$750

April 22 Optional Certification Exam: FREE

Instructors: Dr. George Koerner, P.E. and Abigail Gilson, MS, P.E.

April 20 – 21

$750

April 22 Optional Certification Exam: FREE

Instructors: Michael Bernardi, P.E., Ashley Perry-MacMillan, P.E., Dr. Erol Tutumluer, and Dr. Jorge Zornberg, P.E.

April 20 – 21

$750

April 22 Optional Certification Exam: FREE

Instructors: C. Joel Sprague, P.E., and Markus Wilke

April 22

$295

The Marketing Course is held at the same time on April 22 as the optional certification exams for the April 20-21 courses.

Instructors: Sam Allen and Jacque Dettman

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