Instructors - Stan Miller, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE and Sunil Sharma, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE
Landslides and slope failures are responsible for millions of dollars of damage to public and private property every year. The primary factors driving this trend include aging slopes constructed for major transportation systems in the U.S. during the 1950s and 1960s and the ever-increasing need to develop land on steep natural slopes and fills for public and private purposes. Because slopes consist of native or transported earth materials, engineering properties and behaviors are quite variable and unpredictable to precise limits. This variability is compounded by the frequent presence and influence of surface water runoff and groundwater infiltration that often trigger landslide movements. Today, the analysis and solution of landslide problems as well as the prevention of landslide problems requires an understanding of geology, hydrology, seismology, geotechnical exploration and engineering, computerized analytical methods, and practical and constructible engineering solutions. The seminar will target three main areas of interest related to slopes: collecting and evaluating geologic and geotechnical data; analytical methods for soil and rock slopes; and stabilization methods.
Earn 1.4 Continuing Education Units (1.4 CEUs)