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Geotechnical Engineering Series - Earth Retaining Structures

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119.80 USD
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Course description

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In Geotechnical Engineering Series - Earth Retaining Structures, you'll learn ...

  • Classification of earth retaining structures based on load support mechanism, construction method and system rigidity
  • Effects of cohesion, wall friction and wall adhesion on lateral earth pressure
  • The impact of surcharge loads on retaining walls
  • How to check retaining walls for the four basic modes of instability


Credit: 4 PDH

Length: 60 pages

This course, as a part of the Geotechnical Engineering Series, covers basic theories, engineering evaluations, design approaches, and practical CQC (construction quality control) procedures for the design and construction of retaining walls. Although the focus of the course is on earth retaining structures for surface transportation facilities, much of the material is applicable to other applications.

This course is applicable to geotechnical, civil, mining, structural, and environmental engineers, as well as design and construction personnel involved with the planning, design, and construction of earth retaining structures.

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Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 30 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

Training content

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • General approach to retaining structure design
  • Types of earth retaining structures
  • Considerations for selection of retaining structure
  • Lateral earth pressures
  • Effect of cohesion on lateral earth pressures
  • Effect of wall friction and wall adhesion on lateral earth pressures
  • Lateral pressure due to water
  • Lateral pressure from surcharge loads
  • Design steps for retaining walls involving bearing capacity, overturning and sliding, global stability, and settlement and tilt
  • Drainage systems for retaining structures
  • Construction monitoring and inspection


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