This course is part of a series to develop a training and qualification/certification program for geotechnical field inspectors. Topics addressed in the course include the types and durability of mechanically stabilized earth walls (MSEWs) and reinforced
soil slopes (RSS); construction methods and sequences; alignment control; methods of fill and compaction control; plans, specifications, and the geotechnical report; shop drawings; and safety. A 2-hour qualification exam is administered at the end of the course.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- Identify the basic MSEW and RSS types and design philosophy
- Explain the role and duties of the MSEW and RSS inspector
- Identify current practices for constructing MSE structures
- Define key inspection elements for MSEWs and RSS contract documents to assure compliance
- Explain the logical steps to ensure proper communication with engineers and field personnel
- Understand the steps for MSEW and RSS construction
The target audience for this course includes inspectors (novice to senior level), engineers, geologists, and technicians involved in field data collection and quality assurance for MSEWs and RSS structures. In addition, managers; specification and contracting
specialists; bridge/structure, geotechnical and roadway design engineers; and engineering geologists interested in construction aspects of MSEWs and RSS structures are encouraged to attend.
The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been approved as an Authorized Provider
by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET),
1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. In obtaining this approval, NHI
has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standards which are widely
recognized as standards of good practice internationally. As a result of their Authorized
Provider membership status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs
that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standards.