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Construction of Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls and Reinforced Soil Slopes

PROGRAM AREA: Geotechnical
Instructor-led Training (ILT)Instructor-led Training (ILT)
Calendar Year
Host Price
1 Days
0.6 Units
$625 Per Participant

TRAINING LEVEL: Intermediate

CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 20 Maximum: 35


This course presents the concepts of mechanically stabilized earth wall (MSEW) and reinforced soil slope (RSS) systems and their application to roadways. The construction materials for both systems are described and guidance on acceptance for use is given. MSEW and RSS system construction steps are taught and typical construction practices and techniques are presented.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize potential applications for MSEWs and RSS structures in transportation facilities
  • Recognize differences between available systems and their components
  • Understand the intent of specification/contracting method(s)
  • Define and communicate major components of construction inspection of MSEWs and RSS structures to confirm compliance with design
  • Understand the steps for MSEW and RSS construction and the corresponding points for inspection


The primary audience for this course is agency and consultant construction engineers, inspectors, and technicians. In addition, management; specification and contracting specialists; bridge/structures, geotechnical, and roadway design engineers; and engineering geologists interested in construction aspects of MSEWs and RSS structures are encouraged to attend. Attendees should have a basic knowledge of soil mechanics and structural engineering. (Note that NHI offers a 3-day course, FHWA-NHI-132042 Design of MSEWs and RSSs and a 3-day course, FHWA-NHI-132080 Inspection of MSEWs and RSSs.)

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.


Start Date: 12/01/2016
End Date: 12/01/2016
Location: STERLING, VA
Local Coordinator: Sarah Nappier (703) 404-6222
2 Public Seats
$625 Per Participant
3 FHWA Seats

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The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, NHI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.


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