Soil Slope and Embankment Design and Construction
Instructor-led Training (ILT)
TRAINING LEVEL: Intermediate
CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 20 Maximum: 30
This course covers important aspects associated with the design and construction of soil slopes and embankments. It is intended to provide transportation earthwork professionals with knowledge to recognize potential problems with soil slope/embankment stability and deformation in transportation projects. Participants will develop the skills necessary to design and evaluate soil slopes and embankments and learn about the implications for construction and inspections. The course embraces both design and construction.
Participants will receive a comprehensive reference manual, used by practicing highway and geotechnical engineers covering investigation, design, construction, and mitigation of soil slopes and embankments. The participant workbook contains copies of visual aids and student exercises that closely follow the PowerPoint slide presentations. The participant exercises promote interaction in the classroom and illustrate the basic principles and analyses.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
Recognize potential failure modes or deformation types for soil slopes and embankments
Identify the potential failure modes for soil slopes and the type of analysis required to evaluate stability of the slope
Determine the stability of a slope using slope stability charts
Recognize the major design consideration for embankments constructed using earth fill, rock fill, and lightweight fill
List the steps necessary for designing an embankment over compressible foundation soil
List the common causes/triggering mechanisms for landslides/slope instabilities
List appropriate stabilization methods
The target audience is bridge, geotechnical, or transportation engineers with 0 to 20 years of experience and responsible for the design, analysis, and construction maintenance or remediation of soil slopes and embankments on surface transportation facilities.
If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 877.558.6873.
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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.