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Inspection of Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls and Reinforced Soil Slopes

PROGRAM AREA: Geotechnical
Instructor-led Training (ILT)Instructor-led Training (ILT)
Calendar Year
Host Price
3 Days
1.8 Units
$925 Per Participant

TRAINING LEVEL: Intermediate

CLASS SIZE: Minimum: 20 Maximum: 35


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.

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


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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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