How to Read a Geotechnical Report
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Friday, January 14, 2022
11:00 am – 2:15 pm CST
Joseph S. Cooke, P.E.
Background information: things to know prior to reading a report
The subsurface investigation
The subsurface conditions
Example reporting (many examples discussed throughout the session)
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Bill Simpson P.E.
Geotechnical Structure Design Specialist at Gradelta Engineering
Mr. Simpson founded Gradelta Engineering in 2020 with the intent to help clients better understand the combination of geotechnical and structural engineering that he has worked with for the past 20 years. He earned his B.S.C.E. and M.S.C.E. degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology. He currently provides engineering services to contractors and fellow engineers for earth structure pricing, along with the plans and calculations needed for construction. He frequently consults with clients regarding the optimal structure type and location on the construction site to minimize risk and maximize useable space. He also works in the education sector providing not just seminars such as this one, but also acting as a subject matter expert creating study guide and test prep content for the NCEES Professional Civil Engineer exam. Mr. Simpson has also worked with lawyers and insurance companies during forensic investigation and lawsuits surrounding retaining walls and slope failures. His hope is that through the instructional services that he currently provides, slopes will remain stable and retaining wall failure will be eliminated.
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Course Title: How to Read a Geotechnical Report
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This course examines the purpose of geotechnical reports to design professionals, how subsurface field investigations are conducted to determine soil conditions and groundwater conditions, and bearing capacities are determined for foundations and slab on grade.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain the utility of geotechnical reports for design and construction professional.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to describe how subsurface investigations are conducted in the field and the laboratory.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to explain how subface soil conditions and groundwater conditions are evaluated and determined.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to read and review geotechnical reports to ascertain allowable bearing capacity for foundations and slab on grade, site preparation and fill placement, placement of pavement, lateral Earth pressure, groundwater controls, site seismic classification, and soil resistivity and corrosivity.
LUs: 3.0 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Experience with site evaluations and development
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: None
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