New York Slope Stabilization and Landslide Prevention
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Monday, January 31, 2022
8:30 am – 4:30 pm EST (incl. a 60-min break)
James “Jay” A. McKelvey, III, P.E.,D.GE, F.ASCE
Slope Stability Introduction and Investigations
Types of slope movement and instability
• Erosion and mudslides
• Veneer failures
• Deep seated circular failures
• Rapid drawdown
• Rockfall and rock slides
Soil investigations for slope stability
• Site reconnaissance
• Geology and visual observations
• Obtaining and reviewing geotechnical reports
• Establishing appropriate investigational methods
• Subsurface investigations
Reviewing Properties of Soils and Rock
Drained and undrained shear strength
Rock mass rating (RMR)
• Compressive strength
• Rock quality designation (RQD)
• Bedding planes, spacing and condition of discontinuities
Slope Stability and Rockfall Analyses
Slope stability concepts
Understanding slope failures
Impact of surface water and groundwater
Slope Stabilization and Case Histories
Examining slope stabilization methods
• Surface armament and vegetation
Unloading and buttressing
• Reinforcement with geosynthetics
• Rock slope stabilization
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6.5 HSW CE Hours
AIA: (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar)
6.5 HSW CE Hours
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6.5 HSW PDHs
International Code Council:
.65 CEUs (Sitework)
Continuing Education Credit Information
New York Slope Stabilization and Landslide Prevention
This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects and landscape architects licensed in New York.
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James “Jay” A. McKelvey III P.E. D.GE F.ASCE
Director- Geotechnical Design Division at Earth Engineering Inc.
Mr. McKelvey is the director of the Geotechnical Design Division at Earth Engineering Inc. in East Norriton, Pennsylvania. He is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in California, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Mr. McKelvey is also a Diplomate (D.GE) of the Academy of Geo-Professionals and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (F.ASCE).
Mr. McKelvey has extensive experience in geotechnical engineering including site assessment and field investigations; deep and shallow foundation design for buildings, bridges and other structures; retaining wall design; embankment stability; mechanically stabilized soil structures; and subsurface hydrology.
He also has significant experience in mitigating heavy construction claims and litigation support pertaining to impacted heavy construction projects. Mr. McKelvey has also handled construction support and construction quality assurance projects. His environmental engineering experience includes technical contributions to the remediation of many Superfund sites and over 50 landfill design projects.
Mr. McKelvey has published over 30 technical papers in journals, conference proceedings and trade magazines. He is the past chair for the Delaware Valley Geo-Institute (DVGI) and is a voting member in ASTM committees Soil and Rock (D18), and Geosynthetics (D35) and is an editorial board member of the Geotechnical Testing Journal. Mr. McKelvey also serves on two Geo-Institute committees, Earth Structures and Embankments and Dams, the latter of which he is a member of the subcommittee on landslide risk assessment.
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Course Title: New York Slope Stabilization and Landslide Prevention
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This course examines the types and causes of slope movements and how slopes can be stabilized in soil conditions specific to New York. It explores landslide hazards, risks, and mitigation strategies.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify types and causes of slope movement and instability.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify and describe conditions, soil and topography that tend to maintain slope stability, and they will be able discuss stability issues for natural slopes and engineered slopes.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe methods to sustain slope stability, including the use of vegetation, surface protection, unloading, buttressing, drainage, reinforcement, installation of earth retention structures, and combining methods.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to analyze landslide hazards and risks and describe risk-reduction/mitigation strategies.
LUs: 6.5 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Familiarity with site development and earthwork
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 12/02/2024
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