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Thursday, July 13, 2023
2:00 – 4:00 pm CDT
Soil Investigation and Classification
Presented by James “Jay” A. McKelvey, III, P.E.,D.GE, F.ASCE
Soil Investigation and Classification
Properties of soil
• Importance of recognizing soil properties
• Formation of soils
• Types of soils and their properties
Soil investigation on construction sites
• Site reconnaissance
• Geology and visual observations
• Drilling and boring
• Test pits
• Establishing appropriate investigational methods
• Obtaining and reviewing geotechnical reports
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2.0 HSW CE Hours
2.0 HSW CE Hours
2.0 HSW PDHs*
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0.2 CEUs (Sitework)**
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James “Jay” A. McKelvey, P.E. D.GE F.ASCEDirector-Geotechnical Design Division at Earth Engineering Inc. in East Norriton, Pennsylvania.
Mr. McKelvey is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in California, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia. He 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: Soil Investigation and Classification
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This two-hour course explains the properties, characteristics and formation of soils and describes investigational methods to use on construction sites to identify and classify soils, such as site reconnaissance, drilling and boring. The course concludes with a focus on obtaining and reviewing geotechnical reports.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss the properties of soil and explain the importance of identifying them.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to differentiate between different types of soils and their properties, and describe the process of soil formation.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe the available methods of soil investigation on construction sites such as site reconnaissance, visual observations, drilling, boring and test pits.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to obtain and evaluate geotechnical reports and establish appropriate investigational methods.
LUs: 2.0 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Experience with sitework
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 05/03/2026
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