Texas Retaining Wall Design and Slope Stabilization Techniques
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Wednesday, February 2, 2022
8:30 am – 5:00 pm CST (incl. a 60-min break)
Types of Retaining Walls
Traditional cantilevered retaining walls
• Reinforced concrete walls
• Reinforced concrete masonry walls
Soldier pile and lagging walls
Traditional timber walls
Traditional gravity walls
Reinforced soil retaining walls
Anchored retaining walls (tie-backs, soil nailing, etc.)
Temporary retaining walls
Over-steepened reinforced slopes
Private-sector vs. highway retaining wall systems
Cost of retaining walls in Texas
Retaining Wall Design
Soil design parameters
Lateral earth pressure
• Bearing capacity
Special considerations for tiered retaining walls
Science of slope stability in Texas
Surficial vs. deep-seated slope stability
Long term vs. short term stability
Slope stabilization techniques
• Excavation and replacement
• Slope reinforcement/pinning
• Ground improvement
• Toe retaining walls
Retaining Wall and Slope Stabilization Case Histories
Commercial, residential projects
Highway and institutional projects
Case histories in Texas
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Texas Retaining Wall Design and Slope Stabilization Techniques
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Mahsa Hedayati Ph.D P.E.
Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Freese and Nichols, Inc.
Dr. Hedayati is a senior geotechnical engineer at Freese and Nichols, Inc and an adjunct faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her experience with geotechnical engineering includes subsurface investigations, foundation analysis and design, slope stability and seepage analysis, numerical modeling, dam rehabilitation and redesign, levees, floodwalls and drainage structures design. As an adjunct faculty, she teaches courses on computational geotechnics and the geotechnical aspects of landfill design. Dr. Hedayati earned her B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) and her M.Sc. degree from Tehran University, where she focused on polluted soils and decontamination methods. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.
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Course Title: Texas Retaining Wall Design and Slope Stabilization Techniques
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This course covers the types of retaining walls and their applications, retaining wall design based on soil parameters, loads and other site conditions, and slope stabilization strategies specific to soils and site conditions found in Texas.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to differentiate the types of forces that act on retaining walls.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to describe methods to achieve slope stability, including regrading, slope reinforcement/pinning, ground improvement, retaining structures, and excavation and replacement.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify and explain the features and applications of various types of retaining walls, including cantilevered walls, soldier pile and lagging walls, timber walls, gravity walls, anchored walls, and others.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to describe the factors that must be considered when designing a retaining wall, including soil design parameters, lateral earth pressure, bearing capacity, settlement, groundwater, backfill and service life.
LUs: 7.0 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Experience with site evaluations and earthwork
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 11/15/2024
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