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Slope Stability and Erosion Control Design Workshop (1.2 CEUs)

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Daily Schedule: 
8:00am - Registration and coffee (1st day only)
8:30am - Session begins
4:30pm - Adjournment
Breakfast, two refreshment breaks and lunch are provided daily.


The successful analysis and design of slope and erosion control requires an in-depth understanding of several subjects and concepts. It is imperative to harmonize slope stability and the use of erosion control techniques for retaining earth masses in attractive, environmentally compatible and cost-effective ways. This requires a thorough understanding of the erosion process, structural and mechanical methods to control erosion, as well as the mechanics of mass stability and surface erosion. This course presents the information needed to provide adequate analyses and treatment procedures of retained earth masses in two parts:
  • Slope Stability Design
  • Erosion Control Concepts and Techniques

Each part is assigned one full day to cover theory, practical information on design, hands-on problem solving and a selection of well-documented case studies. 

Target Audience

Highway, railroad construction, and maintenance engineers; consulting engineers; developers; landscape architects; construction contractors; individuals involved in slope protection, projects/stabilization/repair as it may relate to agriculture, watershed and wetlands, airports, harbours, gas pipelines, mining, forestry, lakeshore and stream bank slope protection; regulatory personnel concerned with fisheries, water quality and the environment.
A background in civil or geotechnical engineering, geology, soil science, would be helpful but is not a must.

Special Features
  • You will receive comprehensive course notes that will be useful for future reference
  • You will receive in class training on two slope stability software:
    • Slope-W Program and SLIDE
Required Material
Please bring your own:
  • Standard Engineering Calculator (with scientifc functions)
  • Laptop for live software training

Dr. Gamal Abdel Aziz

Dr. Gamal Abdelaziz, P.Eng, MSc. has a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Cana
da. Dr. Abdelaziz has served as a senior geotechnical engineer at DST Consulting engineers, Sarafinchin Consulting engineers, Trow Consulting and EBA engineering. Currently he is the managing director of SAGA Engineering, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
Dr. Abdelaziz has over 32 years of experience in geotechnical and structural engineering, foundation design, teaching, research and consulting in Canada and overseas.
Dr. Gamal has designed and delivered over one hundred geotechnical engineering workshops which are very well received by practitioners engineers in Canada and globally.
Currently he is a senior geotechnical engineer with SAGA Engineering, Edmonton, Alberta. His duties include revision of geotechnical design, including slope stability, foundation and machine foundation design, soil investigation, design of cuts and earthfills, evaluation of stability of existing slopes, slope reinforcement using geotextiles, geogrids, soil nails, base reinforcement to support earthfills on soft subgrade soils, Erosion protection using geocells matting, rip rap, stabilization of unstable slopes, evaluation of soil bearing capacity to support footing foundations, Settlement studies, deep foundations including driven piles, auger injected (CFA) piles, additional support to existing foundations by underpinning utilizing concrete panels, grouting, micropiles, evaluation of earth pressures on retaining walls, security of excavation base, tieback support, etc.
Dr. Abdelaziz is a former adjunct professor at University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, visiting professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada and part time professor at Seneca College, Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Abdelaziz is specialized in numerical modeling for solving sophisticated geotechnical engineering problems with respect to pile foundation and the linear and nonlinear analysis of soil-structure interaction. He designed charts to predict pressures acting on tunnels, and developed an analytical model for pile bearing capacity prediction.
Dr. Abdelaziz authored a number of technical papers and delivered numerous internal and external workshops on various geotechnical and Municipal engineering topics. Dr. Abdelaziz has been involved in a number of projects in Canada and overseas, such as tunneling, silos, buildings, retaining structures, siphons, irrigation networks and many other civil engineering projects in terms of design and construction.

Program Outline

Slope Stability Analysis and design Workshop

  • Site Investigation Considerations
  • Soil Mechanics Revision
  • Effective Stress Concept
  • Factor of Safety
  • Stability of Infinite Slopes
  • Stability with Seepage
  • Analysis of Finite Slopes with Plane Failure Surfaces (Culmanns Method)
  • Mass Procedure—Slopes In Homogenous Clay Soil with f = 0
  • Mass Procedure for Stability of Saturated Clay Slope (f = 0 Condition) With Earthquake Forces
  • Mass Procedure—Slopes In Homogenous C-f Soil
  • Ordinary Methods of Slices
  • Bishops Simplified Method of Slices
  • Stability Analysis by Method of Slices For Steady State Seepage
  • Morgensterns Method of Slices for Rapid Drawdown Condition
  • Fluctuation of Factor of Safety of Slopes in Clay Embankment on Saturated Clay
  • Slope Stability Charts
  • Summary and General Comments
  • Workshop on Slope Design Using Slope-W Case Studies

Erosion Control Design Workshop

Slope Stability Analysis and design Workshop
  • Erosion and Sedimentation Control Management Strategy
  • Erosion and Sediment Process
  • Mechanics of Erosion and Sedimentation
  • Types of Water Erosion and Factors Affecting Erosion
  • Site Assessment
  • Site Erosion Potential and Evaluation
  • Approaches to Estimation of Site Erosion Potential
  • Empirical Method for Sediment Storage/Impoundment
  • Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (Rusle)
  • Rainfall Factor and Soil Erodibility Factor
  • Soil Erodibility Adjustment Factor
  • Topographic Factor
  • Topographic Adjustment Factor
  • Vegetation and Management Factor
  • Support Practice Factor
  • Site Evaluation
  • Slope Analysis Summary
  • Drainage Analysis Summary
  • Site Hazard Classification
  • Connectivity to Downstream Resources
  • Erosion and Sediment Control Methods
  • The Permanent Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan
  • Example Soil Test Data for Different Parts of Alberta and Respective Soil Erodibility Rating
  • Preliminary Assessment
  • Guidelines for the Design of Sediment Containment
  • Design Examples
  • Erosion Single Slope
  • Erosion Potential and Site Hazard
  • Erosion Potential of Benched Slope
  • Erosion Potential of a Low Fill Embankment
  • Channel Protection Riprap Lining
  • Case Studies
Risk Management Design Workshop
  • The Quantitative Risk Assessment Process
  • What Is Wrong With Factors Of Safety?
  • Procedure for Quantitative Risk Assessment
  • Risk Analysis
  • Hazard analysis
  • Consequence analysis
  • Risk estimation
  • Limitations of risk analysis
  • Risk Assessment
  • Concepts of risk assessment
  • Existing risk acceptability criteria
  • Acceptable and tolerable risk guidelines for landsliding
  • Examples of Slope Stability Quantitative Risk Assessment
  • Examples


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Executive Airport Plaza
7311 Westminster Hwy
Richmond, BC
V6X 1A3
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