TRB Webinar: Evaluating the Performance of Retaining Walls and Embankments

September 15, 2021 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM U.S. Eastern
Cost (for your seat)
Professional Development Hours for this webinar
1.50 hour(s)
Continuing Education Hours for this webinar
AAE: 0.00 hour(s)
AICP: 0.00 hour(s)
CLE: 0.00 hour(s)

Ongoing performance evaluation and research in embankment earthworks and retaining wall support can have implications for several aspects of a project. TRB will host a webinar on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 from 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern that will introduce modeling and field instrumentation  as well as describe how these tools inform design. Using these tools may help with reducing project cost, risk reduction, system resiliency, life-cycle costs, long-term performance, and return on investment. Presenters will discuss instrumentation of walls for economy and risk control. They will also cover instrumentation and monitoring of load transfer and differential movement in column-support embankments. Presenters will also discuss instrumentation use to both measure and improve understanding of the interaction between wall and foundation for load support.

This webinar is sponsored by the Standing Technical Committees on Transportation Earthworks and Geotechnical Instrumentation and Modeling.

Some registrants will need to pay $95 to attend this webinar. Sign into to view registration information.

Webinar agenda and presenters

  1. Economy and risk control: Barry Christopher, Christopher Consultants
  2. Load transfer and differential movement in column-supported embankments: Liang Chern Chow, American Engineering Testing
  3. Understanding the interaction between wall and foundation for load support: Jie Han, University of Kansas
  4. Question and answer session: Moderated by Derrick Dasenbrock, Federal Highway Administration

The first 60 minutes of the webinar will be for presentations and the final 30 minutes will be reserved for audience questions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the economy and risk management provided by geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring
  2. Identify new design methods and modeling from instrumentation and monitoring of column-supported embankments
  3. Discuss the interaction between wall and wall foundations for load support improved by geotechnical instrumentation of full-scale construction 

Professional Development Hour Information

Professional engineers (PEs) who register and attend the entire webinar as an individual will be awarded 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). TRB’s webinar program awards PDH credits only to the registered individual, and not to other members of a group that view the webinar together. To be eligible for the credits, individuals must remain signed in for the entire webinar, including for any question and answer session following the presentations.

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TRB will report credits earned to the Registered Continuing Education Program (RCEP). Complaints about registered providers may be sent to RCEP, 1015 15th Street, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20005.

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