Classroom Seminar
Basic Soil Mechanics Related to Earth Dams


Chicago, IL


06/02/2020 - 06/04/2020


The objective of this course will be to provide a comprehensive presentation of the significant principles and concepts of soil mechanics to the participants. The material will be presented with emphasis on the basic soil mechanics principles prerequisite to further study for design or rehabilitation of earth embankment dams. This is a basic level course intended as an introduction for those with minimal to moderate knowledge or experience in the application of soil mechanics principles to earth dam design, operation and rehabilitation. This course is a good prerequisite to the more advanced ASDSO seminars on: Stability Analysis of Embankment Dams, and Seepage Through Earth Dams.

Learning objectives attendees will receive from this course:

  • The significant basic concepts and principles of soil mechanics prerequisite to further courses related to the use of soil mechanics principles for earth embankment design and rehabilitation.
  • The theory of consolidation related to embankment dam engineering
  • The concepts of soil shear strength related to embankment dam engineering
  • The concepts of lateral earth pressure needed for hydraulic structure applications
  • A basic understanding of phreatic surface, embankment permeability, and drainage systems
  • Appropriate field investigation techniques needed to evaluate foundation conditions for design and rehabilitation of embankment dams
  • Appropriate field and insitu testing procedures for existing or new embankment dams

Registration Rates: Download the Registration Form or Register Online

  • Member Rate: $900 on or before May 15/$950 after May 15
  • Non-Member Rate: $1,000 on or before May 15/$1,050 after May 15

Cancellation Policy:

  • A $75 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations received on or before May 22. After May 22 no refunds will be given.

PDHs Available:

  • 17 PDHs are available for the completion of the course. NY licensed engineers please check back close to the course for details on the number of PDHs available.


  • Conference Chicago at University Center/Lake Room, 525 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
  • Conference Chicago DOES NOT have its own parking. There a a number of parking garages and lots around the building. More details will come to registered attendees prior to the seminar.
  • No ASDSO group blocks have been reserved, however, there are several hotels within close proximity to the seminar location that may offer government per diems or other discounted rates.

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