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Erosion Control 2-for-1 Special: Preventing Erosion and Slope Instability


Course 1 - Low Volume Roads Engineering Best Practices

Across the world, almost 70% of our road infrastructure is classified as “low-volume”. When not designed and constructed correctly, these roads contribute to substantial sediment and erosion, cause slope instability, adversely affect the environment…and are statistically unsafe AND costly.

Join Gordon Keller for the first session of our Roadway Erosion Control Best Practices Master Class to explore low-volume road design best practices and mitigation measures for well-designed and constructed roads that are sustainable, cost-effective, and produce minimal environmental damage.

In this online training webinar, Keller will outline the best practices in low-volume road design and construction, including: project planning and location selection, safety considerations, drainage analysis, stable slope preparation and maintenance, and roadway material selection. Additionally, we’ll take a look at environmental impacts of low-volume roads (e.g., sediment and erosion production, slope instability, channel modifications, fish and wildlife impacts, etc.) and discuss the practical mitigation measures to counter these. Finally, we’ll discuss the available and coming innovative technologies and how to select and implement these to optimize your low-volume road design, construction, and maintenance, and save money. These technologies include: GIS Mapping, geosynthetics, trenchless technology, mechanically stabilized earth structures, biotechnical erosion and slope stabilization methods, and simple in-situ site characterization.

Course 2 -  Sustainable Shallow Slope Stabilization & Erosion Control

Shallow slope failures (e.g., raveling, cracking fills, erosion gullies, etc.) are far too common along roadways and sites…especially because they're easily fixed (or avoided all-together).

Stabilize your slopes—effectively AND affordably. Join Gordon R. Keller in the 2nd session of our Roadway Erosion Control Best Practices Master Class to explore common shallow slope failures (typically found along roadways and sites) and how to effectively counter these with simple, sustainable, and low-cost stabilization and erosion control measures.

In this online training webinar, we'll take a look at the common shallow slope failures (e.g., slope instability, raveling, cracking fills, and erosion gully formation) found along roadways and sites and their cost and performance impact on your operations AND the environment. Addressing these issues, Keller will present several effective and affordable shallow slope stabilization and deep erosion control measures and techniques available, including: small gravity walls and geotextile-reinforced earth retaining structures; earthwork and drainage options; biotechnical slope stabilization measures; and additional effective methods for erosion control and avoiding water accumulation. Within this discussion we'll dive into the details of:

  • Simple Slope Stabilization Techniques: small gravity walls, gabions, geotextile-reinforced earth retaining structures, reinforced fills, and “deep-patch” shoulder repairs with geosynthetic reinforcement
  • Earth Work and Drainage Options: how to combine water concentration prevention measures (e.g., reshaping, compaction, and improved drainage) with re-vegetation to treat shallow slopes on relatively flat ground
  • Slope and Surficial Erosion Control Options: how to combine deep-rooted vegetation with grasses, shrubs, and trees; erosion control mats; turf reinforcing mats; nettings; and bonded fiber matrices to prevent erosion and protect seeds
  • Biotechnical Treatments: how to combine physical structures with live vegetation to offer mechanical and vegetative stabilization with root support

Finally, we'll discuss how to combine these (with a little common sense) to effectively and affordably implement these measures along your roadways and sites. And as a bonus, we'll leave you with a set of references that dive further into the details and help put your plan into action.

Learning Objectives
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives.

  • Understand the importance of shallow slope stabilization and its environmental / operational impact.
  • Learn how water control and ground cover can be used to prevent shallow slope instability.
  • Learn the variety of shallow slope treatments that exist, including simple retaining structures, vegetation, deep erosion control, and biotechnical treatments to prevent shallow slope failures.
  • Learn common erosion control practices that can be adapted and used in conjunction with simple slope stabilization treatments and drainage (and common sense).
  • Receive a useful set of references that address these simple and low-cost treatments in detail.

* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time. 
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.
* Purchase of this course allows you access to the presentation(s) for 6 months from the order date.

On-Demand Webcasts
Session: 3 H 0 M
Lectures: 2
Credits: 2 PDH / 0.2 CEU

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