Geomechanics for New Zealand Roading

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This course draws together the necessary soil investigation and geotechnical procedures for roading construction and maintenance. The course provides an up-to-date overview of investigative techniques and analysis.


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1 day course.

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Ian Anderson

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$520 per person + GST.

(Minimum numbers apply before a course is confirmed)

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Topics include

  • Geotechnical engineering and pavement design
  • Fundamental soil properties
  • Compaction
  • Planning geomechanical investigations
  • In-situ investigation and testing
  • Laboratory testing issues
  • Effects and control of water movement
  • Soil strength improvement
  • Bearing capacity
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On completion of this course participants will

  • Understand the role of engineering judgement to obtain effective solutions to soils and subgrade problems
  • Identify fundamental properties of soils
  • Plan a geotechnical investigation
  • Apply geotechnical investigations to improve pavement construction
  • Utilise pavement stabilisation techniques
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Who should attend

Engineers, technicians, supervisors and Local Authority staff involved in pavement design and construction.

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Presenter information

Ian Anderson is a Civil Engineer with over 40 years involvement in various aspects of roading. After starting work with Ministry of Works experience was gained in both laboratory and construction areas. This was followed by time in country Councils and a consulting practice. An extended time was spent in Polytechnics teaching at all levels from construction site personnel, Technicians and most recently degree programs. In recent years Ian has taken part in development work in both Asia and South Africa.

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