Course NumberCE-02-208
PDH Hours10
Materials for Embankment Dams

Materials for Embankment Dams

Embankment dams have served man at least 5,000 years. The remains of ancient structures and civilizations provide clues to the efforts of mankind in the engineering and construction of dams. Today, embankment dams exist in excess of 300 meters high with volumes of many millions of cubic meters of fill. Currently, China is the leader in embankment dam construction. The embankment dam is popular because local materials can be used, it can accommodate a variety of foundation conditions, and they are usually the least costly compared to other dam types.

This course presents important design considerations related to materials of construction for use in embankment dams. It covers soil materials; rockfill materials; granular filters and drains; asphalt concrete as a water barrier; concrete facing rockfill dams; geosynthetics; reinforced fill; upstream slope protection; material for watertight cutoffs; and construction issues.

Learning Objectives

This course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Soil and rockfill materials
  • Granular filters and drains
  • Asphalt concrete as the water barrier in embankment dams
  • Concrete facing for rockfill dams
  • Geosynthetics
  • Reinforced rockfill and reinforced fill
  • Upstream slope protection materials

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We provide technical courses for PDH credits that meet Board requirements for Professional Engineers, Geologists and Land Surveyors. This courses is guaranteed to be accepted in AK, AL, AR, FL, GA, IA, IL, ID, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, and WY. Before purchasing this course, please confirm that your state Board is listed above.