May 2020

Applied Soil Mechanics and Shoring Design

Status: This course has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon. Please contact Jennifer Chan at [email protected] for inquiries.
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - Friday, May 29, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM–8:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast – Day 1, 2, and 3
8:30 AM–4:30 PM: Applied Soil Mechanics and Shoring Design – Day 1, 2, and 3
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Dr. Jinyuan Liu, P.Eng. (Professional engineer registered in Ontario)
Professor, Geotechnical Engineering, Ryerson University
Credit: 21 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $1,350.00 + GST = $1,417.50 until May 13, 2020

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $1,450.00 + GST = $1,522.50

Non-Member Price: $1,450.00 + GST = $1,522.50

Student Member Price: $750.00 + GST = $787.50
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by May 13, 2020 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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Designed to meet the national competency standards for the installation of primary ground support, this course provides practical training on shoring design, reviews the related soil mechanics knowledge, and demonstrates how to apply soil mechanics theory to actual and practical shoring design, as well as the equations and loads that are derived for shoring design.

Design methods will be covered for different earth supporting systems, including sheet pile, braced cut, tieback anchor, and soil nailing. The design examples are illustrated in order to apply the theories in practice.

Course Objective

The purpose of the course is to teach attendees how to design different shoring systems. The design examples show the safe and proven calculation techniques for shoring design that can be applied to most excavation shoring situations. The course explains why proper shoring construction procedures are important to create a successful shoring system. Finally, the proper installation procedures are explained.

Who Should Attend

Municipal engineers, designers, operation and maintenance staff, developers, planners, consultants, engineers, other technical personnel responsible for shoring design, construction, and management.

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Welcome, introduction, workshop preview, learning outcomes, and the assessment method
  • Review of soil mechanics
  • Soil origins
  • Soil classification
  • Effective and total stresses
  • Shear strength
  • Shoring design and construction
  • Lateral earth pressures
  • Apparent earth pressure diagrams in braced cuts
  • Introduction to different shoring systems
  • Retaining walls

Day 2

  • Shoring design and construction (continued)
  • Sheet pile walls
  • Braced cuts
  • Solder pile and anchored tieback system
  • Case studies

Day 3

  • Trenching design (continued)
  • Soil nailing
  • Shoring construction and environmental impact
  • Environmental regulations
  • Deformation assessment and environmental impact
  • Case studies
  • Adjournment
  • Questions and answers and feedback to participants on achievement of learning outcomes

After Attending this Course You will be Able to:

  • Use acquired knowledge and skills gained;
  • Implement requirements, procedures, and techniques for safe, effective, and efficient design; and
  • Practice trenching and shoring safety precautions.


Dr. Jinyuan Liu, P.E., P.Eng.

Professor, Geotechnical Engineering, Ryerson University

Dr. Jinyuan Liu, P.E., P.Eng., is a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Ryerson University. He has over 7 years of industrial experience in various high profile projects: working as a Tunnel Engineer with Jacobs Engineering Group in Detroit, MI, for a 12 km, 9 m diameter Upper Rouge Tunnel Project, as a Senior Geotechnical Engineer with STV Inc. on the East Side Access Project, a $6.8 billion transit tunnel project in NYC, and as a Field Engineer for building protection during adjacent subway station excavation using compensation grouting and dewatering in Shanghai, China. He is a member of CGS, DFI, and CSCE, and has served as Co-Editor for 3 international conferences in the past. He has participated in various research projects, including soil nailing manual for highway construction by MTO. Dr. Liu has published over 100 articles in refereed journals and conferences.

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