Earth Structures

Engineering context

Blending theory and practice, this single-day course provides valuable information on retaining walls, buried pipes and geosynthetic soil structure interactions.

As a participant, you’ll be introduced to design and construction considerations, such as placement and compaction. Upon completion you’ll be able to identify the key principles in the design and construction of these earth structures.

The course will also cover the differences between simplified design models and reality, relevant Australian Standards on buried pipes and earth retaining structures, common failure mechanisms, as well as potential applications for retention systems and geosynthetics in civil engineering applications.

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Earth Structures
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$ 1,085.00 - Non-member
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Is this course for you?

Those without some previous knowledge or experience in soil mechanics may find the course too advanced. Please check the prerequisites section below.

This course is for you if you’re involved in investigating, designing and constructing earthworks. Civil engineers, geotechnical engineers, project managers, inspectors, site engineers and other construction staff will find it particularly useful.


  • A degree or diploma training in Civil Engineering or Geology, or
  • At least five years of experience working on earthworks-related projects.

Your facilitator for this course

Dr Burt Look is a Principal at the Foundations Specialists Group. He completed his Master's degree at Imperial College, London and his PhD at the University of Queensland while also working at Queensland Main Roads.

Burt was formerly the Practice Leader at SKM (now Jacobs) and also a Principal and Geotechnical Knowledge and Service Delivery Leader at Aurecon. He was the past Chairman of the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society. Burt was the 2014 Queensland Engineer of the Year.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a Diplomate of Geotechnical Engineering (DGE) as awarded by the Academy of Geo Professionals.

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