Engineering context

In any major construction project - whether it be the development of a new road, a rail embankment, an earth dam or preparation for a new building - earth needs to be excavated and relocated.

The process for these works is covered in this two-day course, including the compaction process, quality controls, testing and many other elements essential to a successful operation. As a participant, you’ll be exposed to various earthworks models - geotechnical, laboratory, analytical, and design - as well as their limitations.

You’ll come away from the course being able to identify soil and rock properties, problem materials and identify testing requirements for quality control. You’ll also learn how to apply earthworks design and construction to your own projects.

Pre-course activities
Participants will be given access to the ‘Introduction to Earthworks’ video presentation.

Related courses
Once you have completed the Earthworks course, we recommend you register for Earth Structures.

Download the course Technical Flyer for more details.

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$ 2,290.00 - Non-member
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We can bring this course to you and even customise the content so that it’s applicable specifically to your work group and industry context.

Find out more about how we can help you and your team by filling out an enquiry form or calling +61 3 9321 1700.

Is this course for you?

We’ve designed this course for those with some previous knowledge or experience in soil mechanics. It’s ideal if you’re also involved in the investigation, design and construction of earthworks. The course will be particularly useful for civil engineers, geotechnical engineers, project managers, inspectors, site engineers and other construction staff.


  • A degree or diploma training in Civil Engineering or Geology, or
  • At least five years of experience 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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