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Presenter: Binod Tiwari, Ph.D., P.E.

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Santa Barbara, CA

The Fess Parker - A DoubleTree By Hilton Resort
633 East Cabrillo Blvd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Phone: 805-564-4333

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:15- 5:00 pm

Types of Retaining Walls

   Traditional cantilevered retaining walls
      • Reinforced concrete walls
      • Reinforced concrete masonry walls
   Soldier pile and lagging walls
   Traditional timber walls
   Traditional gravity walls
   Reinforced soil retaining walls
   Anchored retaining walls (tie-backs, soil nailing, etc.)
   Temporary retaining walls
   Over-steepened reinforced slopes
   Gabion walls
   Crib walls
   Private-sector vs. highway retaining wall systems
   Cost of retaining walls

Retaining Wall Design

   Soil design parameters
   Lateral earth pressure
   External stability
      • Sliding
      • Overturning
      • Bearing capacity
      • Scour
      • Settlement
   Internal stability
   Global stability
   Special considerations for tiered retaining walls
   Service life
   Design software

Slope Stabilization

   Science of slope stability
   Long term vs. short term stability
   Slope stabilization techniques
      • Regrading
      • Excavation and replacement
      • Slope reinforcement/pinning
      • Ground improvement
      • Toe retaining walls

Retaining Wall and Slope Stabilization Case Histories

   Various commercial, residential projects
   Various highway and institutional projects

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Floodplain Managers

Professional Engineers
   7.0 Continuing Ed. Hours

Landscape Architects
   7.0 LA CES HSW PDHs

Floodplain Managers
   7.0 ASFPM CECs

   7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers a 7.0 hour continuing education opportunity to California professional engineers, landscape architects, architects (non-credit), and floodplain managers.  Continuing education is not required for license maintenance or renewal in California.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885), the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 7.0 HSW PDHs, and the Association of State Floodplain Mangers for 7.0 CECs.  Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES andLA/CES.

Professional engineers, landscape architects, and architects seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases.  Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event.  Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Binod Tiwari, Ph.D., P.E.

California State University, Fullerton

Binod Tiwari, Ph.D., P.E. is a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of California State University, Fullerton. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Geotechnical Engineering in 2003 and is expert in the fields of slope stability and stabilization, landslide mitigation, applied GIS, soil behavior and characterization, and geotechnical earthquake engineering. Mr. Tiwari is a member of various technical committees for ASCE and the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, and he is editor as well as reviewer for various international journals. He was post-doc at Niigata University, Japan, and at Virginia Tech for more than three years prior to joining CSUF in the fall of 2006. Mr. Tiwari is a licensed professional engineer in the state of California and has more than 20 years experience in design and implementation of projects pertinent to slope stability and stabilization.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.