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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Morning, Short Course 1:
Statistics for Geotechnical Engineers

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Objective: The classical tools of probability and statistics have long been used to describe the variability and uncertainty in geoengineering and site characterization. Most of these tools are based upon two assumptions: statistically independent samples and an underlying normal distribution. These assumptions will be reviewed and alternative statistical tools will be presented, including the variogram. The question of "how many samples are enough?" will be addressed using these alternative tools.

Randel Barnes, PhD
Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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Afternoon, Short Course 2:
Slope Stability Analysis Using Numerical Models
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Objective: Participants will learn how solve a variety of slope stability problems associated with soil and rock. Topics to be covered include the effects of water, weakness planes, heterogeneity, axisymmetry, and support in slope stability analyses. This is a hands-on course using Itasca’s FLAC/Slope software. Complementary one-year licenses of the software will be provided to each participant. Bring your laptop.
Instructor: Loren Lorig, PE, PhD
Principle Geotechnical Engineer
Itasca Consulting Group, Minneapolis, MN
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Registration: With conference registration, the fee for one short course is $140, or $255 for both. Without conference registration, the fee for one short course is $180, or $330 for both. The fee includes parking, tuition, handouts, and refreshments; lunch is included with registration for both.

Participants earn 4.0 professional development hours (PDH) for the morning course, and 4.0 PDH for the afternoon course. Registration must be received by January 30, 2019 and each course is limited to 48 people. The University reserves the right to cancel either or both of the short courses, in which case a full refund would be made.

Indicate your selection of the short courses on the Conference Registration form.

Location: The short courses will be held at the Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Avenue, on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota, in Room 32.

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