This workshop is designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge of fundamental geotechnical concepts and principles used in designing and constructing resilient highways. Participants will be introduced to different soil properties and relevant ASTM testing techniques for soil properties identification. The workshop will introduce hydraulic concepts as pertinent to underground water table and its effect on soil properties and surface discharge (floods) and how to mitigate its impact on highway longevity through flood control measures. Different types of soils, including problematic soils, will be discussed. Different soil anomalies will be presented, and different ground improvement techniques and methodologies will be explained to reduce potential damage on highway networks.
- To define and discuss geotechnical fundamental concepts to design and construct resilient roads
- Understand soil properties and their relevance to highway design
- Understand soil stresses, lateral earth pressure, and the role of underground water table
- Develop sufficient understanding of earth improvement techniques
- Introduce advanced subsurface exploration techniques and how to detect soil anomalies
- Introduce hydraulics concepts, and proper techniques to mitigate flood damage
- Road Authorities & Operators
- Road Design Consultants
- Road Contractors
- Asset Managers
- Infrastructure Engineers
- Maintenance Personnel
- Geotechnical and Pavement Engineers
Dr. Amin K. Akhnoukh
Dr. Amin K. Akhnoukh is an Associate Professor in the Construction Management Department at East Carolina University (ECU). Prior to joining ECU in August 2017, Dr. Akhnoukh worked as an Assistant and Associate Professor at the Construction Management & Civil and Construction Engineering at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Senior Design Engineer at Dar El-Handasa, and an Engineer at Orascom Engineering, Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Akhnoukh’s main research interests are in the fields of construction materials, with an emphasis on concrete and asphalt. Dr. Akhnoukh has an extensive teaching portfolio with more than 14 undergraduate and graduate level courses, including Structure Analysis, Mechanics of Materials, Soil Mechanics and Foundations, Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete, Flexible and Rigid Pavement Design, Sustainability in Construction, and Construction Quality. Dr. Akhnoukh is a registered Professional Engineer in the States of Arkansas and North Carolina and a registered Associate Constructor by the American Institute of Constructors, Virginia, USA. Dr. Akhnoukh has more than 75 refereed publications in prestigious journals and local and international conferences. Dr. Akhnoukh received research funding in excess of $3.0 million as PI and Co. PI. His research is funded by the Arkansas Department of Transportation, the Arkansas Science and Technology Association, the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium, the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the National Science Foundation, and NASA. Dr. Akhnoukh supervised and graduated more than 20 Doctorate and Master students. Dr. Akhnoukh is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Concrete Institute, and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. Dr. Akhnoukh is a Fellow of the International Road Federation (IRF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).