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10/04/2021: LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBINAR, Geotechnical Engineering: Testing for Design and Construction, Monday, October 4, 2021, 11am-1pm Eastern

10/04/2021: LIVE INTERACTIVE WEBINAR, Geotechnical Engineering: Testing for Design and Construction, Monday, October 4, 2021, 11am-1pm Eastern

2 hrs. Webinar

Level: Advanced

Item#: RV-W100421

SME: Alfredo Cely, P.E., MSEM

Laboratory testing of soils and rocks is a fundamental element for the development of infrastructure projects. The complexity of testing required for a particular project may range from a simple moisture content determination to sophisticated triaxial strength testing. This is why professionals within the A/E/C industry need to be capable of having a basic understanding on the methods and processes used for the geotechnical testing of soils to be used in construction projects. In this course, engineers, land surveyors, planners, contractors and design professionals will learn the most common geotechnical tests and methods used to determine the design and construction properties of soils and rocks for the construction of infrastructure projects.

Note: This is a live webinar delivered via GoToWebinar. Session instructions will be emailed to you 24-48 hours prior to the webinar and the morning of the webinar. If you have not received your instructions for any reason please call Client Support (1-866-546-1212) the day of the event. Webinars are live and interactive. Students will have the ability to directly interact with and ask questions of the presenter.
Course Objectives
  • Identify at least two quality assurance processes in the testing of geotechnical materials to preserve the safety of the public during design and construction projects.
  • Describe at least two geotechnical laboratory indices that may be used to determine the engineering properties of soils so as not to pose a threat to the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
  • Given a compression index for a soil sample, determine the correlation between other consolidation parameters.
  • Determine the most applicable laboratory soil strength test for any given soil sample.
  • Based on the grain size of sand, determine an approximate permeability coefficient for design.
  • Select an approximate optimum moisture content for a soil sample that has been classified using the Unified Soil Classification System to establish appropriate safety and health.
Alfredo Cely, P.E., MSEM Photo

Alfredo is a Civil Engineer that has managed Transportation, Land Development, Water Resources and Aviation projects from planning to construction for the past 14 years. Most recently his consulting work has focused on assisting state and local agencies in improving the safety of our transportation network. He has been responsible for several multi-modal transportation projects in the Tampa Bay Area, throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is a licensed Civil Engineer in Florida, North Carolina, and Ecuador.


At the University of South Florida, Alfredo serves as an instructor for the Transportation sections of the P.E. Preparation Courses hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Student Chapter. Alfredo is a member of ASCE’s Street and Highway Operations Committee and is an associate member of the Aviation Planning and Operations Committee. At the national level, Alfredo helps several of the Transportation Research Board Committees and is currently involved in the following committees: Low Volume Roads; Hydrology, Hydraulics and Water Quality; Pedestrian Safety; and Bicycle Transportation.


Alfredo served as the Chair of the local ASCE Transportation and Development Institute group during its first two years (2012-2014). The Florida West Coast Chapter of the ASCE has recognized Alfredo’s commitment to the profession and our community honoring him with the Young Engineer of the Year Award in 2014. As part of his involvement with the local engineering community, Alfredo currently serves as a Board Member of the Florida West Coast Branch for ASCE.