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WEBSERIES: Seismic Analysis Of Embankment Dams Using FLAC®
Tuesday, October 06, 2020, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST
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WEBSERIES: Seismic Analysis Of Embankment Dams Using FLAC®

This virtual training course developed by Dr. Richard Armstrong and in partnership with ITASCA, will offer four days of hands-on instructor lead training using FLAC®. The course will run for two weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Schedule: (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time)
October 6  Module 1: Numerical and Constitutive Modeling and FISH
October 8. Module 2: Advanced Constitutive Modeling
October 13. Module 3: Two-Dimensional Analyses
October 15. Module 4: Seismic Analyses of Embankment Dams


Dr. Richard Armstrong is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at CSU, Sacramento and also serves as a Senior Engineer at GEI Consultants Inc. on an on-call basis. Dr. Armstrong specializes in geotechnical earthquake engineering with research and project experience in the seismic evaluation of dams and other water-resource structures. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in mechanics, computer programming, and geotechnical earthquake engineering; he also provides training in geotechnical modeling using FLAC® (Itasca Consulting Inc.). Dr. Armstrong is a member of ASCE, EERI, ASDSO, and USSD. He serves as a committee member on the USSD Earthquakes Committee.

Course Details:

AUDIENCE: Civil engineers with knowledge of geotechnical engineering, but with little or no experience with FLAC®

CLASS SIZE: Size capped at 10 participants to maximize student-instructor interaction

DURATION: 16 hours total of synchronous hands-on training separated over four days in a 1½-week period; instructor is available throughout instruction period for technical support and to answer questions

METHOD: Zoom video conferencing used for delivering presentations and providing computer-to-computer assistance during FLAC® modeling tutorials
Shared Dropbox used during course for storing presentations, modeling files, and references

A full FLAC 8.1 version will be available during the duration of the course (provided courtesy of Itasca Consulting Group Inc.)


$1500/pp (registration link will redirect to course website). Please note, this course is not offered through CalGeo and will be limited to 10-participants.

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Contact: Dr. Richard Armstrong, [email protected]