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Geotechnical Risk Management -NEW

1.4 CEUs | Thursday–Friday, September 29–30


Nils J. Gransberg, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE

Purpose and Background

Geotechnical risk is a common, substantial component of a project’s risk profile that may be difficult to quantify and develop reasonable contingencies for. Differences in risk perception, risk bias, and risk shedding behaviors between the owner, engineer, and general contractor can be mitigated using tools, techniques, and processes developed to actively manage a project’s geotechnical risk. This course will provide instruction on the fundamentals of capital projects risk management and introduce participants to a selection of effective, field-proven risk management tools supplying the project team with the capability to actively manage geotechnical risk and reduce the risk of unforeseen site conditions claims.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of risk management in construction
  • Understand the fundamentals of geotechnical risk
  • Learn how to identify and manage geotechnical risks to the project
  • Learn how to evaluate risks and allocate them among project stakeholders
  • Learn how to develop reasonable contingencies for geotechnical risks that are tied to the budget
  • Learn how to properly employ modern risk management tools

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

Achievement of the learning outcomes will be assessed through class discussion and a short post-test (true-false, multiple choice, and fill in the blank questions).

Who should attend?

  • Project engineer
  • Project manager
  • Engineer of record
  • Construction engineer
  • Construction administrator
  • Project executives
  • Civil engineers
  • Project managers
  • Owner’s representatives
  • Architects
  • General contractors
  • Construction professionals


Day one

  • Introduction to risk management & geotechnical risk
  • Geotechnical risk: identification, evaluation, & quantification
  • Geotechnical risk case study/practical exercise

Day two

  • Strategies for managing geotechnical risks
  • Quantitative, qualitative, and hybrid risk analysis tools for geotechnical risks
  • Geotechnical risk case study/practical exercise

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