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Annual Grouting Fundamentals and Current Practice Course

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June 9, 2016

The 37th Annual Short Course on Grouting Fundamentals and Current Practice will be held at The University of Texas at Austin from June 13-17. Hosted by Associate Professor Chadi El Mohtar, the courses is offered through the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Center for Lifelong Engineering Education. 

The curriculum has been developed for owners, regulators, consultants and contractors with an interest in the applications of pressure grouting to a broad array of geo-structural construction and remediation techniques. The course is also intended for petroleum engineering personnel involved in well drilling and operations.

Major topics include rheological properties of cementitious and chemical grouts, procedures for cement and chemical grouting, grouting of rock under dams, grouting of rock anchors and micro-piles, deep mixing, jet grouting, cutoff walls and composite seepage barriers, compaction grouting, slab jacking, structural grouting, grouting for underground structures, overburden and rock drilling methods, and field monitoring/instrumentation. The course also includes a field demonstration at the equipment yard of McKinney Drilling Co. in Buda, TX.

Since 1979, the Grouting Fundamentals and Current Practice course has covered the applications of pressure grouting to a broad array of geo-structural construction and remediation techniques.  Grouting is instrumental in the construction of modern complex infrastructure, as well as in the remediation of our aging infrastructure, including dams, levees, tunnels, highways and buildings.

The course’s long history has included installments at the University of Missouri, University of Florida, and the Colorado School of Mines.  The move to UT Austin is motivated by an interest in strengthening ties between the grouting profession and UT’s world-class geotechnical group, where innovative research concerning cementitious grouts is conducted. The short course will be hosted at UT annually in June.

Since few institutions teach grouting as an engineering discipline, the Grouting Fundamentals course has educated more grouters than any other program worldwide.  Faculty who teach this course are recognized international authorities and leaders in the grouting industry, representing the most current state-of-practice in the US, Canada, and throughout Europe.

El Mohtar’s areas of expertise include grouting, ground improvement, laboratory testing of soil and rock, rheological and filtration testing of grouts and site remediation. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Grouting committee, Secretary of  ASTM International (American Society for Testing Materials) D18.09 and is a member of ASCE Soil Properties and Modeling committee and ASTM D18.05 committees. He also is a co-Chair for the upcoming ASCE Grouting2017 conference in Hawaii.


More information on the grouting fundamentals course.