New Course: Dynamic Analysis of Soil and Rock Medium Using FLAC

In many geotechnical earthquake engineering problems, due to different variables from geometry complexities to earthquake ground motion characteristics and soil dynamic properties, conducting full dynamic analysis with the aid of computer simulation is inevitable. In this course, the procedure of fully dynamic analysis using FLAC and FLAC3D programs as powerful numerical modeling tools based on the finite difference method will be presented. Both 2D and 3D analysis procedures will be demonstrated. Several topics including model development, earthquake loading, dynamic boundary conditions, assignment of soil dynamic properties to the numerical models, and seismic response analysis will be discussed. Thorough discussions will be provided in liquefaction analysis of saturated soil layers. Other soil dynamic analysis topics such as blast modeling and dynamic analysis of vibratory foundations will be also covered. 
COURSE OUTLINE
• Introduction to numerical modeling in geotechnical engineering using FLAC and FLAC3D
• Model development and static analysis procedure prior to dynamic analysis
• Overview of dynamic analysis procedure and seismic considerations
• Pseudo-static seismic analysis procedure
• Seismic boundary conditions including quiet and free field boundaries
• Earthquake dynamic loading in both rigid and flexible bases
• Dynamic loading of vibratory structures and blast events
• Baseline correction and frequency filtering of earthquake loads using SeismoSignal
• Material damping modeling using local, Rayleigh, and hysteretic damping models
• Advanced constitutive models such as UBCHYST for dynamic analysis
• Using FISH programing language for dynamic analysis
• Pore water pressure modeling and liquefaction analysis procedure
• Considerations for liquefaction analysis and advanced constitutive models for liquefaction modeling including Finn-Byrne and UBCSAND

PRACTICAL EXAMPLES
• Seismic analysis of cantilever retaining walls in FLAC
• Seismic analysis of a tunnel in jointed rock in both FLAC and FLAC3D
• Liquefaction analysis of embankment dams in both FLAC and FLAC3D
• Liquefaction analysis of stone columns systems in FLAC3D
• Dynamic analysis of a vibratory foundation in FLAC

CERTIFICATE 
Mohr Academy Certificate will be awarded to the participants upon successful completion of the course.
The certificate includes 18 PDH’s (Professional Development Hours)
COURSE FORMAT
Synchronous (live online)
The online presentation platform will be notified to the students two weeks prior to the start date.
Course materials and recorded videos will be available for participants up to two months after the end date of the course.
 

 SCHEDULE 
3 Weeks, Fridays and Saturdays
April 9-24, 2021
Duration: 18 Hours
Session 1: April 9, 2021
Session 2: April 10, 2021
Session 3: April 16, 2021
Session 4: April 17, 2021
Session 5: April 23, 2021
Session 6: April 24, 2021
Session Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm CST (Central Time, Chicago-St. Louis)
 
FEES
General: $1,400
Students: $950
*Please email the scan of your student ID and course title to [email protected]
to receive your student discount coupon.
 
TOOLS USED
FLAC: 2D Finite Difference Analysis
FLAC3D: 3D Finite Difference Analysis
SeismoSignal
Note: Our course sponsor, Itasca Consulting Group, Inc., will provide temporary licenses of FLAC and FLAC3D for participants. 

Course Developer & Instructor

SIAVASH ZAMIRAN, Ph.D., P.E.
Geotechnical Engineer
Dr. Zamiran is a geotechnical and geomechanics engineer with over ten years of industry and academic experience in different geotechnical engineering disciplines. Currently, Dr. Zamiran is a Senior Project Engineer at MEA Inc. and an adjunct professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). He has held multiple short courses and workshops in the area of computational geotechnics and geomechanics including courses in different institutions such as California Institute of Technology, University of North Dakota, Southern Illinois University, and Missouri S&T. He has also developed and taught “Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering” course at Missouri S&T. His areas of expertise includes computational geotechnics and geomechanics, geotechnical earthquake engineering, buried pipeline geohazard investigations, and design and analysis of retaining wall systems.

Dr. Zamiran is currently a member of ASCE Geo-Institute Computational Geotechnics Committee. He is the winner of national ASCE Edmund Friedman Award in 2019 and ASCE St. Louis Young Engineer Award in 2018.

Course Sponsor

Our course sponsor, Itasca Consulting Group Inc., will provide temporary licenses of FLAC and FLAC3D for participants during the course

What our participants say about FLAC courses…

“Anyone with solid background knowledge, looking for practical experience in continuum and discontinuum geomechanical modelling, will find the course a very robust and hands-on introduction to three of Itasca’s well-known numerical simulators. Working for a state mining regulator, I had so far relied on theoretical knowledge and common sense when it came to assessing study results obtained with the help of one of the programs. Thanks to Dr. Zamiran’s thorough lectures, the opportunity to ask questions and the chance to experiment with basic models of my own, I now have a much better understanding of the practical workflows, options and pit-falls in such undertakings. The course will be particularly useful to anyone planning to professionally use one of the programs in the near future.”

Geomechanics Engineer, Hanover, Germany

“I am a reservoir engineer dealing with the technical operational aspects of underground gas storage. It was really helpful to learn about the usage of the widely used numerical software packages in the industry and how they can handle praxis-oriented geomechanical problems on a theoretical basis. During the course, I learned how to investigate in the future my technical questions on my own with the help of technical descriptions of applied programs. Many thanks to our instructor and course trainer. With his help now I am ready to continue my technical education in the field of geomechanical modeling by the application of industry-leading numerical simulators.”

Senior reservoir engineer, Dusseldorf, Germany

“As a beginner in FLAC3D & UDEC, I found the course content and the examples explained very helpful. The course material and the recorded lectures were made accessible at all times during the course. Dr. Zamiran   was very kind to offer individual Zoom sessions to answer questions and help with the software. I strongly recommend the course if you are using FLAC, FLAC3D, or UDEC in your research or projects.”

Ph.D. Student of Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado, USA