This short course (with optional one day site visit) covers the causes, processes and costs of soil erosion on natural and engineered slopes. This understanding helps to design cost-effective erosion and sediment control measures using vegetation and engineering structures.
Understanding the causes and processes of soil erosion helps to devise cost effective control measures that reduce erosion and sedimentation from vulnerable sites. The course will present and evaluate different approaches including safe slope design, and the use of vegetation and geotextiles.
At a glance
- DurationTwo Days
- LocationCranfield campus
Fee includes all course material, refreshments, lunch, evening meal and site visit.
Accommodation is not included, and must be booked separately.
Course structureThe course will be delivered as a series of interactive sessions, with an optional site visit. As well as covering the principles of soil erosion and its control, the material will be applied to a real case study. There will be an opportunity to visit Cranfield’s unique soil erosion laboratory.
What you will learn
On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Understand the role of soil erosion and its control
- Understand the drivers and processes of erosion of slope forming materials.
- Recognise the onsite and offsite impacts of erosion and sediment production.
- Undertake erosion risk assessment using a range of techniques, including the use of erosion prediction models.
- Understand the principles of soil erosion control and soil conservation.
- Select, design and evaluate appropriate techniques for the protection of soil and other slope forming materials, using vegetation, inert materials and/or engineering structures (case study exercise).
- Erosion processes: drivers, mechanics and processes.
- Consequences of erosion – on-site and off-site – the need for erosion control.
- Erosion risk assessment techniques, including erosion prediction models.
- Principles of erosion control.
- Use of vegetation and simulated vegetation in erosion control (bioengineering).
- Use of engineering structures for erosion control (including biotechnical engineering).
- Selection, design and evaluation of appropriate erosion control techniques using vegetation, inert materials and/or engineering structures.
9.30 Welcome and introduction from workshop presenters; intended outcomes of the workshop
9.45 – 10.30 Erosion processes: drivers, mechanics and processes
10.30 – 10.45 Introduction to case study used in practical application
10.45 – 11.00 Consequences of erosion – on-site and off-site – the need for erosion control
11.00 Morning Break
11.15 – 12.30 Erosion risk assessment techniques, including erosion prediction models
12.30 – 13.00 Applying erosion prediction models to the case study
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.30 Principles of erosion control
14.30 – 15.30 Use of vegetation and simulated vegetation in erosion control (bioengineering)
15.30 – 15.45 Afternoon break
15.45 – 16.30 Use of engineering structures for erosion control (including biotechnical engineering)
16.30 – 17.15 Selection, design and evaluation of appropriate erosion control techniques using vegetation, inert materials and/or engineering structures (case study exercise)
17.15 – 17.30 Workshop wash up
17:30 - Visit the Soil Erosion Experimentation facilities
Day 2Field site visit
Who should attend
This course will be of particular interest to Civil Engineers, Landscape Architects, Environmental Managers, Land Managers and those working in related industry roles.
This course is delivered in partnership with The International Erosion Control Association
Concessions10% discount on registration fees for members of the IECA.
10% discount for third and subsequent delegates from the same company/site.
Discounts cannot be combined.
Accommodation options and prices
This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.
Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.
Location and travel
Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.
London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.
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