Home Building on Alberta Soils

Avoid potentially disastrous and expensive issues by learning how to identify soil conditions that necessitate changes to a home construction project plan. Expanding your understanding of developer reports, logs and assessments will equip you for informed discussions with geotechnical engineers and prepare you to implement the appropriate construction techniques for your homes.

Knowledge & Skill Building Areas

  • Identify the basic properties of soils.
  • Recognize site conditions requiring special attention.
  • Describe development requirements from the pre-development stage to post construction.
  • Identify and understand potential solutions to soil problems.
  • Describe common remediation techniques.
  • Interpret the building codes in relation to proper building techniques on soils.
  • Become familiar with legal issues surrounding residential building construction.
  • List what should be considered in the order of operations for residential development.

Ideal candidates for taking this course are:   Designers, Drafts persons, Inspectors, Site Supervisors, Construction Managers, Warranty Representatives and Technicians, Trades, Suppliers, Support Staff, Customer Service Representatives and Management. 

This course is required for the following certifications:  Residential Construction Site Manager (RCSM), Professional Site Manager and is an elective course for Residential Management and Master Home Builder. 

Delivery method: This blended e-learning course contains approximately 15 hours of online learning with one day of workshop learning. 

Workshop:  This course is delivered by Stantec. Once you have completed the online course, you will participate in a hands-on workshop. To complete the workshop, you will go to the Stantec's Soils & Materials Laboratory in Calgary or Edmonton where you will have the opportunity to apply the theory covered in the online course. Under the guidance of qualified geotechnical and materials professionals, you will classify soil samples and observe some typical laboratory tests that are done on soil. You will also view video footage of rough grading activities, compaction testing and foundation excavations. With the course instructor, you will review available plans, geotechnical reports, borehole logs and building grade forms (if available). You will also discuss geotechnical concerns identified for various construction sites and how they will be addressed.

Prerequisites:  There are no prerequisites for this course. 

Please visit www.albertasoils.com to register and for more information.