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Soil Mechanics Training Series Module 5 Basic Soil Properties Compaction Level I

Overview

This module provides instruction on how to explain the theory and application of compaction. It provides instruction on how to develop moisture-density curves based on ASTM standards and how to critically evaluate test results. It also provides instruction on the use of compaction tests in design and quality control of compacted fills.

Objectives

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define terms and use equations in compaction theory and application
  • Perform a standard compaction test, and be able to critically evaluate test results and procedures

Prerequisites

None

Duration

Module 5 - Compaction is a self-paced program and requires approximately 30 hours to complete. This includes the time the participants will need to complete activities throughout the module with one exception. In Part B, Activity 8 the participant is required to perform a compaction test using field equipment and a provided sample. Estimated time for completion of Part B, Activity 8 is 12 hours plus travel time to the session location.

Target Audience

This module series is intended for engineers, geologists, soil scientists, soil conservationists, technicians, and others needing the fundamentals of soil classification systems in NRCS

NEDC Contact

Tony Lovell

Technical Coordinator

 

Enrollment

Enrollment instructions are provided below.  Be sure to select the appropriate link to ensure successful enrollment. 

USDA Employees

  • Proceed to the Aglearn to login using your USDA eAuthentication ID and password.  This is the same as your WebTCAS ID and password.
  • Select Catalog, Select Natural Resources Conservation Service under Subject Area Menu.
  • Choose the course name by select the button Launch content or Add to Learning Plan to register and complete the course.

District Employees with AgLearn Account

  • Proceed to the Aglearn to login using your USDA eAuthentication ID and password. This is the same logon ID and password used for the TechReg TSP application or profile. 
  • Select Catalog, Select Natural Resources Conservation Service under Subject Area Menu.
  • Choose the course name by select the button Launch content or Add to Learning Plan to register and complete the course.
  • If you do not have an account.  Specific instructions on securing a USDA user account and password are located at getting started.  For further assistance contact the USDA state office in your state for assistance in obtaining an eAuthentication ID and password and AgLearn account.

Technical Service Providers

  • Proceed to the Aglearn to login using your USDA eAuthentication ID and password. This is the same logon ID and password used for the TechReg TSP application or profile.
  • Select Catalog, Select Natural Resources Conservation Service under Subject Area Menu.
  • Choose the course name by select the button Launch content or Add to Learning Plan to register and complete the course.
  • If you are anticipating becoming a Technical Service Provider please review the entire process at TechReg.  Please familiarize yourself with this process if you have not already done so.  Specific instructions on securing a USDA user account and password are located at getting started.

Other USDA Customers

  • For those not in the above categories contact the USDA state office in your state for assistance in obtaining an eAuthentication ID and password and AgLearn account.
  • To obtain this contact information for your state you can go to the Aglearn website click on contact us. Scroll down to NRCS and click on the link that says state contacts.