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Soils, Aggregate and Pit Management AMRC 1011

Area Manager Roads Civil Course

Course details

This course provides an introduction to the terminology, theory and practices of geology, soil mechanics and the basic properties of soils and aggregates. It will provide the learner with the fundamental understanding of the origin, classification and best use of these materials as foundation or construction materials for roads and bridges. Additionally, it will introduce the learner to how soil and aggregates may react to water for compaction, compressibility and slope stability. This course will assist the learner in selecting appropriate soils and aggregates for use as road maintenance, rehabilitation and construction materials. This course is not intended to make the learner an expert in soils and aggregate technology, but will provide them with the fundamental understanding of the basic properties for day-to-day use and to know when expert advice from a geotechnical engineer/technician may be appropriate in material selection or slope stability assessment.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of AMRC 1011 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 88875


Start any time

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 88875
  • $400.71
Continuous Entry, Distance or Online

This is an online learning course. Start any time. You have 12 weeks from the date you register to complete this course.



Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Important course information will be sent to you immediately after registering. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  4. This class is restricted to students from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, require department approval to register. Contact for information.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Define and discuss the terms “geology” and “soil mechanics.”
  • Describe the natural processes that take place in the formation of rocks, soils and aggregates.
  • Explain the major types of soils and aggregates and be able to identify them by using the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s (MOTI) Unified Soil Classification System.
  • Describe some of the tests that classify an aggregate or a soil.
  • Describe the proper sampling techniques of aggregates from pit stockpile or an existing road surface.
  • Explain the effects of water pressure on soil strength.
  • Describe the processes of seasonal strength loss programs and the imposition of load restrictions on roads.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of landslide processes, slope stability assessment, and ways of improving stability.
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of those working for the various agencies involved in pit management.

Effective as of Fall 2019

Related Programs

Soils, Aggregate and Pit Management (AMRC 1011) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Road Area Manager Certification
    Statement of Completion Part-time


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