About Contact Blog Site Map
Receive Updates News service@midwestgeo.com

Frost Heave:
What it is, Why it's a problem, and What to do about it

In northern climates frost heave is an omnipresent destructive force that costs millions of dollars in repairs to roads, buildings, and other structures every year.

Frost heave is a form of frost action, a physical weathering process involving the cyclic freezing and thawing of water in soil or rock. Heave in this context refers to the upward movement of the ground surface that occurs in response to the seasonal formation of ice in the underlying soil.

The dynamics of this ostensibly simple process are exceedingly complex; yet despite its intricacies, the incidence of frost heave is dependent on just three things: besides freezing temperatures, it only requires the right kind of soil and an abundant, readily available water supply. Successful mitigation of the detrimental effects of frost heave requires an understanding of how these factors influence the mechanisms that control the formation and behavior of ice in the shallow subsurface.

In this webinar we will:

  • Discuss the causes of frost heave
  • Learn why it is generally at its worst in spring
  • Examine the results of frost heave on transportation networks, buildings, and other man-made structures
  • Explore preventive measures to eliminate or minimize damage caused by frost heave
  • Look at the effects of frost heave on the landscape

Average depths of seasonally frozen ground in the United States Credit: Neil Davis

Fee: 299.00 USD, Per Computer Site
(unlimited participants per site)

Only $199 for our Members

Pay one site registration fee and an unlimited number of participants from your organization can attend at that site.

Instructor: Lorraine A. Manz, PhD, ARCS
Handouts: Copy of Webinar Slides (pdf)
Record of Attendance Form (pdf)
Duration: 1.5 hour plus Q&A
(no restrictions on time limit for extra Q&A!)
Earn 1.5 Professional Development Hours (1.5 PDH)

A Record of Attendance Form is included free with each webinar for your record keeping and individual PDH verification. We ask your on-site coordinator to return the completed and signed copy of the Form to us following the webinar for (1) maintaining a separate copy as a service to attendees and (2) forwarding to NIU confirming attendance for those who order certificates.

Attendees may also order an official a Course Completion Certificate from Northern Illinois University for a small administrative fee. The Certificate is optional and may be ordered separately following the webinar to confirm your attendance and showcase the certificate on your office wall. Instructions for ordering certificates are given during the webinar.

* This webinar is eligible for the 'BUY THREE, GET THREE' discount; however ANY webinar series discount shown above cannot be combined with it.

Attendees will be invited to actively participate during this live and interactive on-line web seminar. Discussion is planned following the webinar for those who want to continue the session. Bring your questions to the webinar and present them to the instructor and other participants for exploring the best solution.

Instructors Bio

Lorraine A. Manz, PhD, ARCS

Dr. Manz is a geologist with the North Dakota Geological Survey (NDGS) where, since October 2001, she has devoted most of her time to the mapping and study of the state's Quaternary glacial geology. She is also the principal administrator of North Dakota's geothermal regulatory program and co-editor of GEO NEWS, the survey's biannual newsletter. As an NDGS employee, Dr. Manz has authored more than 100 maps, publications, and articles on North Dakota geology.

Dr. Manz has an M.S. in geology from Ohio University. She also has a bachelor's degree and a doctorate in chemistry from Imperial College and the University of London in the United Kingdom.

Members Login
Become A Member

It's Free, It's Easy and as a
Member you'll enjoy...
  • Exclusive Videos
  • Special Pricing
  • And Much More

Learn More