Registration:                    8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am – 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:15 – 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:15 – 4:30 pm

Building Site Evaluation          D. Messmer

   Soil mechanics overview

   Site exploration

   Subsurface exploration

   Laboratory soil testing

   Design soil profile

Overview of Deep Foundations          F. Rausche

   Types of deep foundations

      • Driven piles

      • Drilled shafts

      • Augercast piles

      • Others

   Hybrid foundations

   Grouping piles

Seismic Design of Deep Foundations          D. Messmer

   Determining seismic loads

   Seismic force resisting systems

Determining Bearing Capacity and Settlement          D. Messmer

   Determining bearing capacity of soil

   Computing settlement

   Calculating residual and transient loads

Estimating Axial Capacity and Analyzing Lateral Loads          D. Messmer

   Determining axial capacity in sand, clay and rock

   Lateral load testing on piles and pile groups

Load and Integrity Tests: Description and Results          F. Rausche

   Integrity testing of cast-in-situ deep foundations

   Performing load testing and analyzing results

   Incorporating test results into design


     6.5 HSW Contact Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

Construction Contractors
     Non-Mandatory CE

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Ohio.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for architects in Florida and is deemed an approved provider in New York. HalfMoon Education is an approved provider for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885).

This program offers a continuing education opportunity to Ohio construction contractors. It has not been approved for any Ohio contractors with continuing education requirements.

Attendance will be monitored and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Daniel P. Messmer, P.E., D. GE

Project Manager with The Gateway Engineers, Inc., in Pittsburgh

Mr. Messmer has over 30 years of engineering experience in analysis, design, plan/specification development, and project management/personnel supervision for geotechnical, foundation and structural engineering projects in the transportation, industrial, municipal and commercial fields of civil engineering. Throughout his career he has placed an emphasis on quality control and staff training. Mr. Messmer is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, the American Society of Highway Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers. He earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Messmer was accepted into the Academy of Geo-Professionals in 2013.

Frank Rausche

Pile Dynamics, Inc.

Principal with Pile Dynamics, Inc., in ClevelandDr. Rausche was a key member of the research team that developed the Case Method, Pile Driving Analyzer®, Pile Integrity Tester and APPLE load test system, and he has been contributing to the development of the Cross Hole Analyzer and Thermal Integrity Profiler. He has been the principal author of GRLWEAP and CAPWAP®, has authored numerous papers in the area of dynamic pile testing and analysis, and has contributed to several patents. The former president of GRL Engineers, Inc., and principal of Pile Dynamics, Inc., Dr. Rausche is a registered engineer and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, ADSC-the International Association of Foundation Drilling, Deep Foundations Institute, the Pile Driving Contractors Association and the German Society for Geotechnical Engineering.