Registration:                    8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 – 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):       11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:           12:45 – 4:30 pm

Science of Structures and Soils

   Typical loads on foundations

      • Gravity loads

      • Lateral loads

   Typical loads on basement walls

      • Gravity loads

      • Soil loads

   Typical loads on slabs

   Soil mechanics and effects on structures

      • Soil properties

      • Bearing capacity

      • Effects on basement walls and retaining walls

      • Soil settlement

      • Effects of water, frost and freeze/thaw cycle

Foundation Design and Construction

   Design and construction foundations

      • Continuous wall footings, column footings

   Design and construction of basement walls

   Design and construction of specialty features:
     walk-outs, partially-exposed foundations

Diagnosing Foundation and Slab Damage
and Evaluating Repair Methods

   Identifying damage

      • Settlement

      • Frost heave

      • Expansive soils

      • Shrinkage

   Repair methods

      • Piers

      • Soil tiebacks

      • Underpinning

      • Rebuilding

Diagnosing Basement Wall Damage
  and Evaluating Repair Methods

   Identifying damage

      • Settlement

      • Frost heave

      • Expansive soils

      • Shrinkage

      • Cracking

      • Failure of connections to supporting diaphragms

   Repair methods

      • Piers

      • Soil tiebacks

      • Carbon fibers

      • Soldier beams

      • Crack repair methods


     6.5 HSW Contact Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

International Code Council
     6.5 Contact Hours

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 most states, including Ohio. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Ohio.

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

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

The International Code Council has approved this event for 6.5 contact hours.

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.


Ethan Buell

President and Principal-in-Charge, BFMJ Structural Engineers

President and Principal-in-Charge, BFMJ Structural EngineersMr. Buell has served as both president and principal-in-charge of BFMJ Structural Engineers for over 33 years. During this time he has worked in almost every area of structural engineering with responsibilities including design engineer, project manager, construction administrator, commercial and residential inspector and historic consultant for thousands of projects. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Consulting Engineers Council of Kentucky, Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, and the Kentucky Board of Housing, Building and Construction. Mr. Buell’s past president/past chairman for the Structural Engineer’s Association of Kentucky. He has served on multiple committees and subcommittees for the Kentucky Building Code Review since 1995 and is the past Kentucky State representative to the National Council of Structural Engineers.