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 – 5:00 pm

Introduction to Cold Regions Foundations

   Introduction to frozen ground

   Physical, thermal, and mechanical properties of soils

   Heat flow in soils

   Ground thermal regime

   Foundation design approaches

Shallow Foundation Design

   Shallow foundation design and the thermal state

   Shallow foundation design for bearing capacity

   Shallow foundation design for settlement

   Mitigation of frost heave on shallow foundations

Deep Foundation Design

   Pile design philosophy

   Types of piles

   Axial pile design

   Lateral pile design

   Other considerations – downdrag, dynamic loads, frost heave

Foundation Construction

   Working in the cold

   Construction and the long term thermal regime

   Construction for shallow foundations

   Construction for deep foundations



     7.0 PDHs/Contact Hours
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers

     7.0 PDHs

Alaska Contractors – Residential Endorsement

     7.0 Technical Credit Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 HSW PDHs (contact hours) to architects and engineers in most states, including Alaska. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Alaska.

This course is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 7.0 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, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

The Construction Contractor Section of the Alaska Department of Commerce Community, and Economic Development has approved this program for 7.0 Technical credit hours for Alaska Contractors – Residential Endorsement Holders.

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.


Steven Halcomb, P.E., G.E.

Devise Engineering

Mr. Halcomb has over 16 years of geotechnical earthquake engineering experience in Alaska and throughout the US. He is Principal Geotechnical Engineer with Devise Engineering in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Halcomb regularly oversees geotechnical efforts on projects ranging from several hundred thousand to multi-million dollars in various environments including the arctic, subarctic, and marine. He has experience in shallow and deep foundation design, retaining walls, slope stability, pavements, excavations, and regularly aids during construction and performs various inspections. Mr. Halcomb has worked in ideal and adverse conditions including liquefiable and expansive soils and frozen ground requiring extensive thermal modeling. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Geo-Institute. Mr. Halcomb earned his B.S., M.C.E., M.S. in Arctic Engineering, and an Earthquake graduate certificate all from the University of Alaska Anchorage.