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

Types of Retaining Walls

   Traditional cantilevered retaining walls

      • Reinforced concrete walls

      • Reinforced concrete masonry walls

      • Soldier pile and lagging walls

   Traditional timber walls

   Traditional gravity walls

   Reinforced soil retaining walls

   Anchored retaining walls (tie-backs, soil nailing, etc.)

   Temporary retaining walls

   Over-steepened reinforced slopes

   Gabion walls

   Crib walls

   Private-sector vs. highway retaining wall systems

   Cost of retaining walls

Retaining Wall Design – Part I

   Soil design parameters

   Lateral earth pressure

   External stability

      • Sliding

      • Overturning

      • Bearing capacity

      • Settlement

      • Scour

Retaining Wall Design – Part II

   Internal stability

   Global stability

   Special considerations for tiered retaining walls



   Service life

   Design software

Slope Stabilization

   Science of slope stability

   Surficial vs. deep-seated slope stability

   Long term vs. short term stability

   Slope stabilization techniques

      • Regrading

      • Excavation and replacement

      • Slope reinforcement/pinning

      • Ground improvement

      • Toe retaining walls



     6.5 HSW CEPHs/Contact Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Landscape Architects

     6.5 HSW CEPHs/Contact Hours
     6.5 LA CES HSW PDHs

Professional Engineers

     6.5 PDHs

Floodplain Managers

     6.5 ASFPM CECs


     Non-Mandatory CEOpportunity

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. It offers 6.5 HSW CEPHs to Texas architects and landscape architects and 6.5 PDHs to Texas professional engineers to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Texas.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architect Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida and is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects and landscape architects. 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 Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this eventfor 6.5 CECs.

This course offers a continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity.

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.


Rajendra Meruva, P.E.

Delek Logistics

Mr. Meruva is a geotechnical engineer with 22 years of experience. He is a professional engineer (PE) in Texas, New Mexico, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Mr. Meruva has worked on a variety of projects, including nuclear facilities, wind turbines, bridges, hospitals, parking garages, highrise buildings, refineries, gas plants, schools, dams, landfills, and hydraulic fracking pits, and he has worked in the oil and gas industry. In his current role with Delek, he serves as a lead civil engineer providing civil/geotechnical/structural support on oil and gas midstream facilities. He also provides training to junior and entry-level staff. Mr. Meruva earned his M.S. degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas.