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

Evaluating Building Sites

   Desk study


   Subsurface exploration

   Laboratory soil testing

   Soil/rock classification

   Subsurface design profile

Shallow Foundation Types and Design Considerations

   Spread footings

   Mat foundations

   Conventionally-reinforced slab foundations

   Post-tensioned slab foundations

   Use of drilled piers with slab foundations

Allowable Settlement and Consolidation

   Theories of bearing capacity

   Consolidation settlement of clay soils

   Elastic settlement of granular soils

   Calculating loads and determining bearing capacity

Subgrade Improvement and Construction Considerations

   Expansive soils

   Subgrade improvement

   Dewatering and drainage

   Excavation and underpinning

 Shallow Foundations for Retaining Walls

   Bearing capacities

   Lateral pressures

   Global stability

   Foundations on slopes

   Basement retaining walls



     6.5 HSW CEPHs/Contact Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers

     6.5 PDHs


     Non-Mandatory Cont. Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 HSW continuing education hours (TX CEPHs) to architects and 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not pre-approved in Texas.

The American Institute of Architects has approved this event 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.

This seminar offers contractors a continuing education opportunity, but it has not been submitted to any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education approval.

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.

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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.