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

   Soil mechanics overview

   Site exploration

   Subsurface exploration

   Laboratory soil testing

   Design soil profile

Shallow Foundation Design

   Using spread footings

   Using mat foundations

   Using hybrid foundations

Allowable Settlement and Consolidation

   Reviewing theories of bearing capacity

   Understanding consolidation and settlement

   Effects of load types and soil types

   Calculating loads and determining bearing capacity

Shallow Foundation Construction

   Grading and soil improvement

   Dewatering and drainage

   Excavation and underpinning

   Complying with building codes

Handling Special Considerations in Foundation Design

   Foundations on stratified soils

   Foundations on reinforced soils

   Foundations on slopes

   Basements as foundations



     6.5 Contact Hours (PDHs)
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers

     6.5 PDHs


     Voluntary Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

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

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Leaning 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 (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

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

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.


Aaron Budge

Minnesota State University Mankato

Minnesota State University MankatoDr. Budge is a member of the Civil Engineering program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has been teaching Geotechnical Engineering courses, including “Foundation Design” and “Earth Structures,” for over ten years. Prior to joining the faculty at Minnesota State Mankato, Dr. Budge worked with the Utah Department of Transportation. Since moving to Minnesota, he has been involved with a number of projects with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). Such projects include developing and implementing a pile driving formula appropriate to MnDOT practice, implementing a static load testing program (MnPILE) for driven pile foundations, and a number of deep foundation instrumentation projects at sites where negative skin friction (downdrag) was anticipated. Dr. Budge recently had a sabbatical leave from Minnesota State Mankato, working part-time with Barr Engineering Company and also completing work under contract with MnDOT. He has served as an instructor and field demonstrator at the PDCA-sponsored Professors Piling Institute hosted at Utah State University, along with teaching an ASCE workshop entitled “Deep Foundations: Design, Construction, and Quality Control.” Dr. Budge serves as faculty advisor for the ASCE Student Chapter at Minnesota State University and is currently vice-chair of the Engineering Geology and Site Characterization committee of the ASCE Geo-Institute.