Retaining Walls and Slope Stabilization
Retaining Wall Basics
Thursday, July 26, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT
Retaining walls: What they do and how they do it
– Identifying and quantifying forces acting on retaining walls
– Weight of the wall
– Pressure from retained soil
– Pressure on foundation of wall
– Characteristics of soil
– Loads on retained soil
– Impacts of water – liquid and frozen
Equations and examples
Geosynthetics and Retaining Walls
Thursday, July 26, 2018, 12:30 – 3:00 PM CDT
Types of retaining walls
Calculations and software
Learn to visually identify geosynthetics as to type,
method of manufacture, relative strength, and relative cost
Slope Stability and Geosynthetics
Friday, July 27, 2018, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM CDT
Slope stability concerns
– What to look for
– Causes of instability
Fundamental soil characteristics and slope instability
Engineering mechanics underlying slope instability
Geologic conditions and construction practices
Field observations to distinguish types of instability
Exercise (unreinforced and reinforced)
Slope and Retaining Wall Failures, Fixes and Prevention
Friday, July 27, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 PM CDT
How to prevent a potential problem or failure
– Before construction (design practices)
– During construction
– After construction
How to recognize a potential problem or failure in the field
Typical causes of problems or failures with geotechnical structures
Case studies/examples of failures and repairs
Construction practices to improve or restore stability
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7.0 HSW CE Hours
7.0 HSW LUs
Continuing Education Credit Information
HalfMoon Education is an American Institute of Architects-approved continuing education sponsor (No. J885) and is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in New York. These webinars are not approved for Florida architects. Other states do not preapprove educators or courses. Check each webinar for the number of continuing education hours available. HalfMoon Education is an approved engineer continuing education provider in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. Other states do not preapprove educators or courses. These webinars offer engineer continuing education credit in all states. Check each course listing for the number of PDHs available. HalfMoon Education is an International Code Council Preferred Provider (1232). Participation and knowledge retention will be verified for these webinar events, certificates of completion will be provided, and LUs will be reported to the AIA. Please see individual course listings for available credit approval.
Bill Simpson P.E.
Geotechnical Structure Design Specialist at Gradelta Engineering.
Mr. Simpson founded Gradelta Engineering in 2020 with the intent to help clients better understand the combination of geotechnical and structural engineering that he has worked with for the past 20 years. He earned his B.S.C.E. and M.S.C.E. degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology. He currently provides engineering services to contractors and fellow engineers for earth structure pricing, along with the plans and calculations needed for construction. He frequently consults with clients regarding the optimal structure type and location on the construction site to minimize risk and maximize useable space. He also works in the education sector providing not just seminars such as this one, but also acting as a subject matter expert creating study guide and test prep content for the NCEES Professional Civil Engineer exam. Mr. Simpson has also worked with lawyers and insurance companies during forensic investigation and lawsuits surrounding retaining walls and slope failures. His hope is that through the instructional services that he currently provides, slopes will remain stable and retaining wall failure will be eliminated.