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8:00 – 8:30 am PDT
Morning Session
8:30 am – 12:15 pm PDT
12:15 – 1:15 pm PDT
Afternoon Session
1:15 – 5:00 pm PDT

Presented by
Robert Trazo,, Pe, Ge,

Evaluating Building Sites
Soil mechanics overview
Site exploration
Subsurface exploration
Laboratory soil testing
Design soil profile

Complying with California Building Codes and Best Practices
California Building Code provisions on shallow foundations
Best practices in California

Shallow Foundation Design
Using spread footings
Using mat foundations

Allowable Settlement and Consolidation
Determining bearing capacity
Understanding consolidation and settlement
Effects of load types and soil types
Increasing bearing capacity

Shallow Foundation Construction
Grading and soil improvement
Dewatering and drainage
Excavation and underpinning

Handling Special Considerations in Foundation Design
Foundations on stratified soils
Foundations on expansive soils
Foundations on reinforced soils
Foundations on slopes

Diagnosing and Repairing Foundation Problems
Causes of foundation damage
Repair techniques
• Ground improvement
• Underpinning
• Piers, piles

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Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

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Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs

7.0 HSW CE Hours

AIA  (AIA credits only available for attending live webinar)
7.0 LU|HSW

International Code Council
.7 CEUs (Building)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar offers a 7.0 hour continuing education opportunity to California architects and professional engineers licensed in California. It does not qualify for accessibility credit for architects, and California does not require continuing education for engineers.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to all prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Robert G. Trazo Pe Ge

Southern California Geotechnical, Inc.
Southern California Geotechnical, Inc. (SCG) specializes in providing great service to its fantastic clients on commercial, industrial, residential, public, governmental and retail projects. The company has been structured since its founding in 1998 as a streamlined organization with hands-on involvement by the principals of the company. Because of that, SCG has been and continues to be a valued and trusted member of development design teams in Southern California. Mr. Trazo has 23 years’ experience in the geotechnical industry beginning with analyzing forensic projects associated with the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and Malibu landslides to building large residential, municipal and bridge projects in Orange County to building large commercial, industrial and retail buildings throughout Southern California. Mr. Trazo has served as a part-time professor of civil engineering at California Polytechnic University, Pomona since 2003. Mr. Trazo has also taught the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Review Class for California Professional Engineer license exam students since 2001. In addition, Mr. Trazo has served the California Board of Professional Engineers since 2005 as a geotechnical exam development team member and as a geotechnical subject matter technical expert reviewing cases involving other geotechnical engineers in California. Mr. Trazo is a devoted family man and is involved with community service projects throughout Southern California.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: California Shallow Foundation Design, Construction and Repair

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course delves into evaluating building sites for constructing shallow foundations, referencing and complying with California Building Code provisions on shallow foundations, shallow foundation design using spread footings and mat foundations, allowable settlement, shallow foundation construction, specil considerations in foundation design, and diagnosing and repairing foundation problems.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe the purpose and process of evaluating potential building sites for the construction of a shallow foundation.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to reference and discuss compliance standards for California Building Code provisions on shallow foundations and best practices specific to California.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe how to design shallow foundation design using spread footings and using mat foundations, and learners will be able to determine the foundation bearing capacity and consolidation and its effects of load types and soil types.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to describe the shallow foundation construction processes of grading and soil improvement, dewatering and drainage, and excavation and underpinning.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to explain design and construction considerations for stratified soils, expansive soils, reinforced soils, and foundations on slopes. Learners will able be able to respond to foundation problems with appropriate diagnosing and repair techniques.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                            LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with construction foundations

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date:  04/15/2024

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.

Webinar Price: $289.00