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Friday, March 5, 2021
10:00 am – 1:00 pm CST

Presented by

Rick Bednarek

Definition and purpose of soil properties and qualities
Identify soil properties and qualities
Soil properties in developing soil interpretations
Where to find soil properties, qualities, and interpretations information
Using Web Soil Survey

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Professional Engineers:
3.0 PDHs

3.0 HSW CE Hours

AIA:  (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar)
3.0 LU|HSW

International Code Council:
.3 CEUs (Sitework)

Continuing Education Credit Information

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and NJ or land surveyor courses in FL, KS, NJ, TN and TX, unless expressly stated.

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


Rick Bednarek

Natural Resources Conservation Service

State Soil Scientist in Iowa for the Natural Resources Conservation Service
Mr. Bednarek has statewide responsibility for the Soil Health and Technical Soil Services Programs. He also supervises the GIS section. Mr. Bednarek is also the State Resource Inventory Coordinator in Iowa providing leadership for the state in all Natural Resource Inventory activities. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1983 and started his career with NRCS in 1987. Mr. Bednarek began his soil scientist career as a county soil scientist in McDonough County, Illinois, in 1985. In 1987, he joined the Soil Conservation Service in Minnesota as a soil scientist and later as project leader and area soils specialist. In 1999, Mr. Bednarek became the Resource Soil Scientist in Atlantic, Iowa. Then in 2007, he went to the South Dakota State Office as Soil Quality Specialist and later as Assistant State Soil Scientist.

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: Deep Dive: Digging into Soil Properties and Qualities

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines the importance soil properties and qualities and their impact on built structures, and it informs learners on how to research them as a first step prior to initiating a site development project.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe the important purposes of identifying soil properties in advance of site development and construction.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to define soil properties, including texture, structure and consistence.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe the importance of soil properties in creating soil interpretations that predict the behavior of soils.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to locate important information on soil properties and qualities that will inform decisions on development and construction.

LUs: 3.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with site analysis and earthwork

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 12/23/2023

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.