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8:00 – 8:30 am CDT
Morning Session
8:30 – 11:45 am CDT
11:45 am – 12:45 pm CDT
Afternoon Session
12:45 – 4:30 pm CDT


Presented by
Daniel P. Messmer, P.E., D. GE

Science of Structures and Soils
Building site evaluation
Site exploration
Geologic hazards
Environmental impacts
Typical loads on foundations
• Gravity loads
• Lateral loads
Typical loads on basement walls
• Gravity loads
• Soil loads
Typical loads on slabs
Soil mechanics and effects on structures
• Soil properties
• Bearing capacity
• Effects on basement walls and retaining walls
• Soil settlement
• Effects of water, frost and freeze/thaw cycle

Foundation Design and Construction
Design and construction foundations
• Continuous wall footings, column footings
Design and construction of basement walls
Design and construction of specialty features: walk-outs, partially-exposed foundations

Diagnosing Foundation and Slab Damage and Evaluating Repair Methods
Identifying damage
• Settlement
• Frost heave
• Expansive soils
• Shrinkage
Repair methods
• Piers
• Soil tiebacks
• Underpinning
• Rebuilding

Diagnosing Basement Wall Damage and Evaluating Repair Methods
Identifying damage
• Settlement
• Frost heave
• Expansive soils
• Shrinkage
• Failure of connections to supporting diaphragms
Repair methods
• Piers
• Soil tiebacks
• Carbon fibers
• Soldier beams
• Crack repair methods


 Webinar Instructions

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 can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council
.65 CEUs (Building)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to licensed architects in all states.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 LU|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .65 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).


Daniel Messmer P.E. D. GE

Daniel P. Messmer, P.E., D. GE  Project Manager with The Gateway Engineers, Inc., in Pittsburgh
Mr. Messmer has over 30 years of engineering experience in analysis, design, plan/specification development, and project management/personnel supervision for geotechnical, foundation and structural engineering projects in the transportation, industrial, municipal and commercial fields of civil engineering. Throughout his career he has placed an emphasis on quality control and staff training. Mr. Messmer is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, the American Society of Highway Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers. He earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Messmer was accepted into the Academy of Geo-Professionals in 2013.

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: Foundation Damage and Repair: Science, Materials and Techniques

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live presentation examines the science of structures and soils, investigates foundation design, construction, damage, assessment and repair, and demonstrates the diagnosis of basement wall damage and appropriate repair methods.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify and calculate the loads that act on foundations and understand soil properties, soil bearing capacity, soil settlement, and the effects of water, frost and freeze/thaw cycles.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to discuss the design and construction of foundations, wall footings, column footings, basement walls, walk-outs and partially-exposed foundations.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify and assess foundation/slab damage from settlement, expansive soils, frost heave, and shrinkage, and they will be able to determine techniques to repair these damages, including piers, soil tiebacks, underpinning and rebuilding.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify and assess basement wall damage from settlement, expansive soils, frost heave and shrinkage, and they will be able to determine repair techniques piers, carbon fibers, crack repair methods, soil tiebacks and soldier beams.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of foundation construction and design

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 04/19/2025

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.