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Thursday, September 23, 2021
11:00 am – 2:15 pm CDT
Friday, September 24, 2021
11:00 am – 2:15 pm CDT


Presented by:
Steven Halcomb

Agenda Day One
Introduction to Cold Regions Foundations
Introduction to frozen ground
Physical, thermal, and mechanical properties of soils
Heat flow in soils
Ground thermal regime
Foundation design approaches

Shallow Foundation Design in Cold Regions
Shallow foundation design and the thermal state
Shallow foundation design for bearing capacity
Shallow foundation design for settlement
Mitigation of frost heave on shallow foundations

Agenda Day Two
Deep Foundation Design in Cold Regions
Pile design philosophy
Types of piles
Axial pile design
Lateral pile design
Other considerations – downdrag, dynamic loads, frost heave

Foundation Construction in Cold Regions
Working in the cold
Construction and the long term thermal regime
Construction for shallow foundations
Construction for deep foundations



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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

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

International Code Council:
.6 CEUs (Building)


Continuing Education Credit Information

Foundations in Cold Regions
This webinar offers 6.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.0 HSW continuing
education hours to architects licensed 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 architects and
engineers 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 6.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the

The International Code Council has approved this event for .6 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).


Steven Halcomb

Mr. Halcomb, P.E., G.E., has over 13 years of geotechnical and cold regions engineering experience and is currently employed by CRW Engineering Group, LLC in Anchorage, Alaska. He regularly oversees geotechnical efforts on projects ranging from several hundred thousand to multi-million dollars in various environments including the arctic, subarctic, and marine. He has experience in shallow and deep foundation design, construction, and inspection, including pile driving analyzer, and he has worked in ideal and adverse conditions including liquefiable and expansive soils and frozen ground. In addition, his geotechnical knowledge includes site planning and investigations, laboratory testing, slope stability, geotechnical earthquake engineering, ground improvement, earth retaining structures, reinforced soil and geosynthetics, braced and unbraced excavations, pavement design, construction testing, observation and monitoring, foundations in frozen ground, and thermal analyses. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Geo-Institute. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Arctic Engineering, and his M.C.E. and Earthquake graduate certificate from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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: Foundations in Cold Regions

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This 6-hour live course will cover how to design and construct building foundations that account for the unique physical, thermal and mechanical properties of soils found in cold regions.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe physical, thermal and mechanical properties of soils in cold regions as they relate to foundation design and construction.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to determine the bearing capacity and mitigate frost heave for shallow foundations in cold regions.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify and discuss various pile design philosophies, and describe unique factors that impact deep foundations in cold regions, including down drag, dynamic loads, and frost heave.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify and describe the long-term effects of freezing and thawing conditions on building materials and components.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                             LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with building design and construction concepts

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 06/28/2024

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.