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Morning Session
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12:15 – 1:15 pm CDT
Afternoon Session
1:15 – 5:30 pm CDT

Presented by
Joseph S. Cooke, P.E.

Understanding Properties of Expansive Soils
Identifying expansive soils
Site investigation and testing and report interpretation

Foundation Design and Construction
Basic design and background
Building code implications
The project team: geotechnical/structural/contractor
Construction guidelines and special inspections

Engineering the Soil and/or the Site Conditions
Geotechnical engineering and testing (post design)
Site grading and elevations
Soil replacement
Moisture control of the soil
Soil treatment/modification

Forensics: Case Studies of Heaving/Expanding Foundations
Identifying damage caused by expansive soils
Repair techniques
Case studies

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Professional Engineers
7.5 PDHs

7.5 HSW CE Hours

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

International Code Council
.75 CEUs (Building)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar offers 7.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.5 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), North Carolina (S-0130), and North Dakota. 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 7.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .75 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).


Joseph S. Cooke

Principal and Director of Engineering at Consulting Services Incorporated (CSI)
Mr. Cooke grew up around construction projects. His work experience includes services in the geotechnical, construction, construction testing/inspection and environmental engineering fields. Mr. Cooke’s project experience includes projects as large as 1,000 acres, buildings as large as 1.5 million square feet, “portfolio” work on as many as 40 projects in one package, and linear projects as long as 40 miles. His specific specialties include earthwork and soil issues, construction materials and project performance, forensic analysis of geotechnical and materials issues, large project planning and geotechnical-related construction planning and analysis. Mr. Cooke has provided geotechnical engineering on over 1,500 projects in more than 15 states.

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 on Expansive Soils

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines the properties of expansive soils, soil investigation and testing, foundation design and construction, soil engineering and site conditions, and the heaving/expanding of foundations.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain the importance of identifying expansive soils through site investigations and testing.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to apply design foundation design strategies for expansive soils that adhere to building codes, and they will be able to explain the necessity to include geotechnical and structural engineers in the process.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify soil and site improvements to increase foundation longevity and success, including site grading, soil replacement, moisture control, and soil treatment and modification.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify foundation damage caused by expansive soils and be able to evaluate repair techniques.

LUs: 7.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity of foundation design and construction

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date:  11/02/2023

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.

Webinar Price: $289.00