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Thursday, January 14, 2021
11:00 am – 1:00 pm CST

Presented by Michael C. Penney, P.E.

Agenda Highlights:
What are geotechnical reports used for
Project characteristics and risk tolerance
Qualifications to prepare geotechnical reports
Unforeseen conditions discussion
Report contents
• Project description
• Investigation activities
• Subsurface conditions
• Analysis and design recommendations
• Construction considerations
• Recommendations for additional evaluation
• Risk analyses
• Limitations
• Attachments


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 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.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

GoToWebinar App requirements:
Windows 7 – 10 or Mac OSX Mavericks (10.9) – macOS Catalina (10.15)

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Professional Engineers:
2.0 PDHs

2.0 HSW CE Hours

2.0 LU|HSW

Landscape Architects:
2.0 HSW CE Hours

2.0 HSW PDHs

International Code Council:
.2 CEUs (Sitework)


Continuing Education Credit Information
See each course listing for the type and amount of each continuing education credit
available. Individual courses for landscape architects, engineers and architects are not
subject to pre-approval. HalfMoon Education does not apply for landscape courses in
FL, NC, and NJ, unless expressly stated.

HalfMoon Education Certifying Entities
Landscape Architect Continuing Education System
American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (No. J885)
American Institute of Certified Planners (APA)
Boards of Engineering: Florida (No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059),
Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (No. S-0130),
and North Dakota.

Course-by-Course Organizations:
International Society of Arboriculture
Society of American Foresters
Association of State Floodplain Managers

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider
for landscape architects, engineers and architects via its registration with the
American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the
Commissioner §79-1.5(i)(2), §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)).


Michael C. Penney

Michael C. Penney, P.E. Director of Engineering/Principal, GeoInsight, Inc.

Mr. Penney graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1984 with a degree in Civil Engineering and has spent his last 33 years in private consulting working on geotechnical, environmental remediation, civil site design, and landfill projects. He specializes in the interaction of new and existing structures with soil, groundwater, and bedrock. His work assignments and responsibilities have enabled him to be directly involved in many thousands of investigation, evaluation and design projects throughout New England, and he has served as an expert witness on over 20 litigation cases. Mr. Penney is a professional engineer in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine, and he is a licensed site professional in Massachusetts. He has been with GeoInsight since 1993 and is their director of engineering. In addition to direct senior management of projects and senior peer review, Mr. Penney’s responsibilities include steering GeoInsight’s business activities with a small group of majority shareholders, and working on business development and client management

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: How to Read a Geotechnical Report

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines the contents of geotechnical reports and way that skill is essential to design professionals

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able identify and explain the site investigation processes that are the first step in a geotechnical report, including field exploration and assessment, field testing, and laboratory testing.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to explain the process and importance of determining subsurface site conditions of soil, groundwater, bedrock, environmental conditions, and obstructions.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss how geotechnical recommendations in reports should be used when making critical building design decisions.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to use geotechnical reports for site preparation, ground improvement, structural fill placement, dewatering, and erosion and sediment control

LUs: 2.0                                                                                            LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with site evaluation, site design, and site development

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 11/18/2023

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.

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