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Friday, September 22, 2023
9:00 am – 4:30 pm EDT

Presented by: Daniel P. Messmer

Accommodating Multiple Purposes of Site Engineering

  • Engineering for built elements
  • Slope stabilization
  • Stormwater management
  • Landscape aesthetics
  • Sustainability goals: minimizing disturbance and preserving natural features

Considering the Impact of Soils and Topography

  • Understanding the role of soils
  • Soil characteristics, classification and engineering properties
  • Identifying the underlying geological conditions
  • Understanding the watershed
  • Considering site topography

Site Engineering for Stormwater Management and Erosion Control

  • Reviewing state and local regulations
  • Drainage systems
  • Sediment traps and basins
  • Buffer zones
  • Slope stabilization
  • Establishing proper building material handling and storage
  • Establishing equipment/vehicle fueling and maintenance practices

Doing Earthwork and Maintaining Safety

  • Stripping and excavating soil
  • Weight of soil and excavation hazards
  • Underground installations
  • Water accumulation
  • Equipment safety

Site Grading

  • Grading for roads, sidewalks and paths
  • Grading for stairs and ramps
  • Grading for retaining walls
  • Grading slopes

Site Plans

  • Site plan contents
  • Soil investigation and considerations
  • Surface water and groundwater considerations
  • Excavation specifications and hauling
  • Construction grade staking
  • Paving and surfacing

Site Program Management 

  • Initiation, planning, execution and closure
  • Program governance
  • Quality control

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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

6.0 HSW LUs 

Landscape Architects:
6.0 HSW CE Hours*

6.0 HSW PDHs

International Code Council:
.6 CEUs (Sitework)

*This webinar is also designed to qualify for up to 6.0 HSW CE hours for landscape architects; licensee application for approval may be necessary

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in New Jersey. *This webinar is also designed to qualify for up to 6.0 HSW CE hours for landscape architects; licensee application for approval may be necessary.

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 6.0 HSW LUs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .6 CEUs in the specialty area of Sitework (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).  

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:

6.0 HSW LUs (AIA)


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: New Jersey Practical Site Engineering: Science and Techniques

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This six-hour course will assist design professionals in assessing, planning, and engineering sites for a wide range of purposes, from slope stabilization, to stormwater management, to natural features preservation. The course will consider the impact of New Jersey soils and topography, provide earthwork and safety strategies, and discuss site grading, site planning, and site program management. The course will also focus on site engineering for stormwater management and erosion control.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to utilize drainage systems, sediment traps, basins, buffer zones, and slope stabilization to engineer sites for stormwater management and erosion control.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to discuss the proper strategies of stripping and excavating soil, the potential hazards involved, underground installation practices, and equipment safety.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to adopt site grading strategies for roads, sidewalks, paths, stairs, ramps, and retaining walls.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to analyze the components of a site plan, such as the soil investigation, surface and groundwater considerations, excavation specifications, and construction grade staking.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with site design

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 

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.

Streamable MP4/PDF Price: $329.00

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