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Friday, September 23, 2022 
8:30 am – 4:30 pm CDT (including a 60-min. break)


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

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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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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Professional Engineers:
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

Landscape Architects:
6.5 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council:
.65 CEUs (Sitework)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to offer 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers, 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to licensed architects, and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to landscape architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

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

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .65 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).


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: Practical Site Engineering: Science and Techniques

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines the site project planning phase, the impact of soils on and land forms, stormwater best management practices and erosion best management practices, site development plans and soil investigations, earthwork safety practices, site plans, and grading.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain how site engineering can be applied for slope stabilization, stormwater management, landscape aesthetics, and achieving sustainability goals of minimizing disturbance and preserving natural features of the land.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to discuss the role of soil site engineering and the need to investigate soil conditions prior to initiating site development.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe how sites are engineered to manage stormwater and controlling erosion by creating drainage systems, buffer zones, sediment traps, and establishing slope stabilization.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to site grading practices for stairs and ramps, retaining walls, and slopes, and they will be able to describe safe practices for earth moving work.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with site development plans and awareness of stormwater management principles

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 04/21/2025

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.

Webinar Price: $319.00