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Please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023
8:30 am – 4:00 pm CST


Evaluating Building Sites

  • Soil mechanics overview
  • Site exploration
  • Subsurface exploration
  • Laboratory soil testing
  • Design soil profile

Shallow Foundation Design

  • Using spread footings
  • Using mat foundations
  • Using hybrid foundations
  • Using slab foundations

Allowable Settlement and Consolidation

  • Determining bearing capacity
  • Understanding consolidation and settlement
  • Effects of load types and soil types
  • Increasing bearing capacity

Shallow Foundation Construction

  • Grading and soil improvement
  • Dewatering and drainage
  • Excavation and underpinning
  • Complying with building codes
  • Obtaining permits and inspections

Basements as Foundations

  • Construction of footings, floor and walls
  • Drainage considerations
  • Walk-outs

Slab-On-Grade Foundations

  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Materials and site preparation
  • Construction process

Handling Special Considerations in Foundation Design

  • Foundations on stratified soils
  • Foundations on expansive soils
  • Foundations on reinforced soils
  • Foundations on slopes


Webinar Instructions
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 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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6.5 PDHs 

6.5 HSW CE Hours 

6.5 HSW LUs* 

International Code Council 
0.65 CEUs (Building)** 


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.5 PDHs for professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects 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 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|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885).* Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES. 

The International Code Council has approved this event for .65 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (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).


*Live course approval. Pre-approval for on-demand format may be available upon request. 

**Live course approval. Not approved for on-demand format. 


Daniel Messmer, P.E., D. GE

The Gateway Engineers INC

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: Shallow Foundation Design and Construction

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course focuses on the design and construction of shallow foundations, from identifying the on-site soil to inspection. Topics of focus include: evaluating building sites, types of shallow foundations, allowable settlement and consolidation, the construction of shallow foundations, using basements as foundations, slab-on-grade foundations and handling special considerations such as slopes or particular soils.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1: Learners will be able to evaluate the use and efficacy of spread footings, mat foundations, hybrid foundations and slab foundations.

Learning Objective 2: Learners will be able to determine bearing capacity and explore methods to increase it, understand consolidation and settlement, and identify the effects of load types and soil types.

Learning Objective 3: Learners will be able to discuss special considerations in foundation design, including foundations on stratified soils, expansive soils, reinforced soils and slopes.

Learning Objective 4: Learners will be able to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of slab-on-grade foundations, explain the construction process and identify the materials used.

Learning Objective 5: Learners will be able to examine the construction process of shallow.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with structural design

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 01/06/2026

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.