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Friday, November 18, 2022
8:30 am – 4:30 pm CST (including a 60-min. break)


Presented by
Rajendra Meruva, PE

Evaluating Building Sites
Desk study
Subsurface exploration
Laboratory soil testing
Soil/rock classification
Subsurface design profile

Shallow Foundation Types and Design Considerations
Spread footings
Mat foundations
Conventionally reinforced slab foundations
Post-tensioned slab foundations
Use of drilled piers with slab foundations

Allowable Settlement and Consolidation
Theories of bearing capacity
Consolidation settlement of clay soils
Elastic settlement of granular soils
Calculating loads and determining bearing capacity

Subgrade Improvement and Construction Considerations
Expansive soils
Subgrade improvement
Dewatering and drainage
Excavation and underpinning

Shallow Foundations for Retaining Walls
Bearing capacities
Lateral pressures
Global stability
Foundations on slopes
Basement retaining walls


 Webinar Instructions
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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

International Code Council:
.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).


Rajendra Meruva, P.E.

Delek Logistics

Mr. Meruva is a geotechnical engineer with 22 years of experience. He is a professional engineer (PE) in Texas, New Mexico, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Mr. Meruva has worked on a variety of projects, including nuclear facilities, wind turbines, bridges, hospitals, parking garages, highrise buildings, refineries, gas plants, schools, dams, landfills, and hydraulic fracking pits, and he has worked in the oil and gas industry. In his current role with Delek, he serves as a lead civil engineer providing civil/geotechnical/structural support on oil and gas midstream facilities. He also provides training to junior and entry-level staff. Mr. Meruva earned his M.S. degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas.

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 is intended to assist design professionals in designing and constructing shallow foundations. The course begins with techniques for evaluating the building site before discussing shallow foundation types, design considerations, allowable settlement, subgrade improvements, shallow foundations for retaining walls and construction considerations.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to evaluate building sites through subsurface exploration, laboratory soil testing, soil/rock classification and other techniques.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to review the types of shallow foundations and design considerations, including spread footings, mat foundations, reinforced slabs, post-tensioned slabs, and the use of drilled piers with slab foundations.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to calculate loads, determine bearing capacity, and discuss the consolidation settlement of clay soils, global stability, foundations on slopes and basement retaining walls.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to review construction considerations, such as expansive soils, and subgrade improvement techniques such as dewatering, drainage, excavation and underpinning.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with design and construction

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 09/23/2025

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.