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Presented by James “Jay” McKelvey III
Soil Investigation and Classification
Properties of soil
• Importance of recognizing soil properties
• Formation of soils
• Types of soils
• Site reconnaissance
• Geology and visual observations
• Drilling and boring
• Test pits
• Establishing appropriate investigational methods
• Obtaining and reviewing geotechnical reports
Reviewing Hydraulic and Mechanical Properties of Soils
Compressibility of soil
• Saturation, hydraulic gradient, and conductivity
Drained and undrained shear strength
• Vertical and lateral earth pressure
Stress and failure in soils
Determining and Increasing Bearing Capacity
Calculating bearing capacity
Bearing capacity of shallow foundations
Bearing capacity of piers and piles
Increasing bearing capacity
• Draining and compaction
• Soil improvement
Determining and Increasing Slope Stability
Natural and engineered slopes
Reviewing basic concepts of slope stability
Understanding slope failures
Impact of surface water and groundwater
Examining slope stabilization methods
• Draining and compaction
• Soil improvement
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6.5 HSW CE Hours
6.5 HSW CE Hours
International Code Council
Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing
education hours to architects licensed in all states. It offers 6.5 HSW continuing
education hours to landscape architects licensed in all states, except Florida, New Jersey,
and North Carolina.
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), North Carolina (S-0130), and North Dakota.
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engineers, architects, and landscape 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), §79-1.5(i)(2)). Courses approved by the AIA/CES qualify for
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This course has been approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing
Education System 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Course approval is pending from the
Landscape Architect Continuing Education System. Only full participation is reportable to
the AIA/CES and LA CES.
Course approval is applied for and pending from the International Code Council in the
specialty area of Sitework (Preferred Provider No. 1232).
Visit this course listing at www.halfmoonseminars.org for updates to the pending CE
Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond
to prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation
(multiple attempts allowed).
James MckelveyEarth Engineering Inc.
Director- Geotechnical Design Division at Earth Engineering Inc.
Mr. McKelvey is the director of the Geotechnical Design Division at Earth Engineering Inc. in East Norriton, Pennsylvania. He is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in California, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Mr. McKelvey is also a diplomate (D.GE) of the Academy of Geo-Professionals and a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (F.ASCE).
Mr. McKelvey has extensive experience in geotechnical engineering including site assessment and field investigations; deep and shallow foundation design for buildings, bridges and other structures; retaining wall design; embankment stability; mechanically-stabilized soil structures; and subsurface hydrology.
He also has significant experience in mitigating heavy construction claims and in litigation support pertaining to impacted heavy construction projects. Mr. McKelvey has also handled construction support and construction quality assurance projects. His environmental engineering experience includes technical contributions to the remediation of many Superfund sites and over 50-landfill design projects.
Mr. McKelvey has published over 30 technical papers in journals, conference proceedings and trade magazines. He is the past chair for the Delaware Valley Geo-Institute (DVGI) and is a voting member in ASTM committees on soil and rock (D18), and geosynthetics (D35), and he is an editorial board member of the Geotechnical Testing Journal. Mr. McKelvey also serves on two Geo-Institute committees: Earth Structures and Embankments and Dams. For the latter, he is a member of the subcommittee on landslide risk assessment.
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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: Soil Mechanics, Bearing Capacity and Slope Stabilization
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation examines soil investigation and classification, hydraulic and mechanical properties of soils, determining and increasing bearing capacity, and determining and increasing slope stability.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe the need to need to understand the properties of soil on particular development soils and value of conducting soil investigations to determine the appropriate type and design of that foundation, which will ensure its longevity and safety.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to articulate the need to understand the hydraulic and mechanical properties of site soils so that soil compressibility and drainage can be considered for foundation design.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to calculate soil bearing capacities for shallow foundations, piers and piles, and they will be able to explain how to increase bearing capacity through draining, compaction, and soil improvement.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to differentiate the stability of natural and engineered slopes, explain why slopes fail, and describe slope stabilization methods to avoid slope failure and landslides.
LUs: 6.5 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Familiarity with site development and earthwork
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 09/05/2022
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