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Tuesday, June 11, 2024
8:30 am – 5:00 pm CDT


Presented by: Ray Meyer, P.E.

Soil Investigation and Classification

  • Importance of knowing construction site soils
  • Soil classification
    •  Importance of recognizing soil properties
    •  Formation of soils
    •  Types of soils
  • Soil investigation
    •  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

  • Soil permeability
  • Compressibility of soil
  • Soil hydraulics
    •  Saturation, hydraulic gradient, and conductivity
  • Drained and undrained shear strength
    •  Vertical and lateral earth pressure
  • Stress and failure in soils

Complying with Building Code Provisions on Soils

  • International Building Code (IBC)
  • International Residential Code (IRC)
  • Infrastructure standards and guidelines

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
    •  Grouting

Determining and Improving 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
    •  Covering
    •  Unloading
    •  Draining and compaction
    •  Reinforcement
    •  Soil improvement


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7.0 PDHs

7.0 HSW CE Hours

AIA - American Institute of Architects
7.0 LU|HSW

Landscape Architects
7.0 HSW CE Hours

LACES - Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System
7.0 HSW PDHs

ICC - International Code Council
.7 CEUs (Sitework)


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 7.0 PDHs for professional engineers, 7.0 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects, and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours for 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 License No: CEA362), 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, architects, and landscape architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System and Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2), §69.6(i)(2), and §79-1.5(i)(2)). Most other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 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 7.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .7 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 is not pre-approved by any licensing boards and may not qualify for the same credits; 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:

7.0 HSW LUs (AIA)


Ray Meyer, P.E.

Regional Manager-Texas and Partner with CMT Technical Services, Inc.

Mr. Meyer has over 40 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, construction materials engineering and testing, environmental assessments and forensic investigations. His current practice focuses on expansive and soft soil conditions, soil-structure interaction, foundation investigations, paving design and forensic studies. Mr. Meyer earned his BSCE and MCE degrees from the University of Houston. He is a professional engineer in the State of Texas. Mr. Meyer is an Adjunct Professor for the College of Engineering Technology, Department of Construction Management at the University of Houston-Main Campus where he instructs courses in Construction Materials Testing and Foundation Engineering. He is a past president of the University of Houston Engineering Alumni Association, a past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ National Deep Foundation Committee, and a past president of the Texas Council of Engineering Laboratories-Houston branch.

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: Soils in Construction

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course begins with an exploration of soil science and properties, specifically the investigation, classification, hydraulic and mechanical properties of soils. The course then reviews applicable building code provisions related to soil, explains compliance methods, and demonstrates the calculation and increasing of bearing capacity. The course concludes with a discussion on soil compaction.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to analyze and classify various types of soil and explain the importance of understanding the soils on a construction site.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to calculate the bearing capacity of shallow foundations, piers and piles and use drainage, compaction and soil improvements to increase bearing capacity.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with building code provisions related to soil, specifically the IBC, IRC and other standards and guidelines.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss soil hydraulics (saturation, pore pressure, permeability) and analyze stresses in soil (overburden, vertical and lateral pressures).

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with sitework

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 04/03/2026

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.

USB MP4/PDF Price: $349.00

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