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8:00 – 8:30 am CST
Morning Session
8:30 am – 12:15 pm CST
12:15 – 1:15 pm CST
Afternoon Session
1:15 – 5:00 pm CST


Presented by
Antonio A. Prete, P.E. and Laton Carr, P.E., C.F.M.

Fundamental Site Design Considerations
Existing topography

Site Evaluation
Surveying a site
Soil testing
Existing topography and features

Site Plan Elements and Design
Grading plans
Drainage plans

Understanding and Complying with Legal Requirements
ADA design considerations
EPA site design requirements
Local ordinances and standards
Zoning regulations

Site Grading Design
Existing lay of the land
Grading goals and strategies
Challenges and pitfalls (figuratively speaking)
Design software

Site Drainage Design
Existing flow patterns
Proposed drainage schemes
Atlas 14 and other regulatory considerations
Challenges and pitfalls
Design software

Site Inspection
Role of inspection to ensure site safety and reduce liability
Utilize site inspection to ensure site plan compliance

Case Studies



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Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. 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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Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs

Architects   (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar)
7.0 HSW CE Hours

Landscape Architects   (LA CES credits only available for attending live Webinar)
7.0 HSW CE Hours

Floodplain Managers

International Code Council
.70 CEUs (Sitework)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW CEPHs/continuing education hours to architects and landscape architects in Texas. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Texas.

This event has been approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 7.0 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA CES and LA CES.

Engineers, architects and landscape architects seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this webinar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

This webinar has been approved by the Association of State Floodplain Managers for 7.0 CECs for floodplain managers.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .70 CEUs in the specialty area of Sitework (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

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).


Laton Carr P.E. C.F.M.

Floodplain Administrator and Utility Engineer, City of Round Rock, TX
Until the end of last year, Mr. Carr served as the Planning and Development Services Engineering Division Manager with the City of Round Rock, Texas. With that previous group he facilitated permit applications for site and subdivision development from the point of annexation and platting through site construction and closeout. Mr. Carr spent 13 years in this review and permitting role after 4 years with Pape-Dawson Consulting Engineers designing site and subdivision plans.

Mr. Carr now reviews utilities, flood studies, and drainage studies for his former group for code compliance and technical correctness.  Additionally, he advises other City of Round Rock departments on floodplain related items as well as manages Capital Investment Projects for the City for drainage and utility projects.

Prior to working for the City of Round Rock and Pape-Dawson in Austin, Mr. Carr earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.  He continues to serve as a mentor for a senior civil engineering design class at the University of Texas, which he has done for the past several years. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mr. Carr is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and is a certified floodplain manager.

Antonio A. Prete P.E.

President, Waeltz & Prete Civil Engineers

Following a six-year enlistment in the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Prete earned his bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas in 1999. His expertise includes design and construction plan preparation for civil works projects such as site developments, streets/roads, drainage facilities, water and wastewater distribution/collection systems, and stormwater detention/quality controls. In addition, his expertise includes hydrology and hydraulic design, and water modeling with HEC-HMS, HEC-RAS & WaterCad, respectively. He also prepares feasibility reports, technical reports, proposals, man-hour estimates, project budgets, schedules, and construction cost estimates. Mr. Prete and his team design and permit projects for both the private and public sectors. In addition to site and subdivision design, Mr. Prete also serves as chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission in Elgin, 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: Texas Site Design: Grading and Drainage

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course on site design examines fundamental design considerations that site designers must account for when creating grading and drainage plans. Topics include working with existing topography including floodplains, evaluating the site and testing soil, essential elements of a site design plan, ADA and EPA considerations, designs for grading and drainage, site inspection, and a discussion of real-world site design case studies.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to articulate fundamental site design and evaluation considerations, and identify essential site plan and design elements.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to create site plans that protect the health and welfare of the public by complying with EPA regulations and complying with ADA design requirements for site accessibility.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to create drainage and grading plans and designs that take into account existing topography, hydrological flow patterns, regulatory considerations, and assorted site design challenges and pitfalls.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to describe the role of site inspection as a site plan compliance tool as well as a way of ensuring site safety.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Some experience with site design concepts

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 09/09/2024

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.