HalfMoon Education Inc. Knowledge Gets You There

Presenter: R. Michael Bivens, P.E.

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Louisville, KY

Type: Downloadable MP3+PDF

Product Code: 14569

Product Number: 16H KYSHLFDC 3 9 LSVL

State-Specific Continuing Education Info:


This learning activity provides up to 6.3 continuing education hours to architects (HSW), professional engineers, and contractors. It is incumbent on each participant to know if this learning methodology qualifies for continuing education credit for their professional license. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility, or contact HalfMoon Education for assistance. This activity does not qualify for AIA Learning Units.

How to Use

Downloadable self-study formats are available approximately 5 weeks after the date of the live event. Please allow up to 4 hours to download the audio file. This time varies greatly depending on internet speed.

The downloadable self-study package includes an MP3 format audio recording of a live seminar and a PDF of the manual that was distributed at the seminar. You will be required to download both the audio recording and the manual. The manual contains written materials prepared by the seminar speaker(s).

The audio file contains embedded number codes, which you are required to document and return to HalfMoon if you wish to obtain a certificate of completion for the program. The acceptance of self-administered continuing education activities vary widely between states and professions. Before undertaking any self-study effort, you should review the rules of your licensing/certifying entity.

HalfMoon Education guarantees its products. The self-study products are recorded from a live seminar and there are circumstances where an audio recording is not available. HalfMoon will contact you and issue a full refund if the product you ordered is not available. If you are not happy with a product you receive, you can return the product for a full refund. However, refunds will not be issued if completion certificates are requested.


Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:15 - 4:30 pm

Evaluating Building Sites

   Soil mechanics overview

   Trial and error soil mechanics

   Subsurface exploration

Shallow Foundation Design

   Laboratory soil testing

   Geotechnical reporting

   Applied bearing pressure

   Ultimate bearing capacity

   Allowable bearing capacity

   Spread foundations

   Strip foundations

   Foundations on slopes

Settlement and Consolidation

   Understanding consolidation and settlement

   Laboratory testing for consolidation

   Rate of consolidation

   Effects of load types and soil types

   Estimating consolidation

Shallow Foundation Construction and Case Histories

   Grading and soil improvement

   Excavation and underpinning

   Lifting settled foundations


R. Michael Bivens, P.E.

Chief Engineer with Rembco Geotechnical Contractors, Inc.
Mr. Bivens graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering. He has 14 years of experience as an estimator and geotechnical engineer with Rembco Geotechnical Contractors in Knoxville, providing geotechnical solutions nationwide. Mr. Bivens also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Tennessee, teaching geotechnical engineering courses. Prior to working with Rembco, Mr. Bivens was a consulting engineer with AMEC Earth and Environmental, Inc., performing geotechnical investigations, civil and environmental design, and geotechnical design. Rembco is a geotechnical contractor that specializes in foundation support, soil stabilization and specialty grouting. It also provides a variety of geotechnical services including ground improvement, rock slide stabilization, excavation shoring, sinkhole remediation, encapsulation grout of hazardous materials, and controlling of underground liquid migration.