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Presenter: Jon Hepfner, P.E. and 1 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Missoula, MT

Type: Downloadable MP3+PDF

Product Code: 16175

Product Number: 19 MTSHLFDC 3 29 MPDF

State-Specific Continuing Education Info:


This learning activity provides up to 6.7 continuing education hours to architects (HSW) and professional engineers. 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 - 5:00 pm

Defining Geotechnical Project Requirements/Expectations

   Commercial vs. residential construction
   Defining project scope of service
   Planning geotechnical investigations

Evaluating Building Sites

   Soil mechanics overview
   Site and subsurface exploration methods
   Laboratory soil testing
   Analysis and design considerations

Preliminary Evaluation of Foundation Alternatives

   Bearing capacity and tolerable settlement
   Difficult soil conditions
   Effects of load types and soil types
   Subgrade improvement alternatives

Geotechnical Analysis of Settlement/Heave

   Consolidation theory
   Soil swell/collapse
   Analysis methods

Geotechnical Shallow Foundation Design

   Spread footings
   Mat foundations
   Hybrid foundations
   Shallow, frost-protected foundations
   Lateral earth pressure
   Shallow subgrade improvement
   Special foundation design considerations
   Building code commentary

Factors Impacting Shallow Foundation Performance

   Earthwork, grading, and soil improvement
   Dewatering and drainage
   Earthwork practices/cold weather earthwork

Engineering Inspection/Testing

   Role of the geotechnical engineer during construction
   Site Inspections
   Quality control/quality assurance testing

Questions, Special Topics, Examples


Jon Hepfner, P.E.

Big Sky Subsurface- Belt, MT

Mr. Hepfner is a senior geotechnical engineer with over 20 years of geotechnical experience in Montana. Mr. Hepfner was a senior project level engineer and a minority stockholder of NTL Engineering and Geoscience; founded and operated Big Sky Drilling, a geotechnical and environmental drilling company; and is currently the president and founding member of Big Sky Subsurface, a geotechnical and materials engineering consulting firm. Big Sky Subsurface performs all manner of geotechnical engineering and materials testing services throughout Montana and is equipped with subsurface drilling and testing capabilities as well extensive, state-of-the-art field and laboratory testing equipment/capabilities. Mr. Hepfner has conducted geotechnical field investigations, performed engineering analysis, and prepared geotechnical recommendations and engineering reports for projects including transportation/roadway design, bridge foundations, utility and infrastructure design, deep and shallow foundations, slope stability, hydroelectric and storage dams, historic structure restoration, retaining walls, rockfall hazard mitigation, feasibility studies, and forensic investigations. He has also performed design-build consulting services, construction management, construction observation, quality control management, geotechnical forensic studies, field load testing, and drilling consulting services.

Brian Williams, P.E., P.G.

Terracon Consultants, Inc. – Great Falls, MT

Mr. Williams is a senior geotechnical engineer and geologist with approximately 37 years of experience in the intermountain northwest region. Mr. Williams holds a bachelor of science degree in Geological Engineering and a master of science degree in Civil Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He currently works for Terracon Consultants and has provided foundation analysis and design for projects ranging in scale from single-story, light duty structures to large industrial facilities, bridges, and nuclear facilities. He has performed slope stability studies for open pit mines, earth dams, and municipal reservoir foundations, and has completed site characterization and design studies on major U.S Department of Energy and Defense projects. Mr. Williams’ field experience includes development and implementation of exploration plans for large projects, including drilling, geophysical exploration, geologic mapping, and large-scale sampling programs. Mr. Williams has worked for several large engineering firms and has a broad range of experience and expertise in geology, geophysics, and geotechnical engineering.