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Soil Mechanics, Bearing Capacity and Slope Stabilization

Presenter: James “Jay” A. McKelvey, III, D.GE, F.ASCE

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Arlington, TX

The Bob Duncan Center
2800 South Center Street
Arlington, TX 76014
Phone: 817-465-6661

This seminar is closed or full.


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

Soil Investigation and Classification

   Properties of soil
      • 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

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
      • Unloading
      • Draining and compaction
      • Reinforcement
      • Soil improvement

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Geologists/Geoscientists
  • Contractors
  • Landscape Architects
  • Floodplain Managers

Professional Engineers &
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW CEPHs/CE Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Landscape Architects
     6.5 HSW CEPHs/CE Hours
     6.5 LA CES HSW PDHs

Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. It offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and geoscientists and 6.5 HSW CEPHs/continuing education hours to architects and landscape architects in most states, including Texas. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Texas.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES and LA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida and is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects and landscape architects. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this event for 6.5 CECs. ASFPM approval qualifies this program for Texas floodplain managers.

This course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


James “Jay” A. McKelvey, III, D.GE, F.ASCE

Director-Geotechnical Design Division at Earth Engineering Inc.

Mr. McKelvey is the director of the Geotechnical Design Division at Earth Engineering Inc. He is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in California, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. 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 structure; and subsurface hydrology.

He also has significant experience in heavy construction claim mitigation 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 25 technical papers in journals, conference proceedings and trade magazines. He is the treasurer for the Delaware Valley Geo-Institute (DVGI), serves on the GeoInstitute committees for Earth Structures and Geosynthetics, and is a voting member in ASTM committees Soil and Rock (D18), and Geosynthetics (D35).

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.