Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 am
Morning Session: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch (On your own): 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Afternoon Session: 1:00 - 4:30 pm
Retaining Walls: What They Do and How They Do It
Identifying and quantifying forces acting on retaining walls
• Weight of the wall
• Pressure from retained soil
• Pressure on foundation of wall
• Characteristics of soil
• Loads on retained soil
• Impacts of water—liquid and frozen
Equations and examples
Geosynthetics and Retaining Walls, Embankments and Slopes
Calculations and software
Types of retaining walls
• Learn to visually identify geosynthetics as to type, method of manufacture, relative strength, relative permeability, and relative cost
Slope Stabilization Techniques
Examining slope failures
Slope stability analysis
• Mechanical stabilization
Slope Stabilization Case Histories
Fundamental soil characteristics and slope instability
Engineering mechanics underlying slope instability
Geologic conditions and construction practices
Field observations to distinguish types of instability
Construction practices to improve or restore stability
Retaining Wall/Slope Failures and Fixes
How to prevent a potential problem or failure
How to recognize a potential problem or failure in the field
Typical causes of problems or failures with geotechnical structures
Case studies/examples of failures and repairs
Who Should Attend
- Landscape Architects
- Floodplain Managers
6.5 PDHs (HSW)
Architects & Landscape Architects
6.5 HSW PDHs/CE Hours
6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units
6.5 LA CES HSW PDHs
6.5 ASFPM CECs
Non-Credit Continuing Ed.
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs (HSW) to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW PDHs/continuing education hours to architects and landscape architects in most states, including Tennessee. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Tennessee.
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 the LA/CES.
HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for architects and landscape architects in New York. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York (NYSEDNo. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.
The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this course for 6.5 CECs.
This course offers building contractors with a non-credit continuing education opportunity. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing board.
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.
Bill Simpson, PE
Engineered Earth Solutions, LLC
Mr. Simpson is a geotechnical structure design specialist at Engineered Earth Solutions. He designs and reviews shop drawings for construction and repair of earth structures in the public and private sectors in over 30 states, and he consistently works on more than 1,200 projects and 10 million square feet each year. He performs site visits for new project reconnaissance, construction verification, and construction assistance. Mr. Simpson manages, supervises, instructs, and mentors a team of staff engineers to ensure strict deadlines are met for construction schedules while ensuring design and analysis accuracy. He works with owners, site designers, and contractors to provide designs which are not only structurally sufficient but also financially responsible. Mr. Simpson earned his B.S.C.E. and M.S.C.E. degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology.