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Presenter: Brian C. Eubanks, M.S.C.E, P.E, D.F.E.

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: San Antonio, TX

Norris Conference Center
618 NW Loop 410 Suite 207
San Antonio, TX 78216
Phone: 210-738-0040

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 - 5:30 pm

Geotechnical Considerations

   Soil behavior

   USDA/NRCS soil regions

   When is a geotechnical investigation required?

   What constitutes a geotechnical investigation?

   Selecting a geotechnical engineer

   What does a geotechnical engineer need to know?

   How to read/interpret a geotechnical report

   Soil remediation/design options


   Engineered foundations

   Selecting a structural engineer

   Foundation types

   Engineering considerations

   What is the purpose of piers/piles?

   Pier/pile types

   Foundation construction

Foundation Performance and Evaluation

   Guidelines for evaluation

   Modes of deformation

   Performance standards

   Mis-applied standards

   Performance analysis

Foundation Evaluation Case Studies

   Case study #1:  Saved by original construction elevations

   Case study #2:  Re-analyzed with OCE survey

   Case study #3:  As-built tilt

   Case study #4:  Previous repairs affect evaluation

Common Causes of Foundation Movement

Potential Effects of Plumbing Leaks

   Soil behavior

   Information learned from plumbing reports

   Site investigation

   Additional investigation

   Method of analysis

Plumbing Leak Case Studies

   Case study #1:  Slab-on-grade investigation #1

   Case study #2:  Slab-on-grade investigation #2

   Case study #3:  Pier-and-beam investigation #1

   Case study #4:  Pier-and-beam investigation #2

   Case study #5:  Previous elevation survey #1

   Case study #6:  Previous elevation survey #2

Forensic Causation Case Studies

   Case study #1:  Fill settlement

   Case study #2:  Previous land use

   Case study #3:  Pre-existing vegetation

   Case study #4:  Fill settlement

   Case study #5:  Pre-existing vegetation

   Case study #6:  Negative drainage

   Case study #7:  Vegetation

   Case study #8:  Remediated building pad

   Case study #9:  Dishing

Foundation Remediation

   Remediation guidelines

   Non-structural remedial neasures

   Structural remedial measures for slab-on-grade

   Structural remedial measures for pier-and-beam

   Remediation methodology

Post-Remediation and Maintenance


   Plumbing testing

   Floor elevations

   Moisture maintenance

   Owner education

Remediation Case Studies

   Case study #1:  Watering

   Case study #2:  Mechanical lowering

   Case study #3:  Moisture barrier

   Case study #4:  Full underpinning

Additional Levels of Investigation (How to Avoid Becoming a Case Study)

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Geologists/Geoscientists
  • Contractors

   7.5 HSW CEPHs/CE Hours
   7.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
   7.5 PDHs

Professional Geoscientists
   7.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

   Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.5 HSW continuing education hours(CEPHs) to architects in all states, excluding Florida architects.  Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Texas.

The American Institute of Architects has approved this event for7.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885).  Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

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

This course offers 7.5 continuing education hours to Texas professional geoscientists.  Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval.

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

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.


Brian C. Eubanks, M.S.C.E, P.E, D.F.E.

Brian C. Eubanks, M.S.C.E, P.E, D.F.E. is the founder and principal structural engineer of Paragon Structural Engineering, LTD, (PSE) a structural design and forensic investigation firm based in Plano, Texas. Mr. Eubanks leads a technical staff comprised of professional engineers, graduate engineers, project managers, and field technicians in the structural design and forensic investigation of planned and existing structures. Mr. Eubanks’ structural design services include analysis and engineering of large, custom single-family residences, multi-family apartment/condominium complexes, light commercial facilities, warehouses and ancillary structures (retaining walls, screen walls, and swimming pools). Mr. Eubanks also performs construction phase operations of the aforementioned structural systems to verify design compliance. Mr. Eubanks has performed engineering designs for thousands of residential and light commercial structures as well as hundreds of retaining walls, screen walls, and pools. Mr. Eubanks’ structural forensic services include investigations concerning soil-structure interactions, performance of structural systems, evaluation of building envelopes, and determination of cause, origin, and extent of peril damage. Soil-structure interaction assessments include claims relating to design, construction, historic/current site effects, and moisture source influences. Structural system assessments include claims relating to current or latent design and construction issues. Building envelope assessments include claims related to roof coverings, veneers, flashing, and weather resistive barriers. Peril assessments include claims relating to hurricane damage, tornado damage, lightning strikes, earthquakes, explosions, fire damage, and vehicle-structure collisions. Mr. Eubanks has performed hundreds of forensic investigations and he has authored dozens of expert reports for use in mediation, arbitration, and/or litigation. In addition, Mr. Eubanks has provided expert witness testimony in dozens of mediations, arbitrations, and court cases. Mr. Eubanks is a licensed professional engineer in 10 states and is a board certified diplomate in forensic engineering by the National Academy of Forensic Engineers. Mr. Eubanks also serves as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas Section’s Residential Foundation Investigation and Design Committee, the Post-Tensioning Institute’s Structural (DC-10A) and Construction/Maintenance (DC-10D) Subcommittees, and the ASTM International Committees on Concrete Aggregates (C-09), Forensic Engineering (E-58), Soil and Rock (D-18), and Wood (D-07) Committees. Mr. Eubanks aims to educate with regard to soil-structure interaction, the performance and evaluation of structural systems, the evaluations of building envelopes, causes and origins of damage to new and existing structures, as well as remedial solutions.

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.