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
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
Selecting a structural engineer
What is the purpose of piers/piles?
Foundation Performance and Evaluation
Guidelines for evaluation
Modes of deformation
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
Information learned from plumbing reports
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
Non-structural remedial neasures
Structural remedial measures for slab-on-grade
Structural remedial measures for pier-and-beam
Post-Remediation and Maintenance
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)
Who Should Attend
7.5 HSW CEPHs/CE Hours
7.5 AIA HSW Learning Units
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.
Paragon Structural Engineering, LTD
Mr. Eubanks is the founder and principal structural engineer of Paragon Structural Engineering, LTD, (PSE) a structural design and forensic investigation firm based in Plano, Texas. He 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, low-rise commercial facilities, warehouses and ancillary structures (retaining walls, screen walls, and swimming pools). He also performs construction-phase observations 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. His 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, he 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. He also serves as a member of the American Concrete Institute’s Design of Slabs-on-Ground Committee (360), the American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Forensic Investigations and the Residential Foundation Investigation and Design Subcommittee (ASCE-Texas Section), 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). Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees for Prestonwood Christian Academy. Mr. Eubanks aims to educate with regard to soil-structure interaction; the design, performance, and evaluation of structural systems; the evaluation of building envelopes; and causes and origins of damage to new and existing structures, as well as remedial solutions.