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

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Austin, TX

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown
500 North Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-480-8181

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:30 - 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:30 - 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

   1: Saved by original construction elevations
   2: Re-analyzed with OCE survey
   3: As-built tilt
   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

   1: Slab-on-grade investigation #1
   2: Slab-on-grade investigation #2
   3: Pier-and-beam investigation #1
   4: Pier-and-beam investigation #2
   5: Previous elevation survey #1
   6: Previous elevation survey #2

Forensic Causation Case Studies

   1: Fill settlement
   2: Previous land use
   3: Pre-existing vegetation
   4: Fill settlement
   5: Pre-existing vegetation
   6: Negative drainage
   7: Vegetation
   8: Remediated building pad
   9: Dishing

Foundation Remediation

   Remediation guidelines
   Non-structural remedial measures
   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

   1: Watering
   2: Mechanical lowering
   3: Moisture barrier
   4: Full underpinning

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

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Geologists/Geoscientists
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     7.5 PDHs

     7.5 HSW CEPHs/CE Hours
     7.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

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, except Florida architects. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Texas.

The American Institute of Architects has approved this event for 7.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

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. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects.

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.

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.

Tuition Costs:

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

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