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Presenter: E. Allen Dunn, III, Ph.D., P.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 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 4:30 pm

Science of Soils and Structures

   Typical loads on shallow foundations 
      • Vertical loads 
      • Lateral loads 
   Typical loads on below-grade walls/earth-retaining structures 
      • Vertical loads 
      • Earth-pressure loads 
      • Hydrostatic loads 
   Soil mechanics and effects on shallow foundations 
      • Soil properties 
      • Bearing capacity 
      • Settlement/consolidation
      • Expansive soil
      • Frost action

Foundation Design and Construction

   Design and construction of shallow foundations 
      • Footings 
      • Mats 
      • Slabs-on-grade 
   Design and construction of below-grade walls/earth-retaining structures 
      • Below-grade walls
      • Earth-retaining structures

Evaluating Foundation Distress

   Developing a methodology for forensic investigation
   Typical tools for investigating shallow foundation distress
      • Desktop studies
      • Geotechnical investigation
      • Geophysical investigation
      • Visual condition surveys
      • Elevation surveys
      • Plumbing surveys
      • Nondestructive testing
   Common failure modes
      • Ultimate failure
      • Serviceability failure
   Common failure causes
      • Expansive soil movements
      • Settlement
      • Overloading
      • Design/construction issues

Evaluating Mitigation/Repair Methods

   Techniques for mitigating foundation distress
   Techniques for repairing foundation distress/damage
   Considerations when selecting appropriate mitigation/repair techniques

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW CEPHs/CE Hours
     AIA Pending

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW CEPHs/continuing education hours to architects in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Texas.

The American Institute of Architects has approved this event for 6.5 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 (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects.

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.


E. Allen Dunn, III, Ph.D., P.E.

Lead Foundation Engineer, M&S Engineering LLC

Mr. Dunn is a licensed professional engineer with over 20 years of civil engineering and related experience specializing in geotechnical engineering, pavement engineering, forensic and structural engineering, construction materials engineering and testing, and electrical transmission engineering. He is licensed in multiple states and his experience includes projects throughout the contiguous United States. Mr. Dunn has worked for commercial, governmental, military, and private clients. He earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, an M.S. degree in Civil Engineering and an M.B.A. degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Mr. Dunn earned his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $269.00

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