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

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Houston, TX

Marriott West Loop - By the Galleria
1750 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: 713-960-0111

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am - 11:45 pm

Lunch (On your own):      11:45 - 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 
   6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

   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.

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 each: $269.00

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

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Foundation Design, Distress and Repair: Science, Materials and Techniques

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation examines soil mechanics, loads on slabs, basement walls and shallow foundations, foundation design and construction, diagnosing foundation, slab and retaining wall damage, and damage repair methods.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify and quantify the loads that act on shallow foundations and below-grade walls/earth-retaining structures, and they will be able to discuss soil mechanics and the effects they have on shallow foundations.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to apply design techniques to the construction of shallow foundations, slab foundations, below-grade walls, and earth retaining structures.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify typical tools for investigating shallow foundation distress, discuss how to classify foundation failures as ultimate failures or serviceable failures, and describe common causes of foundation failures.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to determine appropriate repair strategies to foundation damage and explain what must be considered when selecting appropriate mitigation/repair techniques.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.c 

Prerequisites: Experience designing and constructing slabs, basement, and retaining walls.                                 

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 04/15/2022

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost, or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.