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Presenter: Michael Perlow Jr. P.E.

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Wallingford, CT

Hilton Garden Inn Wallingford/Meriden
1181 Barnes Road
Wallingford, CT 06492
Phone: 203-284-0000

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

Structure Loads, Soils, Groundwater and Drainage

   Structural foundation, slab, basement, retaining wall loading
   Extreme weather, man’s activities, geohazard impacts
   Soil mechanics and structures
      • Soil properties
      • Groundwater and site drainage
      • Underground utilities and roof drains
      • Foundation bearing capacity and settlement
      • Soil loads on basement and retaining walls

Foundation Design and Construction

   Design-construction shallow, deep and intermediate foundations
   Continuous wall footings, column footings types
   Overview of basement walls types, construction, and design
   Overview of retaining wall types, construction, and design
   Foundation underpinning using micropiles, helical piles

Evaluation of Foundation - Slab Damage and Repair Alternatives

   Inspection, monitoring, and damage assessment
      • Settlement 
      • Frost heave
      • Expansive soils 
      • Shrinkage
      • Subsurface erosion 
      • Sinkhole subsidence
      • Mine subsidence 
      • Pumping-dewatering
      • Cracking 
      • Utility failures
   Repair methods and example case histories
      • Piers, piles 
      • Soil tiebacks
      • Underpinning 
      • Ground improvement

Evaluation of Wall Damage and Repair Alternatives

   Inspection, monitoring, and damage assessment
      • Settlement 
      • Frost loading
      • Expansive soils 
      • Shrinkage
      • Poor drainage 
      • Utility failures
      • Failure of connections to supporting diaphragms
   Repair methods and example case histories
      • Piers, piles 
      • Soil tiebacks
      • Carbon fibers 
      • Soldier beams
      • Crack repair 
      • Secant-tangent walls
      • Underpinning 
      • Reconstruction

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

     6.5 HSW Continuing Ed. 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 continuing education hours to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects in most states. Continuing education is not mandatory in Connecticut.

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 is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

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

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.


Michael Perlow Jr. P.E.

Michael Perlow Jr., P.E. is a retired civil & geotechnical engineer with more than 45 years of experience in engineering geology, geotechnical engineering and failure investigations. He is a registered professional engineer and a graduate of Lehigh University with BSCE and MSCE degrees. He is also the author of some 35 technical publications and has presented at numerous conferences, seminars, and meetings.

Mr. Perlow retired from full-time consulting in January 2016 and continues to work part-time in retirement. He provides continuing education seminars and webinars on Foundation damage assessment and repair and is completing a three year applied research effort on drilled foundation limit state pile capacity verification along with a book on geo-environmental hazard risk management.

Mr. Perlow has extensive foundation failure assessment-repair experience associated with major sinkhole stabilization projects, utility main breaks and geo-environmental hazard triggered failures. He has directed geologic, geophysical, groundwater quality, and geotechnical investigations for major projects including the $100 million AT&T Solid State Technology Center, Interstate 78 through the Schantz Spring Aquifer in Lehigh County in Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley Regional Postal Facility as well as the Vera Cruz Road and Macungie sinkhole collapses. He also has extensive marine geotechnical experience with coastal, offshore and university research projects.

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.

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, Damage Assessment, and Repair Alternatives: Science, Materials, and Techniques. 

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 6.5 hour live lecture presentation covers structure loads, soils, groundwater and drainage, as they relate to structural foundations, foundation design and construction, evaluation of foundation slab damage and repair alternatives, and evaluation of wall damage and repair alternatives.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss soil mechanics and their relationship to structures, including soil properties, groundwater and site drainage, underground utilities and roof drains, foundation bearing capacity and settlement, and soil loads on basement and retaining walls.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify basement and retaining wall types along with design and construction differences between shallow, deep and intermediate foundations.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify and describe foundation damage inspection, monitoring, assessment, causes, and repair methods.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify and describe wall damage inspection, monitoring, assessment, causes, and repair methods.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: 6.5 LU|HSW

Prerequisites: Intermediate level of knowledge of structural design and construction.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 11/21/2021

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.