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Presenter: James “Jay” A. McKelvey, III, D.GE, F.ASCE

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Natick, MA

Courtyard by Marriott Natick
342 Speen Street
Natick, MA 01760
Phone: 508-655-6100

This seminar is closed or full.


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 - 4:30 pm

Slope Stability Introduction and Investigations

   Types of slope movement and instability
      • Erosion and mudslides
      • Veneer failures
      • Deep seated circular failures
      • Rapid drawdown
      • Rockfall and rock slides
      • Seismic
   Soil investigations for slope stability
      • Site reconnaissance
      • Geology and visual observations
      • Obtaining and reviewing geotechnical reports
      • Establishing appropriate investigational methods
      • Subsurface investigations

Reviewing Properties of Soils and Rock

   Soil classification
   Physical properties
   Drained and undrained shear strength
   Rock mass rating (RMR)
      • Compressive strength
      • Rock quality designation (RQD)
      • Bedding planes, spacing and condition of discontinuities

Slope Stability and Rockfall Analyses

   Slope stability concepts
   Understanding slope failures
   Impact of surface water and groundwater
   Seismic stability
   Rockfall analyses

Slope Stabilization and Case Histories

   Examining slope stabilization methods
      • Surface armament and vegetation
      • Unloading and buttressing
      • Drainage
      • Reinforcement with geosynthetics
      • Rock slope stabilization
   Case histories

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Landscape Architects
  • Floodplain Managers

Architects &
Landscape Architects
     6.5 HSW Contact Hours
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW
     6.5 LA/CES HSW PDHs

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs/CE Hours

Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 HSW contact hours to architects in most states, including Massachusetts. Educators and courses for Massachusetts architects are not subject to pre-approval.

This course offers 6.5 PDHs/CE hours to professional engineers in all states and 6.5 HSW CE hours to landscape architects in most states. Continuing education is not mandatory in Massachusetts. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

This course is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES and LA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information.

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 engineers, architects and landscape architects.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this event for 6.5 CECs.

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state with a construction contractor continuing education requirement.


James “Jay” A. McKelvey, III, D.GE, F.ASCE

Director- Geotechnical Design Division at Earth Engineering Inc.

Mr. McKelvey is the director of the Geotechnical Design Division at Earth Engineering Inc. in East Norriton, Pennsylvania. He is a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in California, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Mr. McKelvey is also a diplomate (D.GE) of the Academy of Geo-Professionals and a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (F.ASCE).

Mr. McKelvey has extensive experience in geotechnical engineering including site assessment and field investigations; deep and shallow foundation design for buildings, bridges and other structures; retaining wall design; embankment stability; mechanically-stabilized soil structures; and subsurface hydrology.

He also has significant experience in mitigating heavy construction claims and in litigation support pertaining to impacted heavy construction projects. Mr. McKelvey has also handled construction support and construction quality assurance projects. His environmental engineering experience includes technical contributions to the remediation of many Superfund sites and over 50-landfill design projects.

Mr. McKelvey has published over 30 technical papers in journals, conference proceedings and trade magazines. He is the past chair for the Delaware Valley Geo-Institute (DVGI) and is a voting member in ASTM committees on soil and rock (D18), and geosynthetics (D35), and he is an editorial board member of the Geotechnical Testing Journal. Mr. McKelvey also serves on two Geo-Institute committees: Earth Structures and Embankments and Dams. For the latter, he is a member of the subcommittee on landslide risk assessment.

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: Slope Stabilization and Landslide Prevention

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 6.5 hour lecture presentation examines the types of slope movement and instability, soil investigations and soil properties, slope stability concepts, causes of slope failure, and slope stability methods.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learner will be able to identify the types of slope movement and instability, and they will be able to explain why it is important to conduct soil investigations prior to initiating site disturbances/development.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to explain the need to understand the physical properties of soils and rock on particular sites and how those properties contribute to slope stability or instability.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify and describe slope stability concepts and causes of slope failure, including surface and groundwater and seismic activity.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to determine appropriate responses to slope movement or failure, including surface armament and vegetation, unloading and buttressing, drainage, and reinforcement with geosynthetics.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with site development and earthwork.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 05/31/2022

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.