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Presenter: Mike Greenfield PE, PhD

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Portland, OR

Doubletree Hotel Portland
1000 N.E. Multnomah Street
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 503-281-6111

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 - 5:00 pm

Deep Excavation Design

   Understanding soil characteristics
   Earth pressure theory  
      • Basic earth pressure  
      • Braced excavations
      • Surcharge loads 
      • Seismic earth pressures 
   Bracing systems  
      • Soil nail walls 
      • Tieback anchors 
      • Sheet pile and soldier pile walls  
      • Secant pile and diaphragm walls

Deep Excavation Construction Considerations

   Methods of constructing
      • Cofferdams  
      • Bottom heave

Deep Foundation Design I

   Types of deep foundations  
      • Driven piles 
      • Auger cast piles 
      • Drilled shafts  
      • Others 
   Axial capacity 
      • Skin friction 
      • Displacement piles
      • End bearing 
      • Granular soil, cohesive soil, and rock   
   Uplift capacity
      • Down drag 
      • Group effects

Deep Foundation Design II

   Lateral load design 
      • Force, moment, and deflection  
   Pile groups and caps
   Battered piles 
   Seismic considerations

Installation and Testing

   Construction techniques 
   Quality assurance/quality control  
      • Field records 
      • Load test, PDA, CAP/WAP, PIT/PET, TIP  
      • Restriking  
   Selecting foundation type 
   Life expectancy, cost, soil conditions

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

     7.0 HSW CE Hours (CEHs) 
     7.0 AIA LU|HSW 
Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs
     7.0 Commercial CE Hours

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers in all states. This seminar also offers 7.0 continuing education hours to Oregon commercial contractors. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Oregon.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information under this course listing.

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 and architects.

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.


Mike Greenfield PE, PhD

Owner and Principal Engineer at Greenfield Geotechnical

Dr. Greenfield is principal engineer of Greenfield Geotechnical.  His primary design focus is in developing resilient, performance-based, and economical geotechnical and earthquake engineering solutions for buildings, bridges, piers, tanks, and other elements of the built environment.  He completed his M.S. degree at Virginia Tech with a research focus on downdrag of pile foundations and his Ph.D. degree at the University of Washington with a research focus on the effects of liquefaction during long-duration ground motions.  Since moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2008, Dr. Greenfield’s notable projects include deep excavations below groundwater for commercial and industrial facilities, marine cofferdam cells and bulkhead walls on the Oregon coast, pile-supported piers and wharves along the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, and drilled shaft and auger cast pile-supported buildings in downtown Portland and Hillsboro.  He is licensed as a professional engineer in Oregon and Washington.

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: Deep Foundations and Excavations. 

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This seven-hour live lecture presentation examines deep excavation design, and deep excavation construction considerations. This course instructs on when deep foundations are recommended, their proper design and construction, and protecting workers who construct these types of structures.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain the importance of understand soil characteristics of the soil on deep foundation sites, discuss earth pressure theory, and be able to identify and describe earth retention options when working with deep excavations.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify and describe types of deep foundations and construction methods.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss deep foundation design considerations, including axial capacity, uplift capacity, soil types, lateral loads, seismic activity effects, liquefaction, and pile types.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify and describe quality assurance and control methods, and load testing to assure a deep foundation will perform as designed and meet life expectancy goals.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: An understanding of site evaluation and development.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 10/02/2022

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.