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Presenter: Bill Simpson

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

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Day 1, Wednesday, August 19, 2020
10:00 am - 2:15 pm CDT (including a 15-min. break)

Retaining Walls: What They Do and How They Do It

   Identifying and quantifying forces acting on retaining walls
   Pressure from retained soil
   Pressure on foundation of wall
   Loads on retained soil
   Impacts of water
   Weight of the wall
   Characteristics of soil
   Equations and examples

Geosynthetics and Retaining Walls, Embankments and Slopes

   Calculations and software
   Types of retaining walls
   Slopes       Materials       Alternatives        Exercise
   Learn to visually identify geosynthetics as to type, method of manufacture,
      relative strength, relative permeability and relative cost

Day 2, Thursday, August 20, 2020
10:00 am - 2:15 pm CDT (including a 15-min. break)

Global/Slope Stability Analysis

   Methods of slope stability analysis
   Stabilization techniques
   Reinforcement/mechanical stabilization
   Examining deep seated failures
   Global stability and site layout
   Fundamental soil characteristics and global instability
   Engineering mechanics underlying global instability
   Field observations to distinguish types of instability
   Construction practices to improve or restore stability
   Site layout practices to improve stability/prevent instability

Retaining Wall Failures and Fixes

   How to prevent a potential problem or failure through site layout
   How to prevent a potential problem or failure through proper design techniques
   Roles and responsibilities to ensure structure success
   How to recognize a potential problem or failure in the field
   Typical causes of problems or failures with geotechnical structures
   Case studies/examples of failures and repairs

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

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

Professional Engineers:
     8.0 PDHs

     8.0 HSW CE Hours
     8.0 AIA LU|HSW

Landscape Architects:
     8.0 HSW CE Hours
     8.0 LA CES HSW CE Hours

Floodplain Managers:
     8.0 ASFPM CECs

Continuing Education Credit Information

Individual courses for engineers and architects are not subject to pre-approval. HalfMoon Education does not apply for landscape architect courses in FL, NC, and NJ or land surveyor courses in FL, KS, NJ, TN and TX, unless expressly stated.

HalfMoon Education Certifying Entities
   American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (No. J885) International Code Council (No. 1232)
   Landscape Architect Continuing Education System
   American Institute of Certified Planners (APA)
   Boards of Engineering: Florida (No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland,
      New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (No. S-0130), and North Dakota.
   Course-by-Course Providers: Association of State Floodplain Managers

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i) (2)). NY landscape architects: §79-1.5(i)(2).


Bill Simpson

PE, Engineered Earth Solutions, LLC

Mr. Simpson is a geotechnical structure design specialist at Engineered Earth Solutions, LLC. He has designed and reviewed shop drawings for construction and repair of earth structures in the public and private sectors in over 30 states, and he consistently works on more than 1,200 projects and 10 million square feet each year. He performs site visits for new project reconnaissance, construction verification, and construction assistance. Mr. Simpson manages, supervises, instructs, and mentors a team of staff engineers to ensure strict deadlines are met for construction schedules while maintaining design and analysis accuracy. He works with owners, site designers, and contractors to provide designs which are not only structurally sufficient but also financially responsible. Mr. Simpson earned his B.S.C.E. and M.S.C.E. degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

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: Retaining Wall Design and Global Stability Analysis

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines retaining wall function and principles, geosynthetics and retaining walls, embankments and slope, global/slope stability, and retaining wall failures and repairs.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain how retaining walls work, and they will be able to identify and quantify the forces that act on retaining walls.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to differentiate types of retaining walls, and they will be able to identify types of geosynthetic materials and how they are used to enhance slope stability.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify types of deep seated slope failures, methods of slope stability analysis, slope stabilization techniques, and construction practices that improve or restore stability.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to describe how to prevent retaining wall problems or failures through proper site layout and wall design techniques, and they will be able to recognize potential retaining wall problems, causes, and repair strategies.

LUs: 8.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with earthwork

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 06/18/2023

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.