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

Evaluating Building Sites

   Soil mechanics overview

   Laboratory soil testing

   Design soil profile

Shallow Foundation Design

   Using spread footings

   Using mat foundations

   Using hybrid foundations

Allowable Settlement and Consolidation

   Reviewing theories of bearing capacity

   Understanding consolidation and settlement

   Effects of load types and soil types

   Calculating loads and determining bearing capacity

Shallow Foundation Construction

   Grading and soil improvement

   Dewatering and drainage

   Excavation and underpinning

   Complying with building codes

Handling Special Considerations in Foundation Design

   Site and subsurface exploration

   Foundations on stratified soils

   Foundations on reinforced soils

   Foundations on slopes

   Basements as foundations


     6.5 HSW PDHs
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.5 CE Hours

International Code Council
     6.5 Contact Hours

     Voluntary Ed. Opportunity

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states. It also offers a 6.5 continuing education opportunity to professional engineers in all states (not required for WA license renewal). Courses and course providers are not preapproved in Washington.

This seminar approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885).

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida and is deemed an approved sponsor in New York. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. Educator and course approval is not required in other states.

The International Code Council has approved this event for 6.5 contact hours (.65 CEUs) in the specialty area of Sitework.

This seminar offers contractors a non-mandatory continuing education opportunity. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity.

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.


Scott Palmer, .

Palmer Geotechnical Consultants, Inc.

Palmer Geotechnical Consultants, Inc.Mr. Palmer has over 17 years of experience in civil engineering focusing on water resources and geotechnical engineering. His expertise is in foundation design, below grade and earth retaining structures, hydrology, hydraulics, design of hydraulic structures, hydrogeology, materials testing, slope stability, expansive soils, subsurface seepage, fill placement, and hard rock excavation. Mr. Palmer has performed as project engineer and project manager on many water resources and geotechnical projects for private and government entities. His background includes project management, design and analysis of all phases of municipal and private construction projects, including preliminary geotechnical planning, investigation, geologic mapping, aerial photo review, preparation of plans and specifications, contractor selection, design-build, project engineering support, and forensic studies. Mr. Palmer has designed and prepared plans and specifications for rehabilitation of dams, levees, ponds, and above and below-grade foundations. Other design experience includes treated and raw water transmission pipelines and retaining wall analysis. Mr. Palmer earned his B.S. degree from Colorado State University.