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

Shallow Foundation Science

   Science of shallow foundation design

      • Early trial and error

      • Advent of theoretical soil mechanics

      • The new branch of civil engineering: geotechnical

Evaluating Building Sites

   Role of experts in site evaluation process

   Site examination techniques

   Soil mechanics overview

   Soil sampling and testing

   Review of laboratory and field results

Shallow Foundation Design

   Possibility of subsidence

   Shallow foundations on sand

   Foundations on clay

   Special soil/site conditions

   Spread footings


Shallow Foundation Construction

   Grading and soil improvement

   Dewatering and drainage

   Excavation and underpinning

   Complying with building codes

Managing Special Situations in Foundation Design and Construction

   Foundations on expansive and stratified soils

   Maintaining slope stability

   Retaining walls and basement walls

Diagnosing and Repairing Foundation Problems

   Causes of foundation damage

   Repair techniques

      • Supporting interior floors

      • Mudjacking

      • Underpinning

      • Deep grouting

      • Soil stabilization


     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours (HSW)
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

     Voluntary CE Opportunity

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 6.5 (HSW) continuing education hours to architects and 6.5 continuing education hours to engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Virginia.

This event has been 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 No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

This seminar offers a continuing education opportunity to construction contractors but 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 program. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


David Harmanos, P.E.

Branch Manager at Hillis-Carnes Engineering Associates, Inc.

Mr. Harmanos is a professional engineer with extensive experience in subsurface exploration, soil testing, infiltration testing, geosynthetics, and seismic and advanced analysis. His expertise includes commercial, industrial and institutional foundation design; retaining wall and steep slope design; sinkhole remediation; landfill design; site work; forensic engineering; LEED consulting; and construction quality control/assurance (CQA/QC). Mr. Harmanos is a graduate of Drexel University where he received both his BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering (Geosynthetics and Geotechnical). Hillis-Carnes performs geotechnical engineering consulting and laboratory testing services. Its construction services include evaluation of bearing materials, inspection of pile driving, slope inclinometer installation and monitoring, and retaining wall construction observation.