Registration:                    8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Lunch (On your own):       12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Afternoon Session:           1:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Soil Investigation and Classification          J. Snyder

   Properties of soil

      • Importance of recognizing soil properties

      • Formation of soils

      • Types of soils

   Soil investigation

      • Site reconnaissance

      • Geology and visual observations

      • Drilling and boring

      • Test pits

      • Establishing appropriate investigational methods

      • Obtaining and reviewing geotechnical reports

Reviewing Hydraulic and Mechanical Properties of Soils          I. Shunnar

   Soil permeability

   Compressibility of soil

   Soil hydraulics

      • Saturation, hydraulic gradient, and conductivity

   Drained and undrained shear strength

      • Vertical and lateral earth pressure

   Stress and failure in soils

Determining and Increasing Bearing Capacity          I. Shunnar

   Calculating bearing capacity

   Bearing capacity of shallow foundations

   Bearing capacity of piers and piles

   Increasing bearing capacity

      • Draining and compaction

      • Soil improvement

Determining and Increasing Slope Stability          J. Snyder

   Natural and engineered slopes

   Reviewing basic concepts of slope stability

   Understanding slope failures

   Impact of surface water and groundwater

   Examining slope stabilization methods

      • Unloading

      • Draining and compaction

      • Reinforcement

      • Soil improvement


     6.5 HSW Contact Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     Non-Mandatory Cont. Ed.

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 PDHs to professional engineers in Michigan. Educators and courses arenot subject to pre-approval in Michigan.

This course has been approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Provider 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.

This seminar offers contractors a continuing education opportunity, but it has not been submitted to any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education approval.

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.


Ibraheem Shunnar P.E.

Director of Engineering at The Mannik & Smith Group
Mr. Shunnar has more than 25 years of experience in geotechnical engineering with expertise in specialty foundations, ground improvement, slope stability, instrumentation and waste management. He has a master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and he is a registered professional engineer. He is the author of many articles and papers on geotechnical engineering. He was the project manager for the Fairlane Green redevelopment project, winner of the 2008 National Phoenix Award. He is also the recipient of the distinguished achievement award from the University of Michigan.

Jeffrey L. Snyder, PE

Senior Geotechnical Engineer at GHD Services, Inc.

Mr. Snyder is a geotechnical professional for transportation, commercial, industrial and municipal projects throughout the upper Midwest including in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. He provides analyses and recommendations for shallow and deep foundation systems as well as landslide evaluation and remediation. Mr. Snyder has co-authored several papers on lateral loading behavior of driven pile foundations. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University.