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Presented by
David Harmanos

Complying with Codes and Standards for Shallow Foundations
West Virginia statewide building code and residential code requirements
• Structural requirements and requirements for concrete and steel reinforcement

Evaluating Building Sites
Soil mechanics overview
Site exploration
Subsurface exploration
Laboratory soil testing
Design soil profile

Shallow Foundation Design
Using spread footings
Using mat foundations
Using hybrid foundations
Using slab foundations

Allowable Settlement and Consolidation
Determining bearing capacity
Understanding consolidation and settlement
Effects of load types and soil types
Increasing bearing capacity

Shallow Foundation Construction
Grading and soil improvement
Dewatering and drainage
Excavation and underpinning
Complying with building codes

Basements as Foundations
Construction of footings, floor and walls
Drainage considerations

Handling Special Considerations in Foundation Design
Foundations on stratified soils
Foundations on expansive soils
Foundations on reinforced soils
Foundations on slopes

Diagnosing and Repairing Foundation Problems
Causes of foundation damage in West Virginia
Repair techniques
Ground improvement
Soil tiebacks
Piers, piles


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Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs

Architects     (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar)
7.0 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council
.7 CEUs (Sitework)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and
7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects in West Virginia.

Engineers and architects seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this webinar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Sitework (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


David Harmanos

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.

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 ( 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: West Virginia Shallow Foundation Design, Construction & Repair

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines building site evaluations, shallow foundation design, soil settlement and consolidation, shallow foundation construction, basements as foundations, special considerations in foundation design, and diagnosing and repairing foundation problems. The course also looks at West Virginia building code provisions on shallow foundations, special inspection requirements, and best practices.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain the importance of conducting a a site evaluation, including subsurface exploration, laboratory soil testing, and design soil profiles, prior to designing and constructing a shallow foundation.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to select appropriate shallow foundation type and design based on site evaluations and foundation function, including mat foundations, hybrid foundation or slab foundations.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to assess the expected load types on a foundation to determine its bearing capacity and recommend strategies to increase bearing capacity, if needed.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to identify shallow foundation construction processes of grading and soil improvement, de-watering and drainage, excavating and underpinning, and building code compliance.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to handle special considerations that may be encountered in foundation design, including the presence of stratified soils, expansive soils, reinforced soils, and slopes.

Learning Objective 6:
Learners will be able to determine causes of foundation damage and appropriate repair techniques.

Learning Objective 7:
Learners will be able to reference West Virginia building code provisions on shallow foundations and special inspection requirements.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with design and construction

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 12/08/2024

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to 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.