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Presenter: Sam Alyateem, PE and 1 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Atlanta, GA

Type: Downloadable MP3+PDF

Product Code: 16329

Product Number: 19 GASHLFDC 5 21 MPDF

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Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 5:00 pm

Evaluating Building Sites

   Soil mechanics overview
   Site exploration
   Subsurface exploration
   Laboratory soil testing
   Design soil profile

Allowable Settlement and Consolidation

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

Shallow Foundation Design

   Spread footings
   Mat foundations
   Monolithic foundations
   Hybrid/intermediate foundations
      • Helical piers
      • Aggregate rammed piers (vibro-piers/geopiers)

Shallow Foundation Construction

   Grading and soil improvement
   Dewatering and drainage
   Excavation and underpinning
   Complying with building codes
   Basements as foundations

IBC Special Inspection and Quality Control

   International Building Code “Chapter 17”
   Geotechnical specifications and quality control
   Testing, reporting, and certification

Case Studies

   Design and construction challenges
   Soil stabilization with lime or cement
   Soil improvement with aggregate rammed piers
   Foundation stabilization vs intermediate foundations


Sam Alyateem, PE

Founding member of Matrix Engineering Group, Inc.

Mr. Alyateem is a registered civil engineer and a founding member of Matrix Engineering Group, Inc., Philadelphia Post Tensioning, LLC, and LGC Grading & Construction, Inc. He has over 34 years of experience in engineering and construction fields. Mr. Alyateem received his bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and master of science degree in Geotechnical Engineering from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Mr. Alyateem is a registered professional engineer in the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi. He served on the 2012 SEAOG/ACEC Special Inspections Committee commissioned to review and update of Georgia 2012 Amendments to the International Building Code, as well as on the DeKalb County permitting improvement process committee. He has SBCCI building inspector certification, ICC residential building inspector certification and Level II certified design professional – GSWCC. He has authored and co-authored several technical engineering publications in the geotechnical field. Mr. Alyateem worked on several large projects in the Southeast including large commercial and institutional facilities, airports, water and wastewater treatment plants, land developments, tunnels, and high-rise structures. Most notable projects include Atlanta Hartsfield Airport expansion projects, most of the Atlanta Olympic projects, and several MARTA expansion projects including underground structures, buildings, and aerial structures.

Amin A. Tomeh, P.E, PMP, D.GE

Principal, Matrix Engineering Group, Inc.

Mr. Tomeh is a principal and co-founder of Matrix Engineering Group, an award-winning consultancy group, based in Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, construction materials testing, special inspections and geophysical surveys. He is a registered professional engineer and a certified project management professional. Mr. Tomeh has pioneered several systems and work flow processes as they relate to ICC special inspections and construction materials testing; and he has innovated the use of geophysics (refraction and multi-channel analysis of surface waves) to non-invasively enhance and supplement the traditional geotechnical characterization of sites and important structures. He is an adjunct professor at Southern Polytechnic State University Department of Construction Management and serves on the Commercial Construction Management Advisory Board at Gwinnett Technical College. Mr. Tomeh is a voting member in ASTM Committee D18 and is a member of the American Concrete Institute. He earned his bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and his master of science degree in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Tomeh was accepted in 2015 into the Academy of Geo-Professionals (AGP), as a diplomate, geotechnical engineering (D.GE). Considered one of the highest designations in the geo-profession, only about 300 engineers have achieved the D.GE status.