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Presenter: Chris Zamaites, P.E., CFM, CPESC, ENV SP

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Grand Rapids, MI

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown
11 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-242-6000

This seminar is closed or full.


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

Accommodating Multiple Purposes of Site Engineering

   Site engineering for built elements
   Sustainability goals: minimizing disturbance and preserving natural features
   Jurisdictional permitting - reviewing state and local regulations
   Stormwater management
   Slope stabilization
   Landscape aesthetics

Watershed, Topography, and Impact of Soils and Landforms

   Understanding the watershed
   Considering site topography: high points, low points and plane surfaces
   Understanding the role of soils
   Soil characteristics, classification and engineering properties
   Identifying the underlying geological conditions

Site Plans

   Site plan contents
   Soil investigations and considerations
   Surface water and groundwater considerations
   Excavation specifications and hauling
   Construction grade staking

Site Grading

   Grading slope and your site
   Drainage systems, siting considerations and their impacts
   Grading for retaining walls
   Grading for roads, sidewalks and paths
   Grading for stairs and ramps

Site Engineering and Stormwater Management and Erosion Control

   National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and
   Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans
   Reviewing state and local regulations
   Sediment traps and basins
   Buffer zones

Earthwork Safety

   Weight of soil and excavation hazards 
   Underground installations
   Water accumulation

Site Program Management

   Initiation, planning, execution and closure
   Program governance
   Quality control

Case Study: Applying Science and Technology to a Site Engineering Problem

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Landscape Architects
  • Floodplain Managers

Professional Engineers
     7.0 Continuing Ed. Hours

Floodplain Managers
     7.0 ASFPM CECs

Landscape Architects &
     7.0 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     7.0 LA CES HSW PDHs
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 continuing education hours/PDHs to professional engineers, 7.0 CECs to certified floodplain managers, and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to landscape architects and architects in most states, including Michigan architects and engineers. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Michigan.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education an approved Florida architect continuing education provider.

This course has been approved by the American Institute of Architects for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Provider No. J885) and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 7.0 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance can be reported to LA/CES and AIA/CES.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this activity for 7.0 CECs.

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any contractor licensing entity with a continuing education requirement.

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.


Chris Zamaites, P.E., CFM, CPESC, ENV SP

Civil Engineer at Burns & McDonnell

Ms. Zamaites is a senior civil engineer with Burns & McDonnell in Chicago. She has 28 years of experience with planning and design covering municipal infrastructure and commercial, residential, and recreational development; along with planned community design. Ms. Zamaites’ experience includes utility design/relocation for water transmission and distribution systems, sewage collection, and stormwater management systems including that for arterial, collector and local street systems. She works on floodplain evaluation and management, utility relocation, hydrology and hydraulics, earthen dam inspections, stream modeling with scour countermeasures, erosion and sediment control, and meeting all regulatory criteria associated with local planning and zoning ordinances, stormwater ordinances, and other applicable regulatory criteria from local to the federal level. Ms. Zamaites’ hydrologic and hydraulic modeling experience includes HEC 1, HEC 2, WSP2, WSPRO, WIN TR-20, TR 55, SWMM, HEC-RAS, HydroCAD, SewerCAD, StormCAD, Culvert Master, and Flow Master.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.

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 (cesupport@aia.org 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: Practical Site Engineering: Science and Techniques

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 7.0 hour live lecture presentation examines the multiple purposes of site engineering, watershed, topography and the impact of soils and landforms, site plans, site grading, stormwater management and erosion control, earthwork safety, and site program management.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to consider the site watershed, topography, soil conditions, and landforms when evaluating potential development efforts.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify the contents of site plans and explain why site investigations and surface and groundwater must be considered when drawing up plans.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe site grading techniques to accompany retaining walls, roads, sidewalks, paths, stairs and ramps, and to provide proper drainage.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to reference national, state, and local regulations for stormwater management requirements and be able to describe common best management practices.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs 

Prerequisites: Experience with site planning and evaluation.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 05/06/2022

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org 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.