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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 - 5:00 pm

Soil Mechanics, Bearing Capacity, and Earth Retention

   Understanding soil characteristics
   Basic earth pressure theory
   Bracing systems
   Tieback anchors
   Soil nail walls
   Sheet pile and soldier pile walls
   Secant pile and diaphragm walls
   Top-down excavations
   Using cofferdams

Reviewing Deep Foundation Types

   Types of deep foundations
      • Driven piles
      • Drilled shafts
      • Auger cast piles
      • Others 
   Hybrid foundations
      • Grouping piles
      • Selecting foundation type:  
        life expectancy, cost, soil conditions

Excavation Safety

   OSHA requirements
   Water management

Pile Design

   Effective stress
   Estimating axial capacity
   Skin friction 
      • Granular soils and cohesive soils
   End bearing
      • Soil and rock
   Uplift capacity
   Down drag
   Moment resistance 
   Computing settlement
   Lateral capacity design
   Battered piles

Installation and Testing

   Construction preparation
   Construction techniques
   Quality assurance/quality control
   Field records
   Pile testing
      • Load test, PDA, CAP/WAP, PIT/PET

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     7.0 Continuing Ed. Hours

     7.0 Continuing Ed. Hours (HSW)
     7.0 AIA LU|HSW

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 continuing education hours to professional engineers and architects (HSW) in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Virginia.

This event has been approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA information under this course listing.

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 is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects.

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors; it has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education purposes.

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., LEED AP

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.

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.