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Presenter: David Harmanos, P.E., LEED AP

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Richmond, VA

Hyatt Place Richmond/Arboretum
201 Arboretum Place
Richmond, VA 23236
Phone: 804-560-1566

This seminar is closed or full.


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 each: $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: Deep Foundations and Excavations

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 7.0 hour live lecture presentation examines soil mechanics, bearing capacity, earth retention, types of deep foundations, excavation safety, pile design, and installation and testing.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain the importance of understand soil characteristics of the soil on deep foundation sites, discuss earth pressure theory, and be able to identify and describe earth retention options when working with deep excavations.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify and describe types of deep foundations and hybrid foundations and their applications.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to comply with OSHA requirements for work safety during excavation and trenching and water management and egress practices.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss deep foundation pile design considerations, including determining effective stress , estimating axial capacity, skin friction from granular soils and cohesive soils, end bearing conditions, uplift and down drag, lateral resistance, and settlement computations.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with foundation design and construction.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 02/06/2022

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.