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Presenter: Ibraheem Shunnar

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

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Part 1, Wednesday, August 12, 2020
11:00 am – 2:45 pm CDT (incl. 15-min. break)

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

Part 2, Thursday, August 13, 2020
11:00 am – 2:45 pm CDT (incl. 15-min. break)

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
   Repair techniques
      • Ground improvement
      • Underpinning
      • Soil tiebacks
      • Piers, piles

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers:
     7.0 PDHs

     7.0 HSW CE Hours
     7.0 AIA LU|HSW

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Continuing Education Credit Information

Individual courses for engineers and architects are not subject to pre-approval. HalfMoon Education does not apply for landscape courses in FL, NC, and NJ or land surveyor courses in FL, KS, NJ, TN and TX, unless expressly stated.

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Ibraheem Shunnar

Ibraheem Shunnar is Director of Engineering at The Mannik & Smith Group. He has more than 25 years of experience in geotechnical engineering with expertise in specialty foundations, ground improvement, slope stability, instrumentation and waste management. Mr. Shunnar has a master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Michigan and is a registered professional engineer. He is the author of many articles and papers on geotechnical engineering. He was the project manager for the Fairlane Green redevelopment project, winner of the 2008 National Phoenix Award. He is also the recipient of the distinguished achievement award from the University of Michigan.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

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: Shallow Foundation Design, Construction and Repair

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This seven-hour live lecture presentations 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.

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.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSW

Prerequisites: Experience with design and construction

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 02/24/2023

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.