CME’s Christopher R. Paolini, P.E. presented a one hour professional development course on Shallow Foundation Construction at Engineers Week in Albany, NY in February. The presentation was attended by about 75 Design Professionals at “E Week”. The course covered an array of geotechnical topics and how they relate to the construction of shallow foundation systems, such as grading and soil improvement, excavations and underpinning, as well as dewatering and drainage. The course also touched on Chapter 17 and Chapter 18 of the New York State Building Code, entitled Structural Tests and Special Inspections, and Soils and Foundations, respectively.  The requirements in those Chapters of the New York State Building Code relate directly to shallow foundation construction. 

“It was a great Presentation!” – Professional Engineer of Ryan Biggs Associates, P.C.

CME Associates, Inc. (CME), a construction materials engineering testing corporation headquartered in Central Square, NY, is proud to announce the promotion of Mr. Christopher R. Paolini to Senior Vice President and Ms. Elizabeth A. Rotundo to Executive Vice President.

Christopher R. Paolini has been with CME since 1995. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Resource Engineering from SUNY ESF at Syracuse University in 1994 and is currently the President of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Central New York Chapter.

Elizabeth A. Rotundo has been with CME since 2009. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Technology Management from Clarkson University in 2009.

CME employs over 50 professionals in the Syracuse metro area and over 125 statewide.

CME’s Geotechnical Engineer, Navaratnam Anasthas (Anas), P.E. has been teaching continuing education courses through HalfMoon Education.

Anas’ one-hour Slope Stabilization Techniques course explores common types of earth slopes, slope failure risk assessment, and methods and analysis tools necessary to determine the driving and resisting forces acting on a potential slip plane (or slope).

During the Shallow Foundation Design course, Anas delves into a mix of foundation failures and how to avoid them through a complete analysis of Foundation Design. The goal of this course is to provide a means of transmitting the structural load to the structure’s underlying soils appropriately and without foundation failure or distress.

Anas has had great success in teaching these courses, with attendance anywhere from 35 to 85 people per class. These courses are very informative and provide continuing education credit hours for architects and professional engineers in New York.

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