HalfMoon Education Inc. Knowledge Gets You There

Presenter: Alan Tuck

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Norfolk, VA

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 16206

Product Number: 9 VASIUIBC 8 20 CDMN JB

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This audio recording is approximately 7 hours in length and is available for $289 (including shipping). Please refer to specific state licensing rules or certification requirements to determine if this learning method is eligible for continuing education credit.

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Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:45 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:45 - 1:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:45 - 5:00 pm

Overview of Special Inspections

   Defining special inspections 
   History of IBC code, BOCA code and special inspections 
   Role of special inspector, architect, engineer, building official 
   Statement of special inspections; other reports & paperwork
   IBC 2015 – big changes in reference codes and standards

Soil and Foundation Inspections

   Geotechnical engineering 101 – does the code require Geo report? 
   Subsurface investigations – verifying bearing capacity in the field
   Geotechnical and soils special inspections required by the code 
   Soil testing & inspection in the field and lab according to the code

Concrete Special Inspections – ACI 318-14

   Concrete placement, testing and special inspections 
   Concrete reinforcement, anchor rods, post-installed concrete anchors 
   First concrete code reorganization since 1971 (big changes!) 
   Periodic and continuous inspections according to the code 
   Where and when you sample concrete according to the code

Masonry Special Inspections - ACI 530, ACI 530.1, TMS 402, TMS 602

   Submittal process and preconstruction mock-up panels 
   Inspection requirements – essential and non-essential structures 
   Failing masonry sands and mortar strengths – WHAT TO DO 
   ASTM C 270 and ASTM C 780 – finally an answer to the confusion

Structural Steel Construction – Special Inspections

   Reference codes – AISC 360, AWS, RCSC, SJI, SDI 
   Welding code and special inspections 
   Bolted connections and special inspections 
   Types of bolted connections: snug-tight, pretensioned, slip-critical 
   Special inspections of cold-formed steel (light gage steel)

Special Inspections for Sprayed Fire-Resistant Materials (SFRM)

   Thickness tests on SFRM – density tests - frequency 
   Bond strength – adhesion/cohesion tests – frequency 
   Condition of the Substrates before and after SFRM installation 
   Definition of high rise building – 150 PSF or 1,000 PSF bond strength

(Other Things that you may not know)

   New updated wind speed maps and seismic maps in chapter 16 
   New structural observations required for high rise or risk category IV
   Does the code require special inspections on steel stairs and railing? 
   Reduced web thicknesses in masonry units according to ASTM C 90 
   Metal buildings – full pen welds must be ultrasonically tested in shop 
   Is the proof rolling of site soils mandated by the IBC Code 
   When does failing masonry mortar really pas


Alan Tuck

Executive Director, Code Compliance and Training, Froehling & Robertson, Inc (F&R)

Mr. Tuck has more than 50 years of experience in the materials testing and construction inspection industry. He started his career with F&R in 1964 as a materials technician and fulfilled many duties including senior field technician, radiographic assistant, drill rig operator, laboratory technician, and structural steel inspector, quickly being promoted to Branch Manager of the Roanoke office in 1966. Over the next few decades, Mr. Tuck also managed F&R’s operations in Norfolk, Lynchburg and Chesapeake, Virginia. During this time, he demonstrated his increasing knowledge, skill, and value to the corporate office and was designated as the company-wide Manager of Construction Materials Testing Services, working in F&R’s Richmond headquarters. In the late 1990’s, Mr. Tuck elected to utilize his considerable experience in operations management and take on company Business Development. His overwhelming success in this realm led to Mr. Tuck being elevated to the role of Vice President of Business Development, reporting directly to F&R’s CEO. His responsibilities in this role included hiring, training, and supervising business development managers throughout the company’s Mid-Atlantic footprint.