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Presenter: Michael Berry, P.E., C.B.O., C.W.I., M.S.I.

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Atlanta, GA

Hyatt House/Cobb Galleria
3595 Cumberland Blvd. SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 770-541-2960

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Introduction to Chapter 17: Special Inspections

   Overview of Chapter 17
   Responsibilities of owner, architect, inspector, and contractor
   Default values of each discipline
   Final letter of special inspections

Soils and Foundations

   Basics of a geotechnical report
   Alternative options other than undercutting
   Types and the need for soil testing
   Unsuitable vs. unusable
   Foundation testing for non-inspectors
   PSI vs. PSF
   Preliminary budget estimates for mass grading

Reinforced Concrete and Structural Steel

   Concrete breaks are low: what now?
   Air entrainment
   Basics of field inspections of reinforced steel and concrete
   What is a moment of connection and why is it important?
   Field inspections of bolted connections

ACT Ceiling Grid, Epoxy Anchors, and Fire Penetrations

   Acoustical ceiling tile: seismic category C vs. D
   Installation and inspection of ACT
   Field inspections of fire penetrations and joints
   Importance of cleanliness for installations of epoxy anchors
   Questions and discussion

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Building Inspectors

Professional Engineers
   6.0 PDHs

   6.0 Public Protection PDUs
   6.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

International Code Council
   .6 CEUs (Building)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.0 PDHs to Georgia professional engineers and 6.0 Public Protection PDUs to Georgia architects. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Georgia.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.0 HSW Learning Units (Provider No. J885).  Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

Architects and engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar.  HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.  HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved architect continuing education sponsor in New York.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .6 CEUs in the specialty area of Building.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not availableat the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Michael Berry, P.E., C.B.O., C.W.I., M.S.I.

Mr. Berry has over six years of experience working for third party testing and inspection firms and performs daily inspection and testing for local municipality jurisdictions, the South Carolina Office of School Facilities, and the South Carolina Office of the State Engineer. He specializes in performing International Building Code (IBC) Chapter 17 special inspections, earthwork and site work inspections and testing; assisting with mechanical, plumbing, building, and electrical inspections; and consulting and code interpretation of IBC, NFPA, AWS D1.1, ASME IX, and ASME B31.1. He is a registered South Carolina professional engineer; certified building official; master special inspector for reinforced concrete, structural masonry, SFRM, and high strength bolting; certified welding inspector (CWI); and commercial Chapter 1 inspector. Mr. Berry also has SCDOT Earthwork, Concrete, and HMA QC level 1, along with South Carolina CEPSCI and seven other Chapter 1 certifications. Currently he is a participant of the 2018 Special Inspections manual review and AWS Exam committee. He has been appointed to the Exam Development Committee for the soils special inspector exam for the term of January 1, 2017, to December 31, 2019. Mr. Berry is a board member of Central Building Inspectors Associations.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.