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Presenter: Alan Tuck

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Knoxville, TN

Hyatt Place Knoxville Downtown
530 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone: 865-544-9977

This seminar is closed or full.


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, statement of special inspections

   History of IBC Code, BOCA Code and special inspections

   Role of special inspector, architect, engineer, building official

   Discussion of special Inspection paperwork and reports

   IBC reference documents - the SECRET of obtaining code compliance

Soil and Foundation Inspections

   Geotechnical Engineering 101

   Subsurface investigations

   Geotechnical and soils special inspections required by the IBC code

   Verifying soil bearing capacity in the field according to CODE (IBC)

Concrete Special Inspections – ACI 318

   Concrete placement, testing and special inspections

   Concrete reinforcement, anchor rods, post-installed concrete anchors

   Concrete mixtures – verifying approved concrete mix in the field

   Can mix water be added to truck during concrete discharge? NO!

   WHERE do you REALLY sample concrete according to the CODE?

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

   Masonry/mortar inspection and testing REQUIRED by the CODE

   Essential and non-essential structures – special inspections required

   Failing masonry sands and mortar strengths – WHAT TO DO

   Masonry fire ratings – pitfalls – what does the CODE actually require?

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

   Cold-formed steel and light-gauge steel – ANY DIFFERENCE?

Special Inspections for Sprayed Fire-Resistant Materials (SFRM)

   SFRM thickness tests - density tests - frequency required by CODE

   Bond strength – adhesion/cohesion tests – CODE mandates

   BIG special inspection changes SINCE 9-11 twin tower disasters

   Different types of SFRM materials

Glance Ahead at the NEXT IBC Code Cycle

   Significant and dramatic changes in the upcoming IBC Code cycle


   TMS 402-13/602-13 - big masonry code changes – What about ACI 530?

   SWEEPING steel code changes – AISC 360-10 Chapter N (new world)

   CODE requires ultrasonic (UT) testing of full pen welds for the first time

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs

     7.0 HSW CEHs
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

International Code Council
     .7 CEUs (Building)

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states, except Florida architects. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Tennessee.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved architect continuing education provider in New York. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Building.

This seminar offers a continuing education opportunity to contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing board for mandatory continuing education credit.

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


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.

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.