HalfMoon Education Inc. Knowledge Gets You There

Back to Search

Presenter: Alan S. Tuck

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Charleston, WV

Four Points by Sheraton Charleston
600 Kanawha Blvd. East
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-344-4092

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
   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 a 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 gauge 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
   A 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 pass?

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
Professional Engineers

   7.0 PDHs


   7.0 Continuing Ed. Hours (HSW)
   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 (Public Protection) continuing education hours to architects in West Virginia. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in West Virginia.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Full attendance is required to report LUs to the AIA/CES.

Architects and professional engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

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

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been reviewed by any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education purposes.

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 S. Tuck

Executive Director, Code Compliance and Training at Froehling & Robertson, Inc.

Mr. Tuck has more than 50 years of experience in the materials testing and construction inspection industry. He has been a code influencer. In the early 1990s, he published a47-page Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) monograph entitled “BOCA Special Inspection Services” as a learning and teaching tool for testing agencies, architects, engineers, municipalities, and building officials, etc. This document became the foundation for the original Chesterfield County, Virginia, special inspection program which today is known to be one of the best special inspection programs in the region. This CSI monograph impacted and assisted the development of special inspection programs of many other Virginia jurisdictions during the early days of BOCA and IBC. Today, Mr. Tuck is the building code “go to” guy when architects, engineers, contractors and building officials across the Mid-Atlantic have special inspection questions about their ongoing projects.

He started his career with Froehling & Robertson 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 was designated as the company-wide manager of construction materials testing services, working in F&R’s Richmond headquarters. In the late 1990s, Mr. Tuck took on company business development. His success in this realm led to Mr. Tuck being elevated to the role of vice president of business development. His responsibilities in this role included hiring, training, and supervising business development managers throughout the company’s Mid-Atlantic footprint. F&R was established in 1881 and is one of the oldest consulting engineering firms and testing agencies in the United States.

Mr. Tuck developed training courses related to special inspection requirements of the International Building Code (IBC) and the various statewide building codes in jurisdictions where F&R maintains operations, including Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia and the Carolinas. He cultivated and expanded inter-company special inspections code training courses for F&R’s technicians, special inspectors and engineers. These technical code training courses formed the basis of F&R’s “Continuing Education Program” and “Lunch & Learn Series” which are comprised of building code training courses regarding soils, geotechnical engineering, concrete, masonry, sprayed fire-resistant materials, structural steel and many other disciplines. These courses are now offered to the entire Mid-Atlantic community of architects, engineers, and construction professionals as well as to associations, municipalities, school systems and a host of other market sectors. As F&R’s very first executive director of code compliance and training, Mr. Tuck has provided special inspections training and code training to hundreds of firms and thousands of professionals over the past decade and has dedicated this phase of his professional career to the study and instruction of various building code changes throughout different code cycles. He also is well versed in the major code changes of the “enforcer” codes such as AWS (welding), AISC (steel), ACI 318 (concrete), and ACI 530 (masonry), in addition to the latest revisions of the International Building Code (IBC) and statewide codes within F&R’s geographical region.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

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