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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, 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

In-Depth Review of Significant Changes in the
New Concrete and Masonry Codes

   ACI 318-14 is first concrete code REORGANIZATION in 50 years
   TMS 402-13 and TMS 602-13 brings BIG masonry code changes – What about ACI 530?
   Only 2 chapters of ACI 318-14 are the same as previous masonry codes –
      What about the other 25 chapters?
   Adhesive concrete anchor CONFUSION! ACI 318-14 and ACI 355.4-11 verbiage
      that CLEARS everything UP
   Should the contractor be expected to interpret and understand the CODE?
   The answer may surprise you

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     7.0 Continuing Ed. Hours

     7.0 Continuing Ed. Hours (HSW)
     7.0 AIA LU|HSW

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 (HSW) continuing education hours to architects and 7.0 continuing education hours to engineers in most states, including Virginia. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Virginia.

This event has been approved by the American Institute of Architects for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA.

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

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

This seminar offers a continuing education opportunity to construction contractors but has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire program. 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: $269.00

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

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.


Course Title: Special Inspections Under the International Building Code Chapter 17

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This is a 7.0 hour live lecture presentation with the instructors and students together in the same room. It will be conducted in a handicap-accessible conference room with ample seating space and writing surface for all attendees. Bound written materials, authored by the faculty, will be distributed to all participants at the program. Attendance will be monitored and reported to AIA/CES. This course covers structural steel construction, concrete, masonry, soil and foundation, and sprayed fire-resistant materials special inspections.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to comply with code requirements for concrete placement and testing, concrete reinforcement and anchors, concrete mixing and field testing.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to comply with code requirements for sprayed fire resistant materials, including material thickness, adhesion and cohesion, exterior insulation and finish systems, and wind and seismic resistance.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to comply with code requirements for soil and foundations, and be able to verify soil bear capacity in the field according to IBC.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to comply with code requirements for structural steel construction, including welding and bolted connections.

LUs: 7.0                                                                  LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with building codes.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 03/08/2020


Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost, or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.