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Presenter: Alan Tuck

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Seminar Location: Online

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Part 1, Wednesday August 19, 2020
9:00 am – 1:30 pm CDT

Overview of Special Inspections

   Defining Special Inspections
   History of IBC Code, BOCA Code and Special Inspections
   Role of special inspector, architect, engineer, building official  
   Anatomy of “Statement of Special Inspections”; Required Paperwork
   Referenced Codes and Referenced Standards – Problem Solvers

Soil and Foundation Inspections

   Geotechnical Engineering 101 – Does the CODE require Geo Report?
   Subsurface investigations – verifying bearing capacity in the field
   Soils Special Inspections Required by the CODE
   Does the Soils Special Inspector have to be present CONTINUOUSLY?

Concrete Special Inspections – ACI 318-14

   Breaking down Table 1705.3 – Special Inspections are COMPLICATED
   Concrete reinforcement, anchor rods, post-installed concrete anchors
   FIRST Concrete Code REORGANIZATION since 1971 (BIG CHANGES!)
   2 chapters of ACI 318-14 are the same – 25 chapters are DIFFERENT
   Concrete Mix Design and EXPOSURE class is a WHOLE NEW WORLD

Special Inspections for Sprayed Fire-Resistant Materials (SFRM)

   Thickness tests on SFRM – density tests - frequency  
   Bond strength – adhesion/cohesion tests – frequency
   What SPECIFIC special inspections are REQUIRED on SFRM
   Definition of High Rise Building – 150 PSF or 1,000 PSF bond strength

Part 2, Thursday, August 20, 2020
9:00 am – 12:15 pm CDT

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

   Masonry Quality Assurance Levels are Changing – What are they NOW
   All Masonry Specs Require ASTM C780 Testing – What Does This Mean
   CODE requires VERIFICATION of f’m PRIOR to construction – HOW?
   CODE requires Special Inspector to VERIFY submittals COMPLIANCE

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 (Decking)

(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

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Interior Designers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers:
     7.0 PDHs

     7.0 HSW CE Hours
     7.0 AIA LU|HSW

International Code Council:
     .7 CEUs (Building)

Continuing Education Credit Information

Individual courses for engineers and architects are not subject to pre-approval. HalfMoon Education does not apply for landscape courses in FL, NC, and NJ or land surveyor courses in FL, KS, NJ, TN and TX, unless expressly stated.

HalfMoon Education Certifying Entities
   American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (No. J885) International Code Council (No. 1232)
   Landscape Architect Continuing Education System
   American Institute of Certified Planners (APA)
   Boards of Engineering: Florida (No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland,
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   Course-by-Course Providers: Association of State Floodplain Managers

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for engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i) (2)). NY landscape architects: §79-1.5(i)(2).


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: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

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 Online

Course Description: This seven-hour live lecture presentation examines International Building Code compliance for the testing and inspection of materials and inspection of soil and foundations, concrete, masonry, structural steel construction, and sprayed fire-resistant materials.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain the purpose of special inspections under the International Building Code, detailing the roles of the special inspector, architect, engineer and building official in ensuring the quality of materials and the safety of building components as constructed.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify requirements for special inspections of soils and foundations, verifying bearing capacity of soils at the building site to ensure safety of building occupants.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to define requirements for structural steel construction inspections, verifying the safety and efficacy of welded and bolted connections between structural steel components.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to describe requirements for special inspections of sprayed fire-resistant materials to verify the thickness of the fire-resistant material, as well as the strength of the bond with the substrate, ensuring the efficacy of the fire-resistant materials as installed.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSW

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the IBC and code compliance

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 07/15/2022

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.