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Presenter: Rick Foster, CBO, CFM

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

This seminar is closed or full.


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Webinar instructions will be emailed before the date of the webinar.
Log into Webinar:                8:00 - 8:30 am CDT
Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:30 pm CDT
Break:                                 12:30 - 1:30 pm CDT
Afternoon Session:             1:30 - 4:20 pm CDT

Overview of Special Inspections

   General program guidelines
   Special inspector qualifications
   Testing and inspection agency accreditation
   Forms, schedules and agreements
   Pre-construction meeting
   Report distribution

Soil and Foundation Inspections

   Existing soil conditions
   Site preparation
   Shallow foundations
   Deep foundations

Concrete and Masonry Construction Inspections

   Concrete reinforcement, placement, testing and inspection
   Curing concrete, hot- and cold-weather concrete
   Prestressed and precast concrete
   Masonry inspection frequency and material test methods
   Mortar, grout, unit placement and reinforcement

Steel Inspections

   Shop fabrication
   Bolted connections
   Pre-engineered metal buildings

Wood, Cold-Formed Steel, Wind and Seismic Design

   AWC and AISI publication references in Code
   Wood and CFS material standards, fasteners and connections
   Lateral framing inspection practices
   Seismic resistance/isolation systems

Exterior Insulation/Finishes and Fire Resistance/Smoke Control

   Exterior insulation and finish systems
   Fire resistant materials and sprayed fire-resistive material
   Smoke control

Material Standards and Load Tests

   Design strength of materials and alternative test procedures
   In-situ load tests
   Pre-construction load tests

Ethics, Non-Conformances and Final Reports

   Inspector authority, conflicts and “soft skills”
   Discrepancy documentation, tracking and resolution
   Final report, required documentation and distribution

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

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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

This webinar 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.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this event for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). The Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners accepts programs approved by the American Institute of Architects. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete course information under this seminar listing. Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is a Florida-approved continuing education provider for engineers licensed in Florida, allowing them to claim 7.0 continuing education hours. With the AIA/CES course approval, Florida architects can also claim 7.0 continuing education (HSW) hours for completing this seminar.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (S-0130), and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .7 CEUs in the specialty are of Building (HalfMoon Education Preferred Provider No. 1232).

This course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity for construction contractors. It is not approved in any state with a contractor continuing education requirement.

Attendance will be monitored and completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Rick Foster, CBO, CFM

Building Official for the City of Denham Springs, LA

For the past 11 years, Mr. Foster has served as director of the Office of Planning and Development for the City of Denham Springs in Louisiana. Some of his duties include building official, floodplain administrator, stormwater inspector and code enforcement and he holds certifications for all. He was appointed to this position the same day Hurricane Gustav made landfall, September 1, 2008. Mr. Foster currently serves on the board and is a past-president of the Building Officials Association of Louisiana. He has also served on the Louisiana Floodplain Management Association board. Mr. Foster comes from the private sector where he most recently held the position of director for a local facilities management firm. In August 2016, the City of Denham Springs experienced an unprecedented 1000-year flood where over three thousand of its four thousand structures were flooded. Through hard work, help from countless public and non-public entities, a community full of residents and business owners determined to come back, and the grace of God, Denham Springs is once again a thriving city. Many successful policies and procedures were developed and refined during the recovery response, enabling thousands of homeowners to either repair, elevate, or demolish their structures. Through detailed management of the process, many were able to qualify for grants to cover those costs.

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|HSWs.

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.