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Day One: Wednesday, July 13, 2022
12:00 – 4:00 pm CDT (including a 30-min. break)
Day Two: Thursday, July 14, 2022
12:00 – 4:00 pm CDT (including a 30-min. break)


Presented by
Alan S. Tuck

Agenda Day One
Overview of Special Inspections
Definition of special inspections and brief history of special inspections
Precedence of statewide code, IBC code, reference codes and standards
Roles of special inspector, architect, engineer, building official and contractor
Statement of special inspections – what’s the real purpose of this document?

Soil, Foundation and Geotechnical Investigations 101
Geo investigation required by code
Understanding the geo report
Code required special inspections
Code required laboratory tests
Verifying soil bearing capacity
Types of foundations
Periodic and continuous field tests
Role of engineer of record (EOR)

Concrete Special Inspections and the NEW Concrete Code
First concrete code reorganization in 50 years – lots of changes
What testing and special inspections does the Code require
Concrete mix designs – how do you know they comply with new Code?
Important role of ACI 318 (code) and ACI 301 (specs) at the job site
Reinforcing steel

Structural Steel Special Inspections
Shop fabrication tests/inspection
WPS and WPQR finally explained
AISC 360 Chapter N (Quality Assurance)
Types of bolted connections
AISI S240 New Cold-Formed Steel Code
AWS D1.1 Special Inspections
What does AISC special inspections terms “observe” and “perform” really mean?


Agenda Day Two
Masonry Special Inspections
Submittal process and code required mock-up panel testing
Level A, B, C Special Inspections or Level 1, 2, 3 – what’s the difference?
Understanding ASTM C 270 and ASTM C 780 – mortar confusion goes away
Constant failing masonry sands and mortar tests – does the Code really care?
Code required special inspections on mortar and concrete masonry units (CMU)

Sprayed Fire-Resistant Materials (SFRM)
Frequency of thickness tests and density tests according to the Code
Bond strengths – adhesion/cohesion
SFRM special inspections on high-rise buildings
When does the Code allow SFRM to be applied onto painted steel
SFRM code changes due to NIST investigations on 9-11 collapse studies

Overview of Latest IBC Codes and IBC Reference Standards
What is the order of precedence when the statewide code conflicts with IBC code?
Pre-engineered metal building conundrum – AC 472 Accreditation Program
Brand new AISI S 240 cold-formed steel light-frame construction
Six new steel codes including AISC 360-16, AWS D1.1 and RCSC (bolts)
One new masonry table and three old special inspection tables combined into just one


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Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs

7.0 HSW CE Hours

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 licensed architects in all states.

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) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York 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)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

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

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).


Alan S. Tuck

Executive Director of Code Compliance and Training with 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 1990’s, he published a 47 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.

Mr. Tuck 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 1990’s, 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, construction professionals as well as 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 the various building code changes throughout the 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), ACI 530 (masonry), in addition to the latest revisions of the International Building Code (IBC) and statewide codes within F&R’s geographical region.

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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 ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

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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 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: 05/02/2025

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