Special Inspections under the International Building Code Chapter 17
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Monday, November 29, 2021|10:00 am – 2:30 pm CST (incl. two 15-min breaks)
Tuesday, November 30, 2021|10:00 am – 1:15 pm CST (incl. a 15-min break)
Alan S. Tuck
Agenda Day One
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
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!)
Two 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
Agenda Day Two
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)
Glance Ahead – Next IBC Code Cycle (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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.7 CEUs (Building)
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Special Inspections under the International Building Code Chapter 17
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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.
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 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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Course Title: Special Inspections under the International Building Code Chapter 17
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: Experience with construction materials, construction techniques, and code compliance
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to define what constitutes a Special Inspection, and describe the roles of the Special Inspector, Architect, Engineer, Building Official and Contractor in the inspection process.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to explain what is required when the code mandates special inspections, lab tests and field tests for soil, foundations and other geotechnical elements.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to describe code requirements and participate in the inspection process for concrete, structural steel, masonry and sprayed fire-resistant materials.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to determine the order of precedence when state codes conflicts with the IBC code and local jurisdictions.
LUs: 7 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Experience with construction materials, construction techniques, and code compliance
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 06/23/2024
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