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- From: "Sandy Pringle" <sandyp(--nospam--at)beachnet.com>
- Date: Wed, 23 Oct 1996 19:21:31 -0600
I also sent this just before the bomb hit....so here it is again... At 02:11 PM 10/3/96 -0700, Dennis Wish wrote: >A new plan check correction is popping up lately that I am unfamiliar with. >It refers to section 106.3.5 of the 1994 UBC (Book 1 - which I don't own) >which states: 106.3.5 Inspection and observation program. Some comments on this posting: It was a pretty accurate quote, but you ommitted in the text that "the names of the individuals or firms who are to perform the special inspections" are to be included in the Inspection Program although you did mention it in passing later in your posting. In fact, that issue was part of efforts to get the contractor out of the loop, at least as far as hiring the Inspector goes. As an aside, I understand the city of Phoenix requires the Engineer of Record to supply the Special Inspection and Materials Testing through his contract. That determines for SURE that the Engineer is kept current with the problems incurred and the solutions developed. As you know, the majority of my company's work comes through the Engineering community which really makes things a lot neater, simpler and easier to stay focused on the pertinent issues. >A new plan check correction is popping up lately that I am unfamiliar with. >It refers to section 106.3.5 of the 1994 UBC (Book 1 - which I don't own) >which states: >"106.3.5 Inspection and observation program. When special inspection is >>observation is to occur. >The inspection program shall include samples of inspection reports and >provide time limits for submission of reports." I believe that ICBO, in its' booklet on the Model Special Inspection Program, has included some sample forms. Tom Harris is probably the guy to talk to, however as regards Structural Observation AND Special Inspection. >This is a very generalized provision that is difficult to predict. Does >anyone have a standard format for issuing an inspection program to the >building official? >It does not seem difficult to indicate which deputy inspection service is >to be used, but how does the engineer know when the inspection is to be >done - i.e., is this a date, or a stage of construction? Can the program >dictate that the contract shall call for this inspection at the time he is >ready to begin the work - as long as the engineer, architect or owner >chooses the inspection service? I believe that the phases of construction are what is referenced. The Structural Observer is required to set a pre-job on site meeting with all members of the Construction Team; the Engineer, Contractor, Special Inspector(s) and, if available, the Municipal Inspector. It's a little nebulous as to who does the notifying, so that is one of the issues that the pre-job meeting should resolve as well as the establishment of the definition of the phases of construction. We can't tell the Contractor how to shcedule his work without encountering some responsibility for the completed product, timewise or qualitywise, but he is the only one who really knows when (in time and construction phase) he will need to notify the Inspection Agency of his needs for Special Inspection. Again, this is an issue clarified and decided at the pre-job meeting so to make as sure as possible that work is proceeding within the required quality control and quality assurance parameters. >Other than structural foundation steel placement, shear walls (anchor >bolts, holddowns, and plywood nailing) and load transfers from the >diaphragm to the shear element, what other observations are to be indicated >in this program? What a great lead-in, Dennis, for the SEAOSC Inspection Practices Committes's upcoming sequel to the resoundingly successful ENGINEERING & INSPECTION '95, "Lessons Learned From Northrige" on March 11 '95 at the Unocal Auditorium. Sold out, over 500 Engineers and Inspectors met and further opened areas of dialogue. The upcoming seminar on February 22, 1997 is ENGINEERING & INSPECTION '97, "The Structural Observer and the Inspector". We belive this will help to explain confusing issues and further clarify the roles of each. In fact, this examination has already uncovered deliberate areas of duplication of efforts and justified them. Who is looking at what and when to proceed ahead, how do we communicate? How does one member of the Team know what the other members have done? What is the paper trail? None of us is involved in only one job at a time; record keeping needs to meet the necessary without overworking the copy machine in snowstorm of paperwork which may not even get read! This examination will allow all of us to benefit from the combined experiences. The format is to address each of 4 disciplines, Wood Framing, Structural Steel, Masonry, and Concrete, defined even further as New Construction and Existing Buildings (retro-fit, remodels etc.) We have an Engineer and at least one Inspector (Municipal and/or Special/Deputy) to address each of these definitions within each discipline. An overview, visual aids, lunch (nothing fancy, sandwiches and soda), a trade show in which Industry gets to show off their wares. We have been working on this for 4 months. Flyers are being developed and we are exploring ways to ensure that as many as possible are given the opportunity to take advantage of this program and would appreciate any promotional ideas or groups to be included in the mailing. Sandy Pringle sandyp(--nospam--at)beachnet.com http://www.beachnet.com/~sandyp/index.htm ...
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