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Certification? Inspection? What’s the difference and why should you care?

Bobbi Marstellar, P.E.

 
....Special inspection is gaining momentum with building code officials especially as the International Building Code moves East. The special inspection requirements are outlined in IBC 2003 Section 1704. While special inspection is required per code, a steel inspector will likely not be required for most projects. Per 1704.2.1: The special inspector shall verify that the fabricator maintains detailed fabrication and quality control procedures that provide a basis for inspection control of the workmanship and the fabricator’s ability to conform to approved construction documents and referenced standards. Further, in Section 1704.2.2: Special inspections required by this code are not required where the work is done on the premises of a fabricator registered and approved to perform such work without special inspection. Approval shall be based upon review of the fabricator’s written procedural and quality control manuals and periodic auditing of fabrication practices by an approved special inspection agency. AISC Certified fabricators meet this requirement. When in doubt be sure to check with the local building authority before the permitting process for the project begins.


Regards, Harold Sprague


 

Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 08:51:04 -0800
From: dmorris(--nospam--at)bbfm.com
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
CC: fbraun(--nospam--at)bbfm.com
Subject: AISC certification

I am involved in a project where the steel fabricator is AISC certified for Standard Buildings.  The owner has hired an outside special inspector who will do the special inspection for the welding done in the field.  The special inspector believes that the full pen welds being done on this project in the shop also require special inspection by him.  Are the full pen welds being done in the shop require third party special inspection? I though the purpose of AISC certification was to improve the fabrication quality through adherence to AWS requirements and avoid the use of third part inspectors?  I have a call into AISC on this matter.


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