Special Inspections Learning Event

Special Inspections

Under the 2015 International Building Code

In Accordance with Chapter 17

CSI Blue Ridge Chapter is pleased to provide an in-depth training session addressing Special Inspections.  Designed for architects, engineers, general contractors and other construction professionals, this educational seminar is a deep dive into IBC 2015 presented by leading experts in inspections of various disciplines of soils, concrete, masonry,  structural steel and more.  Lunch and reference materials are included in the tuition fee.


Roanoke Higher Education Center (Across from the Hotel Roanoke)

108 N. Jefferson Street

Roanoke, Virginia 24016


Lunch is included. 

Pay by cash or check at the door

CSI Members    $75

Non-Members  $130

Download a full overview and agenda.

Learning Objectives

  • Virginia just adopted a NEW statewide code – learn all of the new special inspections approaches.
  • The FIRST concrete code reorganization in 46 years – review the dramatic changes.
  • The new masonry code has undergone the FIRST expansion in over 40 years – we’ll examine the new chapters.
  • Explore which projects now require 100% ultrasonic testing on full penetration welds.
  • Chapter 16 Risk Category III verbiage has changed with regard to school projects...learn about the new modifications.
  • Dig into the real facts about CMU and mortar testing and learn how to do the special inspections that yield VALID and CORRECT test results.
  • Find out when the Code requires structural steel fabrication shop inspection.
  • Discover the new method of approving concrete mix proportions according to ACI 301.
  • Uncover some soil special inspections required by IBC 2015 that you may not even know about.


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Meet the Presenters

Alan S. Tuck

Executive Director, Code Compliance and Training

Froehling & Robertson, Inc.

Alan Tuck has more than 50 years of experience in the materials testing and construction inspection industry. A true “Code Influencer”, 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, 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.

After a five decade career spent mostly at F&R beginning as a materials testing technician and encompassing everything from drill rig operator, radiographer, engineering branch manager, and VP of Business Development, Mr. Tuck has truly done it all in this business. This vast experience has enabled him to dedicate the latest phase of his professional career to the study and instruction of various building code changes throughout the constant evolution of code cycles. Today, Alan 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.


William Gaspar, PE

Structural Engineer/Senior Associate

Moseley Architects

Mr. Gaspar is a 1990 graduate of Virginia Military Institute, is a veteran and has more than 20 years of professional engineering experience in the areas of providing engineering special inspections in the field and laboratory as well as teaching and training special inspections as required by the International Building Code (IBC) and various Statewide Building Codes. Mr. Gaspar has served on ACI Committee 130 – Sustainability of Concrete, ICRI Committee 150, Design Guide for ACI 562 and is an instructor for Masonry Design and Practices and the ACI Adhesive Anchor Installer Certification Program. He is also President of the Montpelier Center for Arts and Education and is a past President for the Virginia ACI Chapter.

Currently, Mr. Gaspar is a Structural Engineer and Senior Associate for Moseley Architects in Richmond, VA. Some of his duties include design, design review and structural construction administration. He spends the majority of his time in the field ensuring contract document compliance and building code compliance on new construction projects in Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, and North Carolina. Mr. Gaspar is involved with all disciplines but most of his field duties are related to special inspection code compliance in soils, foundations, concrete, masonry and structural framing.


Brett D. Clarke, CWI

Director of Metals Services/Special Inspector

Froehling & Robertson, Inc.

Mr. Clarke has more than 35 years of experience in shop and field metals inspection services, welder qualifications and laboratory and field nondestructive (NDT) procedures. He is familiar with ASTM, AASHTO, VDOT, AWS and AISC sampling and testing procedures as applicable in the field and laboratory. He has broad experience in Metals/NDT special inspection and testing which includes performing inspection/testing duties related to structural steel fabrication, construction and erection. He has performed AWS/CWI special inspections on mid to high-rise and DOT bridges both in the fabrication shop and during field construction phases. Mr. Clarke is ACCP certified in Level II in Dye Penetrant, Magnetic Particle Testing, Radiographic Testing and Ultrasonic Testing. He has achieved ASNT Level III in Radiographic Testing and Ultrasonic Testing. Mr. Clarke is a VDOT certified Radiographer and Ultrasonic Inspector, and is certified by ICC as a Welding Special Inspector and Structural Steel and Bolting Inspector. Mr. Clarke has performed special inspections, supervised teams of special inspectors, and has trained dozens of special inspectors during his career as a Certified Welding Inspector.