In May 2016, Froehling and Robertson, Inc. (F&R) distributed the first edition of “Speaking in Code” (SIC). It’s hard to believe, but “Speaking in Code” is six years old this month! SIC has grown to be one of the most popular digital publications read by architects, engineers, contractors, facility directors, and building officials across the U.S. Since its inception, SIC has answered special inspection and construction code questions from thousands of readers from nearly every state.

That first article in 2016 was about structural steel bolted connections. The use of two separate editions of the Research Council for Structural Connections (RCSC) code by various jurisdictions required two definitions of the “snug-tight” condition of bolted connections, and SIC covered both. Since that date, the RCSC rescinded the RCSC 2014 definition of a snug-tightened connection and mandated the use of the RCSC 2009 definition due to issues regarding turn-of-nut tension requirements. You can find both definitions listed in the box at the bottom of this page.

SIC topics have ranged all over the spectrum during its history, and most of the issues addressed special inspections and various IBC code acceptance and IBC reference code criteria. Topics included masonry code, concrete code, different structural steel codes, arc-spot welds, reinforcing steel, geotechnical engineering code compliance criteria, IBC risk categories, soil special inspections, steel fabricating shops, sprayed fire-resistant materials (SFRM), cold weather concreting, flowable fill, verification of masonry mortar quality, statewide codes, welding of stairs and railing, pre-engineered metal buildings, concrete anchor rods, site class definitions, and dozens of other topics related to building codes and construction.

Let us know what you want to read about, because we created SIC for you!

For more information or further enthusiastic discourse on topics of CODE, please contact Alan Tuck at: atuck@fandr.com or 540.344.7939