The ACIA’s 58th Symposium has been set for October 27 and 28, 2017

The 58th Symposium has been set on 

October 27 and 28, 2017

Speakers and classes:

  • Drone use by Inspectors
    George VanDusen 

  • PlanGrid
  • Slope Failures and Landslides 
    H&K John Atkins 

  • Woodwork Institute 
    Mitch Taylor and Marcia Falk

  • SMART Saftey group 
    Focus four –
    Falls, Electrocutions, Struck bys and Caught in

  • Safety Assessment Program Training 
    Dave Karina and Mel Weidner 
    (Friday only: 8 hour)

  • Large project inspection
    Mel Weidner and Rick McManis

  • Simpson strong Tie 


    Ticket prices and itinerary will be posted soon

ACIA Sacramento-Sierra Monthly Meeting Thursday, May 25, 2017


Sacramento-Sierra Chapter Monthly Meeting Notice

Thursday May 25, 2017


Topic: Project Document Management

Speaker: Chrissy McGraw, PlanGrid (#1 construction app, 5 star rated, Apple, Google, Windows platforms)

Location: Brookfield’s Restaurant @ 4343 Madison Ave, Sacramento, CA 95842

Phone: (916) 332-0108

Agenda: 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.; Social Time & Sign-In. 6:00 p.m.; Call meeting to order, Dinner ordered off the menu. 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.;

Topic Discussion: If you have to manage plans and project documents, this presentation by Chrissy McGraw, from PlanGrid, promises to be a worthwhile use of your time to attend the meeting (plus the food is wonderful, and the camaraderie is great J), don’t miss it. 7:30 p.m.; Meeting Adjourned.

Thank you Thomas Cavanaugh for last month’s program.

Attention members and associates! Everyone is welcome; no need to be a member and no reservation is needed. Please feel free to bring a guest.

We encourage everyone to become a member of ACIA. Forms are available on-line at or at the sign in table at the monthly meeting. If you have any questions, please forward them to, Dennis Dooley, 

Registration Reminder for the June CASp Exam

Registration Reminder for the June CASp Exam 

For those who are taking, or are planning to take, the Certified Access Specialist (CASp) examination in June, we would like to remind you that there are only a few days remaining to sign up for the exam. Also, we have an update regarding the Riverside exam location.

The last day to register for the June exam is May 30, 2017. You can register for this exam through your CASp Account Login. Details on the June CASp examination are as follows:

June 28, 2017 – Open and Closed Book Examinations


    Lions Gate Hotel & Conference Center
    3410 Westover St., McClellan, CA 95652
  • RIVERSIDE — New Location, Limited Availability
    Hyatt Place Riverside Downtown
    3500 Market St., Riverside, CA 92501



  • Check in begins at 12:30 p.m.
  • 90-minute examination.

At the exam locations, space is limited – specifically, the Riverside facility is close to reaching the maximum number of allowed attendees. In the event that the exams reach capacity, please email us at to be added to a waiting list.

More information about the CASp program and examination details are available on the CASp webpage. Please direct any registration questions to the CASp Certification team at (916) 323-2737 or You may direct any questions about CASp Program Administration to (916) 322-2490.


Save the Date!

Join us for the annual Pacific ADA Update Conferences in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The conferences will feature multiple learning tracks and subject matter experts to share recent ADA and state law developments and information.

When & Where
September 18 – 19, 2017 Los Angeles Renaissance Airport Hotel                       
September 21 – 22, 2017 InterContinental Hotel, San Francisco

Registration:  Formal invitation with registration details – coming soon!

Details: The 2017 ADA Update Conferences will feature 18 breakout sessions on ADA topics including:

  •    Accessible Information Technology
  •    Emergency Preparedness
  •    Employment   
  •    Facility Accessibility
  •    Healthcare
  •    Housing
  •    Service Animals
  •    Transportation
Questions about the conferences? Contact Trace Elms at the Pacific ADA Center

NHCA 2017 Legislative Summit The State of Hispanics in Construction

NHCA 2017 Legislative Summit
The State of Hispanics in Construction
Tuesday, June 6, 2017   
11:00 AM –  4:00 PM                           NHCA Board Meetings: NHCA Board Members Only
              • Partner Visit
              • Board Luncheon
              • Official Board Meeting
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM                              Registration –      Mexican Cultural Institute
            2829 16th St NW, Washington, DC 
6:30 PM – 9:0­­­0 PM                              “Built by Contractors” Reception…
          Welcoming National Construction and Latino         
          Honoring the Best that embody the ideals of 
          Diversity, Minority Contracting Inclusion & Small 
          Business Mentoring
Wednesday, June 7, 2017     
Rayburn House Office Building is located on           
                                                              Independence Avenue between First Street SW 
                                                              and South Capitol Street in Washington, DC.
7:30 AM – 1:30 PM                              Registration
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM                              Plenary Breakfast
                                                              The State of the Hispanic Construction Discussion
9:00 AM – 9:10 AM                              Hill Appointments Assignments
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM                           Visits on the Hill
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM                              Luncheon: The State of the Hispanic Contractor
                                                             Chapter Reports: Local Major Construction Projects                                                                and Attainments
                                                             “Legislators of the Year” Awards
2:30 PM                                               Official Summit Closing
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM                              US Departments Visits: NHCA Board Members Only

DSA Academy – June Accessibility Classes

Division of the State ArchitectDSA Academy – June Accessibility Classes

We are pleased to announce the June DSA Academy accessibility classes! For more information about the class, learning objectives, and to register, click on the class title below.

We offer a multi-class discount (buy three, get one free) on the accessibility classes if you take the classes as a set. Email for information on how to receive one free class.


More detailed registration information and instructions are available on the DSA Academy Registration Information webpage.

Please contact should you have any questions or issues with the DSA Academy website.

Document Update– Revision of IR on Metal Suspension Systems for Lay-In Panel Ceiling

Division of the State ArchitectDocument Update– Revision of IR on Metal Suspension Systems for Lay-In Panel Ceiling


The Division of the State Architect (DSA) announces the revision of the DSA Interpretation of Regulations (IR) on the guidelines for design and installation of metal suspension systems for lay-in ceilings for projects under the jurisdiction of DSA.
The information in IR 25-2.13: Metal Suspension Systems for Lay-In Panel Ceiling: 2013 CBC has been revised as follows: 

  • Detail 2.35 – Minor spelling correction.
  • Detail 2.60 – Revised note reference for the alternate stabilizer.
  • Detail 3.21 – A maximum allowable length based on kl/r = 300 was inadvertently published for ½ inch and ¾ inch diameter electrical metallic tubes (EMT). The corrected length is based on the allowable capacity.
  • Detail 4.34 – Various revisions were made to clarify the requirements for a wall with a layer of gypsum board vs. and a wall without.      

Please direct any questions to Diane Gould, supervising structural engineer, Code and Standards Unit, at