The ACIA’s 58th Symposium

The ACIA’s 58th Symposium

Date:October 27 and 28, 2017

Location: Mitchell Park Center: 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Speakers and classes:


Class 1: Friday 9am – 12pm: PlanGrid

PlanGrid is construction software designed for the field. The platform provides real-time updates and seamless file synchronization over Wi-Fi and cellular networks. PlanGrid replaces paper blueprints, brings the benefits of version control to field workers, and is a collaborative platform for sharing construction information like field markups, progress photos and issues tracking.

Class 1: Friday 2pm – 5pm: Holdrege & Kull Consulting Engineers Geologists 

Slope Failures and Landslides
Are you interested in what causes a slope to fail, a landslide to occur or a sinkhole to open? Holdrege & Kull will present general information on how failures occur, show photos of recent failures and discuss how failures can be remediated. Presenters include Chuck Kull, Jake Hudson, and Don Olsen.

Don Olsen, PE, PG, CEG, CHG, is a principal of Holdrege & Kull and General Manager of the Chico and Yuba City offices. He has been in the industry for 40 years, the last 19 of which have been with H&K. His experience includes geotechnical engineering, civil engineering, engineering geology, hydrogeology, and construction management. He is a Subject Matter Expert with the California Board for Professional Engineers, Geologists and Land Surveyors and assists with preparation and grading of exam questions

Chuck Kull, PE, GE, PG, CEG, has designed and overseen construction projects throughout California and Nevada since 1984. His professional background includes mine reclamation plans; shoring design with tie-back and soldier beam and wood lagging; structural design and rock bolting for large penstock thrust blocks, bridge abutments, and towers; and extensive grading projects in difficult soil.  Chuck has designed and overseen the construction of large and small earth dams and concrete spillways in Northern California. Analyses have included seepage calculations, slope stability, and borrow material selection. Several of the dams are under the jurisdiction of the Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD). He excels at developing alternative design approaches to mitigate challenging site conditions. He is currently involved with test development, grading, and enforcement of the California Certified Engineering Geologist certification. He also serves as an expert witness on California Department of Transportation construction disputes. Chuck is a founding principal of Holdrege & Kull.

John K. “Jake” Hudson, PE, PG, CEG, CPESC, has been a principal of Holdrege & Kull and manager of the Truckee office for the last 16 years. Since the beginning of his career in 1989, Mr. Hudson has been involved with over 1,000 geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, erosion control, and materials testing projects. The majority of his career has been spent working in the Reno and Lake Tahoe regions of Nevada and California. In addition, he has performed geologic and geologic hazards investigations for projects in California, Nevada, and Idaho. He has extensive experience providing construction consultation for residential subdivisions and commercial and municipal projects. Jake has also worked on forensic investigations for residential and commercial developments

Class 2: Friday 9am – 12pm: Large Project Inspection 

Speakers: Mel Weidner and Rick McManis

Class 2: Friday 2pm – 5pm: Drone Inspection 

Along with being a Certified Professional Building Designer (CPBD), George VanDusen is a general engineering contractor (A-classification), general building contractor (B-classification), and C-36 plumbing contractor.  He is also a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD).  George VanDusen is an affiliate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 


Class 1: Saturday 9am – 12pm: SMART Safety Group 

Speaker: Bob Pierce

Class 2: Saturday 9am – 12pm: Woodwork Institute  

Speaker: Mitchelle Taylor 


ACIA LA Basin October 18, 2017 Chapter Meeting

Come Join the LA Basin chapter for its monthly meeting on October 18, 2017 

Speaker:              Mr. John Chrysler, Executive Director of MIA

Organization:   MIA (Masonry Institute of America)

Topic:                    Masonry Industry

Location:             Mimi’s Café in Downey

State Architect Appointed to Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group

Division of the State ArchitectState Architect Appointed to Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group


State Architect Chester A. Widom, FAIA, has joined the newly formed Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group. The multidisciplinary group is comprised of 14 leaders experienced in climate science and infrastructure design. Established by Chapter 580, Statutes of 2016, the working group will make recommendations to the Legislature related to the following issues:

  • The current informational and institutional barriers to integrating projected climate change impacts into state infrastructure design.
  • The critical information that engineers responsible for infrastructure design and construction need to address climate change impacts.
  • How to select an appropriate engineering design for a range of future climate scenarios, as related to infrastructure planning and investment.

The working group will build upon existing information, including the state’s most recent California Climate Change Assessment and the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document. To do this, the working group will operate in coordination with other state efforts to adapt to climate change.

More information on the working group and its appointees can be found here

ACIA San Diego Chapter Meeting July 19, 2017

ACIA San Diego Chapter Meeting                             Wednesday, July 19, 2017 5:00 to 6:30 PM

This Month:

If you hold one or several ICC certs and are interested in a more in-depth certification, the Registered Construction Inspector (RCI) program may be for you.  RCIs form the core of our membership, with RCI members in California and 23 states across the country.

The RCI certification is recognized for employment as an inspector by many jurisdictions at both the State and Federal levels.  For example, it is one of the certifications recognized by the California DSA within their experience matrix, providing the background allowing one to sit for their exam.  The US Navy locally has used RCIs within their purview for many projects.

Prospective Members

If you have been thinking of becoming a member, this is a good meeting to get it done as we have a light program this month.

Member benefits include continuing education discounts, one of the most advanced and respected Testing and Registration programs in the nation (the RCI program), subscription to The Inspector magazine, and a voice in the industry.

The value of being able to share experiences, codes questions, job availability, and other issues with your peers at an ACIA monthly chapter meeting is incalculable. Moreover, ACIA members share in a job network that includes classified job ads on our website (only open to members with a password).

General membership starts at an annual rate of $135.00, which is nothing! Please make your check to ACIA and I will have the applications at the next meeting.

Cost:      $20.00, which Includes full dinner.   Arrive early and socialize with others in your field

beginning at 4:00 PM at the no-host bar.

Location:  In the conference room at Añejo Restaurant, 329 West Felicita Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025 (in the Vons shopping center).

 For further information please contact:

George Lentulo, president

San Diego Chapter ACIA


Document Updates and Announcements for the Second Quarter of 2017

Division of the State ArchitectDocument Updates and Announcements for the Second Quarter of 2017

The updates and announcements document for the second quarter of 2017 is now available!

To keep stakeholders abreast of new and revised forms and documents available online, as well as recent announcements, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) posts a list of these forms and documents to the News & Events section of the DSA website each quarter.

If you have questions regarding any of the forms, publications, or announcements in this summary, please email

Shotcrete Exam Updates and Document Update – DSA 177: DSA Special Inspector Examination Application

Division of the State ArchitectShotcrete Exam Updates and Document Update – DSA 177: DSA Special Inspector Examination Application

As of August 1, the shotcrete exam will be updated to the 2016 California Building Code and will become a computer-based test. This exam is now offered in partnership with the International Code Council (ICC) and continuously given throughout the year by Pearson Vue, a professional testing company.

For more information, see the Shotcrete Special Inspector Certification Program webpage. To apply for the shotcrete examination, please complete a form DSA 177.

Please direct any questions to the Project Inspector Program, Code and Standards Unit, at or (916) 443-9932.

Document Update – Additions and Revisions to Interpretations of Regulations Affecting Sampling, Testing and Special Inspection of Structural Steel Materials

Division of the State ArchitectDocument Update – Additions and Revisions to Interpretations of Regulations Affecting Sampling, Testing and Special Inspection of Structural Steel Materials

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) announces the issuance of two new DSA Interpretations of Regulations (IR) and revisions to an existing IR, all affecting the sampling, testing and special inspection of structural steel materials used in the construction of projects under DSA’s jurisdiction. Following is a summary of the documents and their significant changes:

IR 17-8.16: Sampling and Testing of High-Strength Structural Bolts, Nuts and Washers: 2016 and 2013 CBC (Issued)

  • New “17-8.16” version (applicable to 2013 and 2016 California Building Code [CBC]).
  • Provides references to new American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards F3125/F3125M, consolidating and replacing ASTM A325/A325M, A490/A490M, F1852, and F2280.
  • Adds an item to Material Identification (Section 1.3).
  • Provides clarification for types of possible defects per ASTM requirements (Section 2).
  • Reorganizes and slightly modifies Frequency of Sampling (Section 3).

IR 17-9: High-Strength Structural Bolting Inspection: 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2007 CBC (Revised)

  • Primarily updating references (2013 and 2016 CBC).
  • Removes redundancies with other IRs/code (e.g., IR 17-6, 17-8, California Administrative Code [CAC]).
  • References new ASTM F3125/F3125M.
  • Adds basis for visible defects triggering non-conformance reports (Section 3.5).
  • Adds more inspection of joint requirements (Section 3.8).
  • Clarifies special inspector reporting requirements based on CAC.

IR 17-10.16: Sampling, Testing and Tagging of Reinforcing Bars: 2016 CBC(Issued)

  • New “7-10.16” version (applicable to 2016 CBC).
  • Revises waiver requirements to match 2016 CBC (Section 1).
  • Adds masonry reinforcing testing, providing an alternative to code requirements (Section 4.2).
  • Provides tagging requirements for testing reinforcing bars (Section 5.2).

Please direct any questions to Ryan Huxley, Supervising Structural Engineer, Code and Standards Unit, at