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

*If you purchase more than one class, you will receive a discount of $10 off per additional class*

Speakers and classes:


Class 1: Friday 9am – 12pm: PlanGrid

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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 

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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 

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Speakers: Mel Weidner and Rick McManis

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

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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 

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Focus 6:  Falls, Electrocutions, Struck Bys, Caught Ins, Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), and Heat Illness Prevention
Safety First! 

Bob Pierce, is a site safety and health officer with SMART Saftey Group. He has been working in the project safety field for over 15 years. He has been the site safety and health officer for many large government projects with the United States Navy and Army.

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

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Speaker: Mitchelle Taylor


Prefer to pay by mail, email or phone? Download 2017 symposium flyer and send to:
by mail: ACIA 530 S. Lake Ave. #431 Pasadena Ca 91101
by email: 
by phone: (626) 714 – 8743

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

LA Basin Chapter Monthly Meeting on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Please join the LA Basin Chapter of ACIA for it’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 20,  2017 ,  6:30 pm 

Speakers: Brent Johnson; President of FireWise Consultants 

Topic: FireWise Training 

A brief agenda for the meeting may be as follows:

-Overview of 2013 and 2016 CBC changes concerning Firestop.

-Understanding of Chapter 1705.16 and when Firestop Special Inspections may now be required.

-Brief overview of the standards to be followed when performing Firestop Special Inspections: ASTM E 2174 and E 2393.

-Training programs and Certifications available to help become better educated and/or qualified to perform these Firestop Special Inspections.

Thank you for your support and dedication to ACIA,

RSVP appreciated

ACIA San Diego Chapter Meeting Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ACIA San Diego Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 5:00 to 6:30 PM


This Month:

Hope everyone got through their crazy busy summer with the least hang-ups possible.


This month, long-time San Diego member, former chapter president, and former National ACIA president Gerald Schafer will be presenting.


As you know, ASCE-7, chapter 13, forms the basis (the model code) for the CBC Chapter 16, with modifications, as it regards hangers and supports of non-structural building elements.


Gerald will facilitate a discussion on the similarities and differences of the 2016 CBC and ASCE 7-10, and the modifications made to both as related to hangers and supports.  Maximum lengths of unbraced hangers, restrictions on applications using threaded rod, and other esoterica important to a building inspector’s daily life will likely be covered.



Cost:      As always, the seminar is worth fractional CEUs for ICC, AIA, and RCI re-certification – and only $20.00, which includes a 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


Preview attachment ACIA San Diego Chapter Meeting 09-20-2017.pdf


Notice: Potential Scam

I would like all members and non-members to be aware of a potential scam. 

We are pursuing legal action.

Please do not respond to them, please contact me directly at

Phishing is when a scammer uses fraudulent emails or texts, or copycat websites to get you to share valuable personal information – such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, or your login IDs and passwords. Scammers use your information to steal your money or your identity or both.

Report phishing emails and texts.

  • Forward phishing emails to – and to the organization impersonated in the email. Your report is most effective when you include the full email header, but most email programs hide this information. To ensure the header is included, search the name of your email service with “full email header” into your favorite search engine.
  • File a report with the Federal Trade Commission at
  • Visit Victims of phishing could become victims of identity theft; there are steps you can take to minimize your risk.
  • You can also report phishing email to The Anti-Phishing Working Group – which includes ISPs, security vendors, financial institutions and law enforcement agencies – uses these reports to fight phishing.

The Department of General Services (DGS) has been alerted to activity aimed at defrauding state of California agencies and the vendor and bidder community

September 12, 2017

The Department of General Services (DGS) has been alerted to activity aimed at defrauding state of California agencies and the vendor and bidder community. These activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Issuance of fraudulent purchase orders (PO) being sent from what appears to be a legitimate DGS employee and email address.
  2. Issuance of a spoof email requesting vendors validate contact details to ensure they do not miss bidding opportunities.
  3. Emails containing a hyperlink to an unknown destination to update vendor contact information.

In light of these activities, DGS Procurement Division encourages all vendors and bidders to be diligent and exercise best practices to ensure your cyber security. If you believe you may have received a fraudulent PO, please utilize the resource below to help protect yourself from falling victim to these scams.

  • Confirming that the PO is legitimate by directly contacting the issuing department and the buyer whose name is listed on the PO. A directory for most of the state of California employees is located on the California Online Directory at
  • Departments are required to immediately report all purchases on California’s State Contract & Procurement Registration System (SCPRS).  The public can search for public purchasing data by going to the Cal eProcure website, under the “Get Public Information” heading and clicking on “View Past Purchases” yellow button
  • Treat links in emails as attachments: only click on them when you are expecting to see one.  Verify web addresses by using your favorite search engine, or navigate directly to a site that you have been asked to log into, and finally, type the address in longhand, ensuring that you are being sent to a legitimate site.

DGS remains committed to informing you and providing resources in order to address this issue.

From your APA President – Accessing the Future

From your APA President – Accessing the Future


This summer the weather was hot, but now many of us have family and friends that are dealing with and facing much more than simply heat.  Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have raised the bar on records that didn’t need to be raised, and will be challenging those that live and work in their paths for some time to come.  On behalf of APA, I wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.  Hopefully, the day will come soon when everyone has recovered from these devastating events.
Your APA Board and Committees have been hard at work in the background continuing the work of our organization.  Unfortunately, TDLR postponed the adoption of new RAS procedures until early next year.  However, TDLR is working on implementing new online services for our work and we are hopeful that it may be in place by years end.  Stay tuned for more information!
Looking forward, our association will be attending and exhibiting at the American Institute of Architects next June in New York.  This is a big step for us as we move onto the national scene.  If any of you will be attending, please let Shirley or Nina know.
Let me also encourage you to get involved in your community and advocate for greater accessibility.  While much has been accomplished in the last 26-plus years since the enactment of the ADA, there is still much to be done and many still need to be educated on the importance of making the built environment accessible.
Remember that what we do today will impact accessibility for the years to come.
Feel free to contact me, our board members or staff if we may be of assistance.
Carroll Pruitt, FAIA, NCARB, 2017 APA President

Upcoming Design Build Projects

Upcoming Design Build Projects

Dear SB/DVBE supplier,

On July 26, 2017, the firms on the attached flier received Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Air Resources Board’s Southern California Consolidation Project #140769. The current due date for these firms to submit a proposal is Oct. 19, 2017.

Small Businesses and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises seeking subcontracting opportunities on this project are encouraged to contact the firms on the attachment.

In addition, the Department of General Services (DGS) will be presenting at an outreach event in Riverside for those interested in becoming subcontractors on this project. The types of trades and SB/DVBE certifications needed will be discussed at this event, which will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Project #140769 Outreach Event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at:

Bourns Technology Center
1190 Columbia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92507
Seating is limited, so arrive early.