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:

  • Drone use by Inspectors
    George VanDusen 

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

  • SMART Saftey group 

  • Large project inspection
    Mel Weidner and Rick McManis



LA Basin Chapter Monthly Meeting June 21, 2017

Please join the LA Basin Chapter of ACIA for it’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 21,  2017 ,  6:30 pm 


Mimi’s Cafe 

8455 Firestone Blvd. 

Downey, CA 90240


Bryan Hall

There is no retirement without income: Building a plan that works for you!

Thank you for your support and dedication to ACIA,

RSVP appreciated.

Flyer attached.

Bio attached. 

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ACIA San Diego Monthly Meeting Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ACIA San Diego Presents SMART Safety Group, Wednesday, June 21, 5:00 to 6:30 PM

ACIA San Diego Chapter Meeting                             Wednesday, June 21, 2017 5:00 to 6:30 PM    

The San Diego chapter of the ACIA is pleased once again to announce a presentation by the

SMART Safety Group, whose motto is “Protecting  People, Property, and Profits”.
Check with your insurance agent to see if attending such safety seminars qualifies you for a break on your premiums!

This presentation is specific to identifying common jobsite hazards faced by inspectors, designers, and engineers when on the modern construction site.   This seminar will be presented by Bob Pierce, Site Safety and Health Officer with SMART Safety Group. 

Cost:      There is no cost for this presentation. 

Soft drinks and sandwiches will be provided by Lentulo Consulting.

Please RSVP so we have an idea how much food to buy

Location:             Main office of NV5

                                15092 Avenue of Science, Ste. 200

                                San Diego  92128

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Prospective  ACIA Members

Member benefits include continuing education discounts, a widely-respected inspector testing and registration program (the RCI program), subscription to The Inspector magazine, and a voice in the industry.   General membership is $135.00/year.  

For further information please contact:

George Lentulo, president

San Diego Chapter ACIA


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ACIA South Coast Chapter Meeting Thursday, June 15, 2017

Please join the South Coast Chapter of ACIA for it’s monthly meeting on Thursday, June 15,  2017 ,  6:00 pm 


The Rib Trader of Orange 

2710 East Chapman Ave. 

Orange, CA 92869


Larry LaCost

LOKRING – West Coast USA  

Originally invented by NASA in 1968, Lokring designs patented, weld equivalent pipe and tube fittings such as couplings, flanges, elbows, adapters, and more. The unique technology of the patented Lokring fittings utilize Elastic Strain Preload (ESP), and possesses a metal to metal leak-free seal that compresses or swages the pipe/tube wall.

The company is prominent in the Construction, Shipbuilding, Submarine (Marine), Oil & Gas (Upstream and Downstream), and Nuclear Generation Industries, but also caters to other markets such as Steel, Pharmaceutical, Medical Gas, Railroad, and many more.

Thank you for your support and dedication to ACIA,

RSVP appreciated.

Flyer attached.

ACIA Inland Empire Chapter Meeting Thursday, June 1, 2017


The Inland Empire Chapter of the American Construction Inspectors

Association wishes to invite all our members to our monthly meeting on

Thursday June 1, 2017.

I wish to thank again Amber Dahl of Dig Alert for her presentation last

month. It was very informative on new California Laws going into effect.

This month’s speaker will be Mike Geoano of OSTS Inc. to explain about his

company and talk about Heat Illness Prevention on the Construction sites.

Please attend and support your ACIA Inland Empire Chapter. We need your


We will be not meeting in July due to the Holiday. We will meet in August.

Inland Empire Chapter President: Ken Hauck,

All meetings will continue to provide continuing educational credit for ACIA

Registered Construction Inspectors and ICC. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Interested in being a member of A.C.I.A. or an R.C.I (Registered

Construction Inspector)? Visit our website at

Western Council class “Secrets to Getting Paid”

Whether Public or Private projects, many providers have issues getting paid. While you don’t want to destroy business relationships, you need to get paid for your work. Bring your questions, and join us to learn the secrets to getting paid from a knowledgeable and respected contract specialist and litigator.

Topics to be discussed include:

Complying with the various required claims processes- contract, Government Code, etc. – so you’re not bounced out at the gate

 Damages for delay – are they available? Can they be excluded by contract? When can they not? Are such exclusions enforceable?

 Proper notice to the Surety to keep it on the hook for payment

 How much claims backup is required, and at what stage? Do you need a scheduling consultant early on in the claim?

 Recent court decisions governing what you must do to prevail on a claim, plus what mistakes can kill your claim

 Finding the money when a party goes bankrupt

 Using insurance coverage to help you pay for your claims, OR attorney fees to defend them.

 Other unique tips and tricks for getting paid — that you won’t hear elsewhere

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DSA’s New Plan Review Appointment Process Eliminates Bin Time

Division of the State ArchitectDSA’s New Plan Review Appointment Process Eliminates Bin Time

The Division of the State Architect (DSA) is pleased to announce the upcoming implementation of an appointment-based process for project submittal. If the project submittal contains all necessary information and documents, plan review will immediately commence on the scheduled submittal date. This new process eliminates the “bin time” when complete plan submittals sat idle while awaiting assignment to a DSA plan reviewer.

DSA expects to begin scheduling project submittal appointments in early July, with the first appointments held in mid-August.

Since DSA’s current bin time is four to six weeks, this new process allows design professionals an extra four to six weeks to work on project plans. Elimination of the current bin time also results in significant individual and cumulative cost savings to clients and school districts by avoiding inflationary cost escalations.

Under the previous system, plans delivered to DSA waited for an intake review to ensure the package was complete, and then waited in a queue for approximately four to six weeks until the plans could be reviewed. DSA’s new process maximizes clients’ time because plans may be worked on and developed right until the agreed-upon submittal date.

This process applies to all projects other than those eligible for over-the-counter plan review. DSA will release further information and procedures within the next few weeks. Additionally, DSA will conduct a regional series of stakeholder outreach meetings commencing in fall 2017. We look forward to implementing these improvements with you.

Please direct any questions to