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, August 16, 2017

ACIA San Diego Chapter Meeting Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ACIA San Diego Chapter Meeting                             Wednesday, August 16, 2017 5:00 to 6:30 PM          

This Month:

Inspectors!  The third Wednesday of the month once again approaches.

Come join us for camaraderie, conversation, and comidas tomorrow evening! Everybody is crazy-busy this time of year. Just hang out for an hour or two and break up the week.

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


Industrial General Permit Stormwater Compliance Training

Industrial General Permit Stormwater Compliance Training

August 23, 2017 

Have you filed you 2016-2017 Annual Reports
DUE JULY 15th!!!
Join us to learn how.

Thunder Mountain is hosting a trainingAugust 23rd, to help facility managers with the implementation of the Industrial General Stormwater Permit.

  • Review Industrial General Permit
  • 2016-2017 ANNUAL REPORTS DUE JULY 15th!!!
    Learn the process and how to stay in compliance.
  • Annual Comprehensive
  • Minimum BMPs requirements
            – Sampling requirements
            – No Exposure
            – Risk based Permit – Baseline, Risk 1, Risk 2

Seats are limited, please call to reserve a space as soon as possible. Flier below. 

Beth Smiley
Thunder Mountain Enterprises, Inc.
Professionals in Soil & Water Management
office 916.381.3400

New DSA Box Web Experience Coming Soon

Division of the State ArchitectNew DSA Box Web Experience Coming Soon



Please be informed that as of September 8, 2017, all DSA Box users will be converted to a new Box web design meant to improve navigation. Until then, DSA Box users can voluntarily opt into the new web design. Users are highly encouraged to use this opportunity to try out the new design.
To activate the new experience, log into and then click on this Activation Link. The suggested web browser for use of is Google Chrome.
The new design comes with added functionality, including:

  • The ability to exclude folders from your landing page on
  • Improved search.
  • Sidebar to view advanced info.
  • Support for multi-select & keyboard shortcuts.

Click here for a Full Inventory of Changes and check out Box’s online Help Forum for answers to general questions.

Users may also use the following links as a guide:

For questions and more information, contact the Document Analyst in the associated regional office for the project in question:

LA County’s Contracting Connections

Date: Aug. 11, 2017
TO: Los Angeles County area vendors
RE: You’re prequalified to certify and compete on nearly $1 billion in Los Angeles County contracts!

You’ve certified with the state of California as a small business. Now diversify your clientele and sell your goods and services to Los Angeles County!
Did you know that by 2020, Los Angeles County has a goal to award 25 percent of contracts to Local Small Business Enterprises (LSBEs) and three percent of contracts to Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBEs)?
The Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs is here to connect you to these bidding opportunities through the Contracting Connections program.
Los Angeles County certified LSBEs enjoy the following benefits:

  • 15 percent bid price preference when bidding on certain goods and services.
  • Payment in 15 days or less.
  • Listing on the county’s exclusive directory of certified businesses.
  • Access to small business advocates in each county department.
  • Networking events.
  • And more!

Want to find out if you sell what Los Angeles County buys? Join us Thursday, Aug. 24 at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall for our next Contracting Connections event. RSVP here.

For more information on the Contracting Connections program, contact the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs’ Small Business Services unit at (323) 881-3964 or 1-855-230-6430

Free Webinar: How to Prepare for the IFC Special Inspector Exam

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Tips and Techniques to Help Prepare for a Successful IFC Special Inspector Exam
  • Understand why 40-60 hours of study may be required to pass this exam
  • Learn the most efficient way to organize the study materials
  • Review common pitfalls and misconceptions from past examinees
  • Know what exam information is required, and where it is located
  • Become familiarized with the online exam and process
Preparing to take the IFC Special Inspector Exam? This webinar builds on the experience of past examinees, including the instructor’s own, to help you understand the exam format and provide guidance on the most effective and efficient way to organize the study materials from the Recommended Reading List
Webinar: Tips and Techniques to Help Prepare for a Successful IFC Special Inspector Exam (1 hour, with Q&A)
 Date:  August 29, 2017
Time: 1 pm PDT (3 pm CDT4 pm EDT)