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Government Code 4217: Intent vs. Implications PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred Diamond, MBAx, CSI, CDT, BOC, 2012 Schoolhouse Inspectors Committee Chair   
With the introduction of Government Code 4217 in 1983, we have seen many energy projects come to fruition, some quite successfully, while others have had difficulties. I think that we can all remember seeing some type of energy project being displayed in the media and surrounded with controversy, whether it be a failed project or an attempt at some type of fraudulent act that pilfered or wasted taxpayer money. This is not uncommon as we all know and work in a world where money drives business decisions, inexorably for those that are willing to compromise their ethics for the sake of financial gain. I'm fairly certain that the majority of us would agree that this type of behavior has been around since the dawn of business transactions and the quest for profit.

For this very reason, particularly in western civilizations, our government typically fills the gap and takes on the lead role as "gatekeeper" or enforcer of the public laws that were designed and implemented to protect taxpayer money and the interests of the public for the common good of society. For those of us that work in the public arena, including project inspectors, it is fairly easy to ascertain that we have a multitude of laws, regulations, mandates, codes, etc., and/or others that put limits on virtually all that we do, just in the daily performance of our jobs. I don't recall a code that is not limiting by some definition or degree; as well, they should be. This is the very essence of protecting public goods and being governed as a republic is the reason that our civilization continues to succeed. Reasonably so, this is why we have a wonderful built environment that protects resources and is engineered to save money, all the while putting a demand for a high quality of workmanship and providing a value added benefit.

From the President's Chair PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dennis Dooley, 2011 National President   
Founded in 1954, the American Construction Inspectors Association (ACIA) through its volunteer leadership has striven to represent its members and insure the value of membership through its ongoing continuing education and Registered Construction Inspector (RCI) programs.   You are all aware that the last few years have been difficult for the construction industry as a whole and for inspectors in particular.

The current Board of Directors, at their most recent meeting, made some major changes to the structure and operating policies of the ACIA in an effort to maintain the high quality of the organization in keeping with the challenges presented by the industry-wide economic and political conditions with which we are presently faced.  As described below, these will include the reconfiguration of regions and chapters to better serve membership and the revision of certain outdated elements of its by-laws, and reflect the Boards ongoing commitment to that mission.
As Harry Sees It PDF Print E-mail
Written by Harry Moore   
The late Harry Moore was a dedicated lifetime member of the ACIA from 1956 until his death in April, 2008. He held RCI #512 Division II-Building and Division III-Mechanical certifications which he kept current until his death. During his tenure, Harry wrote many articles of interest for The Inspector Magazine, as well as a book on Schoolhouse Inspecting. Prior to his death, Harry graciously assigned all rights to his writings to the ACIA. In honor of that generous donation, we will be reprising some of Harry’s insightful articles in upcoming issues of The Inspector. His writings remain topical and timely in these times of economic uncertainty.  This article was first published in 1997.


Hospitals must be as earthquake resistant as can be built.  There is no such thing as an earthquake proof building.  However, they can be made to withstand terrific shocks without collapsing or crushing helpless people.  Sanitation systems should all stay connected.  All emergency systems must have a redundancy factor to allow them to operate under extreme conditions.  Many of these systems must fail safe to prevent injuries or contamination of air, water, or their environment.  This includes anti-siphon equipment, H & V equipment that moves and controls air movement where positive or negative pressures are required to prevent contamination in operating rooms, nursery areas and contagious rooms.
Two Members Receive Emeritus RCI and Honorary Lifetime Status PDF Print E-mail
Written by Web Admin   
The Board of the American Construction Inspectors Association is pleased to announce that five longtime members of the organization have been awarded Honorary Lifetime and Emeritus RCI status.

This honor is reserved for those who have made significant contributions to the ACIA and RCI and are now retired from active practice as a construction inspector. Emeritus RCI members are required to renew their certifications each year, but are exempt from the Continuing Education requirement.

The recipients are:

Phil Serrantino, ERCI
ACIA Member Sacramento-Sierra Chapter since 1982.
RCI  Div I since 1984

Rick Davis, ERCI
ACIA Member L.A. Basin Chapter since 1988
RCI  Div III (5 Certifications) since 1982
Sincere congratulations go out to these fine role models of what an inspector should be.   Certificates of Appreciation will be given to these members at the Annual Awards Luncheon on November 5, 2011.

ACIA Report Professional PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bernard Cook   
Telling a story can send a powerful message. The Affirmative Action and Association Development Committees of the ACIA, working with independent programmers and consultants, have completed modifications to the online inspection reporting project briefly introduced to the ACIA in 2007. Re-named the ACIA Report Professional this program was developed exclusively for the American Construction Inspectors Association. We have tested the program and are pleased with its performance. While we are still adding minor features, this project is completed and available for release to ACIA members.

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