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In Construction Litigation, “A Picture Can Be Worth More Than A Thousand Words” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean J. Vlahos, FAIA   
In these days, when multi-million dollar judgments against design professionals have become commonplace, the old adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” rings even more true.  As a profession, we find ourselves increasingly challenged by the legal community to perform duties that go above and beyond an Architect’s Standard of Care.  Some litigators have gone as far as to compare construction documents to the development of shop drawings.  Thus, on any given project, not only does an architect or design professional have an obligation to perform up to his or her professional standards, but must also stand ready to defend themselves in a court of law.

The ACIA and NAVFAC is the “Sweet Spot” for RCIs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bernard Cook   
This article is intended to re-introduce the American Construction Inspectors Association (ACIA) and Registered Construction Inspectors (RCI) to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) as a new construction industry partner and potential client.  As a few members may remember, back in the 1980s RCIs holding ACIA Registrations in Division I -Engineering, Division II – Building and Division IV – Public Works were approved by NAVFAC as Contractor Quality Control (CQC) managers.  RCIs holding a Division III – Specialty Registration were approved as Quality Control (QC) Specialists, (Special Inspectors) and preferred because of their unique qualifications for military construction contracts.  Registered Construction Inspectors are still in demand with NAVFAC as Engineering Technicians (ETs) only this time working directly for the Navy.  

President's Message PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Karina, Assoc. AIA, RCI, CSI, CDT   

As the expiration date of my term as President of the American Construction Inspectors Association approaches, I wish to express my sincere thanks for the support of the membership in the year 2010.  Despite the global economic situation, it has been another great year for ACIA, with a successful golf tournament and several outstanding educational seminars.  As you are aware, I have pledged my continuing commitment to ACIA as the President Elect in the coming year and in a renewed Presidency in 2012, and I am grateful to the membership for its confidence in my abilities to continue to guide this great organization in the future. Also, I want to assure incoming ACIA President, Dennis Dooley,  that he can count on my support and assistance in whatever capacity I am needed.

DSA/OSHPD Seminar is a Hit! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Web Admin   
The ACIA proudly hosted another combination seminar/webinar on November 6, 2010, as part of the annual meeting in Sacramento.

Attendees viewed the live version of DSA and OSHPD Title 24 code changes at the Drexel University facility on Capitol Mall in Sacramento, while others viewed it online via the web in the ACIA’s second combination seminar/webinar event of 2010.

Acting State Architect, Howard “Chip” Smith gave an overview of the Title 24 code updates affecting the DSA, while Gordon Oakley, Fire Marshal Regional Compliance Director, Gary Dunger, Chief of Fire and Life Safety, and Brian Coppock, Facilities Development Department, discussed the upcoming changes affecting OSHPD.

At the end of the all-day session the OSHPD speakers promised to make a return appearance in 2011 to further discuss the substantive changes that will affect OSHPD projects in the coming year.  We are looking forward to it.
Standard of Care PDF Print E-mail
Written by James V Vitale, AIA, LEED AP, CASp, RCI   
The term Standard of Care implies a level of responsibility associated with the delivery of a works of construction. The standard applies to all parties; architect, engineer, contractor, construction manager and inspector.
The standard carries with it implied duties and responsibilities relative to each party’s role in the process of project delivery. Those duties and responsibilities are found in law and Section 1, the general conditions of the project specifications. 
Each party’s project specific responsibilities, though unique to their roles, require cooperation, coordination and communication with each other. Herein is the value provided by the inspector of record, acting in the capacity of observer, confirmer and communicator of compliance with the plans and specifications for construction.
The inspector of records standard of care is found in the California Education Code 11111.
The project inspector’s responsibilities include: 
  • A thorough understanding of all requirements of the construction documents. 
  • Inspection of all portions of the construction for compliance with the requirements of the DSA approved construction documents. 
  • Identification, documentation, and reporting of deviations in the construction from  the require-ments of the DSA approved construction documents. 
Critical to the success of the inspector is the seriousness with which that responsibility is under taken. Key to that success is communication skills. 
Throughout the process of construction the inspector anticipates upcoming events by a through understanding of the construction documents and personal review and observation of daily activities.
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