Special Inspections

Model Building Codes adopted requirements for Special Inspections (SI) as a result of recommendations of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight in 1982. The committee concluded that a common problem associated with certain catastrophic failures in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s was the lack of construction site presence and inspection by the Structural Engineer of Record (SER).

SP is a strong advocate of this finding, and provides SI Services on nearly all of its construction projects. Only the SER has the intimate knowledge of the structure required to recognize the key elements necessary for the safe performance of the structure. Also, with the SER on-site, solutions for construction discrepancies can be resolved very quickly, minimizing or eliminating any impact on the project schedule and cost.

In addition to our staff of over 20 structural engineers, SP has a highly experienced staff of construction technicians with certified specialists in construction materials and testing, including:

Certified Weld Inspections, NICET Level III Concrete, Level II Soils, Asphalt, ACI Certified Concrete (NRMCA), NCMA Laboratory Testing, Certified Windsor Probe Operations, FAA Certification – Asphalt (ERLPM), Troxler – Certified Nuclear Gauge Operations, and Troxler – Certified Radiation Safety.