Presentation Outline: Structural general notes and architectural specifications are often neglected until the last minute of the design process.  However contractors and specialty engineers very carefully review these contract documents before submitting their bids and designs.  Thus outdated or erroneous general notes can be both more costly to the owner and more time-consuming to the Engineer of Record reviewing cold-formed steel (CFS) submittals.  This seminar is packed with dozens of examples of both good and bad CFS general notes and specifications, and can help both engineers and architects understand the best type of specification language and design information to include about cold-formed steel.  Webinar graduates will be able to perform the following:

  • As a writer of general notes and specifications:
    • Quickly identify problems with outdated or improper specifications
    • Write specifications with little chance of misinterpretation
    • Create easy-to-follow specifications that permit contractor innovation while still ensuring both code compliance and long-term serviceability.
  • As a contractor or specialty designer being asked to comply with general notes and specifications:
    • Quickly find pitfalls in specifications, including options that will require added expense or rework
    • Understand what questions to ask when bidding or building projects with specific specification language
    • Win projects based on both accurate bidding and fair interpretation of the specifications

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is for architects, engineers, building officials and contractors.

PDHsWebinar Materials

The day before the webinar, participants will have access to electronic versions of the following:

  • Presenter’s notes
  • Evaluation Form
  • Attendance Form

Don Allen, P.E.Don Allen, P.E., has been involved with thousands of CFS design projects, and has both written and interpreted specifications for a broad range of clients.  At his current position at DSi Engineering, Allen both writes and interprets structural general notes and architectural specifications on a daily basis.  He has chaired the Steel Stud Manufacturers Association (SSMA) committee tasked with providing steel-industry advice on MASTERSPEC® and MASTERFORMAT®, and has provided advice on specifications in his role as CFSEI Technical Director.  Allen currently chairs the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Committee on Framing Standards (COFS) General Provisions subcommittee, and writes and lectures on CFS topics regularly.  Allen is also the 2013 recipient of the CFSEI Distinguished Service award, and serves as Vice-Chairman of the CFSEI Atlanta/Southeast Chapter.

Date: December 5, 2013
Time: 3 p.m Eastern
Format: Web-based seminar using "Go To Meeting" technology.
Duration: 1+ hour of lecture, followed by discussion and questions. (1.5 hours total )
Cost: $75 per computer screen for CFSEI & SFA Members; $100 for non-members

Late Registration: Registrations must be received 48 hours prior to the webinar or a $20 late registration fee will be assessed.

Continuing Education: 1.5 hours available.