Annual Meeting and

Technical Seminars

2018 Annual Meeting & Technical Seminars
Embassy Suites Dallas Market Center
Dallas, Texas
January 19 & 20, 2018

2018 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting was held  Friday, January 19th 

2018 Technical Seminars

Friday, January 19, 2018

Panel:  State of Special Inspections - Where we are Today in Texas

A look at the reasons and logic for code required special inspections, structural observations and discussion on those construction elements that need special inspections. Typical jurisdictional requirements and responsibilities of Contractors, Design Professionals, Architects, Engineers, and Building Officials.


Moderator:                    Lyndon Cox, Terracon


Panel Discussion:         Ben Harris – Huckabee Architects

                                      Jerry Kunkel – Jerald W. Kunkel Consulting Engrs

                                      Michael Lee – WJE Engineers

                                      Selso Mata - Building Official, City of Plano

                                      Richard Schellhammer – Underwood Law

Navigating Risks for Geoprofessionals

Presented by:  Stephanie Hayes Cook and Woody Vogt

Stephanie Cook, a construction attorney and litigator with Cokinos Young in Austin, is back by popular demand from last year’s TCEL conference to present with Woody Vogt, P.E., D.GE, President of Paradigm Consultants in Houston, a program to help geoprofessionals navigate the risks we all face in our practice.

Last year, Stephanie’s “The Toll of Litigation” taught us about the financial and emotional toll that litigation can have on us individually and on our firms.  This presentation will now help us identify and avoid risks in what we write - in our marketing materials, our proposals and contracts, and in our reports.  And if we write well and carefully and then follow sound, documented-retention procedures, our documentation can be our best defense in the event of a claim.  Geoprofessionals will also learn that the types of projects we choose to work on and the clients we choose to work with can represent different levels of risk.  Woody will close with a few case histories highlighting the common mistakes – what we should learn from the mistakes of others.

Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Special Inspection of Structural Masonry Construction

Presented by:  Phillip J. Samblanet, P.E., The Masonry Society

The Texas Council of Engineering Laboratories has teamed with The Masonry Society (TMS) to present a comprehensive seminar aimed at helping inspectors, field technicians, engineers, and others identify and check key quality assurance items on the jobsite. The course uses the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) and 2013 TMS 402/ACI 530/ASCE 5 & TMS 602/ACI 530.1/ASCE 6 as the primary references, as these are the basis for the ICC Certification Examination. In addition, the course overviews related ASTM standards and inspection guides.


Attendees will learn code inspection requirements, proper placement of materials, mortar and grout, how to determine the compressive strength of masonry, and appropriate severe weather procedures. This comprehensive course is aimed at helping inspectors, testing technicians, engineers, and building officials identify and verify key quality assurance items on the jobsite. This is an excellent course for those preparing for the ICC Structural Masonry Special Inspectors Certification Examination. Attendees will receive a comprehensive set of audience notes.


Goals and objectives of the seminar are multifaceted, and include:

1.      Educating TCEL members on proper inspection and construction techniques for masonry.

2.      Assisting attendees in the preparation for the ICC Structural Masonry Special Inspector’s Certification Examination.

3.      Providing continuing education to all attendees to assist them in the work and with continuing education requirements.

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