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January Virtual Meeting: Q&A with Engineer Thor Matteson
January 13, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm$10
A critical part of a home inspection, is when to call for further evaluation by a structural engineer. Having a grasp on which conditions could be address prescriptively by a general contractor, and which conditions need a design professional to evaluate before repairs are made, is an invaluable skill for a home inspector. Thor Matteson, SE will have a Q&A about home inspection related topics, as well as provide his take on the DCA-6 deck standard.
5:30pm Login and Socialize Join a few minutes early to sort out technical issues and chat with your fellow inspectors.
6:00pm Pre-Meeting John Fryer, local municipal inspector and former home inspector, will have a slideshow about new construction inspections. (Attendees will earn an additional ASHI CE)
7:00pm Chapter Meeting Chapter president Paul Barraza will lead a short business meeting to cover chapter and ASHI business, committee reports, and upcoming educational opportunities.
7:30pm Main Speaker Thor Matteson will have a Q & A covering a range of engineering topics. (Attendees with earn an additional ASHI CE)
Thor Matteson has been a civil engineer since 1993 and a structural engineer since 1997. His books “Earthquake Strengthening for Vulnerable Homes” and “Wood-Framed Shear Wall Construction–an Illustrated Guide” are invaluable resources for contractors, engineers, and inspectors alike. He has served on several teams of engineers composing guidelines for strengthening homes to resist earthquakes, contributing to US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and California Earthquake Authority (CEA) guidelines for bracing “cripple walls” and removing dangerous chimneys.
In addition to the above, Mr. Matteson co-founded the Earthquake Bracing Academy, a non-profit organization established to teach effective earthquake strengthening methods. He also presents training sessions to private home inspectors on what to look for in earthquake retrofit systems. He also invented a Soft Story retrofit solution called the SkinnyBrace.