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STRUCTURAL COMMITTEE

To join the Structural Committee, contact the Committee Chair - Ron Kelm, P.E. 713-468-8100.

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Mission Statement

Published Papers

Active Subcommittees

Project Details

Committee Members

Temporary Construction Bracing

Mission Statement

(Revised 12/1/10)

The primary goal of the Foundation Performance Association's committee on structural design is to advance the knowledge, performance, and standards of engineering, construction, and repairs related to foundations, soils, and structures.

To achieve our goal, we will discuss various design procedures and results based on past and present experience, we will perform the necessary research and evaluate our findings, and we will summarize and publish our results for the use of all parties involved in the design, construction, inspection, repair, and maintenance of residential and other low-rise structures.

Published Papers

These papers have been peer reviewed in accordance with the FPA Peer Review Procedures

Doc.#/Date Chair/Programmer Document Title
FPA-SC-01-0
6/30/2004
George Wozny/
Michael Skoller
Foundation Design Options for Residential and Other Low-Rise Buildings on Expansive Soils
FPA-SC-02-0
11/29/2010
Al Bustamante
Test Methods for Evaluating Existing Foundations
FPA-SC-03-1
5/1/2004
Michael Skoller
Distress Phenomena Often Mistakenly Attributed to Foundation Movement
FPA-SC-04-0
4/11/2001
Ron Kelm
Recommended Practice for Geotechnical Explorations and Reports
FPA-SC-05-0
12/11/2002
Lowell Brumley
Comments on the Use of PTI Method and Suggestions for Further Research
FPA-SC-06-0
10/10/2005
John Clark
Homebuyers' Foundation Guide for Foundation Evaluation
FPA-SC-07-0
3/25/2003
Jim Austin
Foundation Maintenance and Inspection Guide for Residential and Other Low-Rise Buildings
FPA-SC-08-1
3/5/2014
Karl Breckon
Design, Manufacture, and Installation Guidelines of Precast Concrete Segmented Piles For Foundation Underpinning
FPA-SC-09-0
1/2/2013
David Dorr
Examples of Consulting Services Agreement
FPA-SC-10-1
2/20/2007
Jack Spivey
Quality Control Checklists for Foundation Inspection of Residential and Other Low-Rise Buildings
FPA-SC-11-1
7/18/2014
Michael Skoller/
Greg Carr
Specification and Application of Void Spaces Below Concrete Foundations
FPA-SC-12-0
1/9/2006
Nicole Wylie
Guidelines for Evaluating Foundation Performance by Monitoring
FPA-SC-13-1
4/11/2015
Lowell Brumley/
Michael Skoller
Guidelines for the Evaluation of Foundation Movement for Residential and Other Low-Rise Buildings
FPA-SC-13-1-Calcs
4/11/2015
Nicole Wylie
Calculation Spreadsheet for FPA-SC-13-1 (For Members Only .xlsx format)
FPA-SC-14-0
6/28/2006
Nicole Wylie
Comments on the Post-Tensioning Institute's "Design of Post-Tensioned Slabs-on-Ground" 3rd Edition
FPA-SC-15-0
11/08/2008
Karl Breckon
Foundation Construction Drawing Notes for Residential and Other Low-Rise Structures
FPA-SC-17-0
3/05/2012
Gerard Duhon
Drainage Guidelines
FPA-SC-18-0
5/15/2014
William Morfey
Standard of Care for Engineers and other Professionals Working in Texas
FPA-SC-20
02/25/2016
Gary Beck
Owner's Guide to a Better Foundation
FPA-SC-20-Flyer
02/25/2016
Gary Beck
Owner's Guide to a Better Foundation - Flyer
FPA-SC-20-Video
02/25/2016
Gary Beck
Owner's Guide to a Better Foundation - Video

(Unless otherwise noted, these papers are in an Adobe Acrobat format. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat on your computer, you can download it free from the Adobe web site.)

Active Subcommittees

Subcommitee Subcommittee Chair Status Subject
FPA-SC-16 Nicole Wylie
P
Pier Design
FPA-SC-19 Robert Burnham
H
Slab Moisture
FPA-SC-21 Michael Skoller/ Ken Sherman
P
Windstorm Checklists
FPA-SC-22 Need Chair
H
Distress Identification
FPA-SC-23 Adam Bakir
H
Crawl Spaces

Status Code:
* H=Hold, W=Writing/Working, C=Committee Review, P=Peer Review

To join the structural committee or to start a new subcommittee, please contact please contact Ron Kelm, P.E. 713-468-8100.

To join a subcommittee, please contact the subcommittee chair.

Project Details

Project # / Title
Project Mission
Project History
FPA-SC-01
Foundation Design Options for Residential and Other Low-Rise Buildings on Expansive Soils
Write and publish a paper that comprehensively describes pros and cons of the various foundation design options for residential and other low-rise buildings on expansive soils An ad hoc subcommittee was sanctioned by the committee November 1999. The paper passed FPA peer review and was published 30 Jun 04 as Revision 0. The ad hoc subcommittee with co-chairs George Wozny and Michael Skoller and members Ron Kelm, Bill Polhemus, Lowell Brumley, Jon Monteith, Mari Mes, George Cunningham, John Clark, Toshi Nobe, Nicole Wylie, Denis Hanys, and Jim Austin was then dissolved.
FPA-SC-02
Test Methods for Evaluating Existing Foundations
Write and publish a paper that describes the various testing tools available to forensic engineers and consultants for use in the evaluation of foundation performance of foundations for residential and other low-rise buildings.

An ad hoc subcommittee with chair Al Bustamante was sanctioned by the committee July 2007 and held its first meeting 7 November 07. The paper passed FPA peer review and was published 29 November 2010 as Revision 0. The ad hoc subcommittee composed of chair Al Bustamante and members Gerard Duhon, Denis Hanys, Ron Kelm, Gerald Lowe, Bob Newman, Michael Skoller, George Wozny and Nicole Wylie, was then dissolved.

FPA-SC-03
Distress Phenomena
Write and publish a paper that summarizes distress phenomena found in residential and low-rise buildings that are sometimes mistakenly attributed to being caused by foundation movement.

An ad hoc subcommittee was sanctioned by the committee October 1999. The paper passed FPA peer review and was published 1 Dec 00 as Revision 0, although it was later updated by the main committee on 13 Apr 03 again to Revision 0 but with a different title. The ad hoc subcommittee with chair Michael Skoller and members George Wozny, Ron Kelm, Jon Monteith, and Moyeen Haque was dissolved in Dec 00.

A second ad hoc subcommittee was sanctioned by the committee July 2003 to revise the paper in response to users’ comments. The revised paper passed FPA peer review and was published 1 May 04 as Revision 1. The second ad hoc subcommittee with chair Michael Skoller and members George Wozny and Ron Kelm was then dissolved.

A third ad hoc subcommittee was sanctioned by the committee in July 2014 with chair Gerard Duhon to revise the document with the goal to expand the number of distress phenomena and to add example photos for each phenomena presented. Later, after several meetings, the subcommittee decided to expand the scope and write the document for a new target audience. Because the target audience and scope for that document had changed, the Committee in December 2015 decided to allow Document No. FPA-SC-03-1 to stand and then sanctioned a new subcommittee with Chair Gerard Duhon to write and publish a new Document No. FPA-SC-22-0.

FPA-SC-04
Recommended Practice for Geotechnical Explorations and Reports
Write and publish a recommended practice that outlines minimum requirements that Geotechnical Engineers should follow when providing a geotechnical investigation and report to be used in the design of foundations for residential and other low-rise buildings An ad hoc subcommittee was sanctioned by the committee October 1999. The paper passed FPA peer review and was published 11 Apr 01 as Revision 0. The ad hoc subcommittee composed of with chair Ron Kelm and members Jon Monteith, George Wozny, Michael Skoller, and Moyeen Haque was then dissolved.
FPA-SC-05
Comments on the Use of the PTI Method And Suggestions for Further Research
Write and publish a paper that summarizes problems found in the use of the second edition of the Post-Tensioning Institute’s design manual, “Design and Construction of Post-Tensioned Slabs-on-Ground,” and provide suggestions for improvement in future editions. An ad hoc subcommittee was sanctioned by the committee October 1999. The subcommittee’s paper passed FPA peer review and was published 11 Dec 02 as Revision 0. The ad hoc subcommittee composed of chair Lowell Brumley and members Ron Kelm, Mari Mes, Jon Monteith, Michael Palmer and Michael Skoller was then dissolved.
FPA-SC-06
Homebuyers’ Guide for Foundation Evaluation
Write and publish a paper to help prepare buyers in understanding the condition of a foundation so that a more informed buying decision can be made.
An ad hoc subcommittee with chair John Clark was sanctioned by the committee November 2002. The subcommittee's paper passed FPA peer review and was published 10 October 2005 as Revision 0. The ad hoc subcommittee composed of chair John Clark and members Toshi Nobe, Jack Spivey, Ron Kelm, Nicole Wylie, Mari Mes, Michael Skoller, David Dorr, Karla Kurtanich, Michael Gray, Terry Taylor, Jim Austin, Dick Peverley, and Denis Hanys was then dissolved.
FPA-SC-07
Foundation Maintenance and Inspection Guide for Residential and Other Low-Rise Buildings
Write and publish a guide for owners and tenants of residential and other low-rise buildings to follow in order to maintain their foundations An ad hoc subcommittee was sanctioned by the committee July 2000. The subcommittee’s paper passed FPA peer review and was published 25 Mar 03 as Revision 0. The ad hoc subcommittee composed of chair Jim Austin and members John Clark, Ron Kelm, Bill Polhemus, Taylor Sealy, Michael Skoller, Jack Spivey, and George Wozny was then dissolved.
FPA-SC-08
Design, Manufacture, and Installation Guidelines of Precast Concrete Segmented Piles For Foundation Underpinning
Write and publish a guideline for procurement of the engineering, manufacture, and installation of precast concrete segmented piles that are commonly used for underpinning foundations during repair.

An ad hoc subcommittee with chair George Wozny was sanctioned by the committee January 2001. Soon after, the subcommittee went on hold for about two years until Karl Breckon was appointed by the committee to chair the subcommittee in March 2004. The subcommittee's paper passed FPA peer review and was published 17 July 2005 as Revision 0. The ad hoc subcommittee composed of chair Karl Breckon and members George Wozny, Ron Kelm, Michael Skoller, Bill Polhemus, Dan Jaggers, Lowell Brumley, Mari Mes, David Dorr, Nicole Wylie, and Bob Newman was then dissolved.

A second ad hoc subcommittee was sanctioned by the committee May 2012 with the goal of updating the paper to Rev. 1 to comply with current industry codes and standards. The revised paper passed FPA peer review and was published 5 Mar 14 as Revision 1. The second ad hoc subcommittee with chair Karl Breckon and members Ron Kelm, Michael Skoller, Dan Jaggers, Nicole Wylie, Stephen Newberry, Gerard Duhon, JR Hernandez, Jim Dutton and Steve Schilder was then dissolved

FPA-SC-09
Examples of Consulting Services Agreement

Write and publish a paper that offers contract examples that can be used by a consultant to develop a standardized agreement in typical consulting projects . 

An ad hoc subcommittee # FPA-SC-15 with chair Karl Breckon was sanctioned by the committee September 2005. The subcommittee attempted to address the subject of design contracts along with design specifications. In October 2006, the Structural Committee decided to break the design contracts portion into a separate subcommittee no. FPA-SC-09 with David Dorr as chair.  The paper was submitted into peer review in December 2011.

The subcommittee's paper passed FPA peer review and was published 2 January 2013 as Revision 0. The ad hoc subcommittee composed of chair David Dorr and members, Ron Kelm, Michael Skoller and Rob Riedel was then dissolved.

FPA-SC-10
Quality Control Checklists for Foundation Inspection of Residential and Other Low-Rise Buildings
Write and publish quality control checklists that can be used in the construction of various parts of foundations to improve the quality of construction.

An ad hoc subcommittee was sanctioned by the committee May 2001. The subcommittee’s paper passed FPA peer review and was published 9 Oct 03 as Revision 0. The ad hoc subcommittee composed of chair Jack Spivey and members Ron Kelm, Jon Monteith, Michael Skoller, Terry Taylor, Mari Mes, Mike Palmer, Lowell Brumley, George Wozny, Dan Jaggers, and Toshi Nobe was then dissolved.

On 27 Jan 05, the committee voted to form a new ad hoc subcommittee, again chaired by Jack Spivey in order to update the current quality control checklists and to add at least two new checklists to the paper.The subcommittee's paper passed FPA peer review and was published 19 Feb 07 as Revision 1. The ad hoc subcommittee composed of chair Jack Spivey and members  Michael Skoller, Ron Kelm, Mari Mes, Dan Jaggers, Jon Monteith, and Dick Peverley was then dissolved.

FPA-SC-11
Specification and Application of Void Spaces below Isolated Concrete Foundations

Write and publish a paper that provides guidance in the design, specification, and installation of void space systems under residential, commercial, light industrial, and civil structure Foundations, typically called lightly loaded Foundations, which are built on expansive soil.

An ad hoc subcommittee was sanctioned by the committee May 2005 with subcommittee chair Michael Skoller. The subcommittee's paper passed FPA peer review and was published 11 November 2007 as Revision 0.  The ad hoc subcommittee composed of chair Michael Skoller and members, Mike Turner, Ron Kelm, Mohamed Moussaoui, Al Maceiras, Mari Mes, Jim Austin, and Karl Breckon was then dissolved.

A second ad hoc subcommittee was sanctioned by the committee September 2012 in order to update the Rev. 0 paper with recent changes in the isolated foundations industry.  The subcommittee's paper passed FPA peer review and was published 18 July 2014 as Revision 1. The ad hoc subcommittee composed of co-chairs Michael Skoller and Greg Carr and members, Ron Kelm, Larry Lanz, Rob Riedel, Mike Turner and Nicole Wylie was then dissolved.

FPA-SC-12
Guidelines for Evaluating Foundation Performance by Monitoring
Write and publish a recommended practice for forensic engineers and consultants to follow when performing monitoring of foundations as part of forensic investigations.

An ad hoc subcommittee with chair Ron Kelm was sanctioned by the committee October 2003. The subcommittee went on hold shortly afterwards until Nicole Wylie took over the chair in June 2005. The subcommittee's paper passed FPA peer review and was published 9 January 2006 as Revision 0.

The ad hoc subcommittee composed of chair Nicole Wylie and members, Ron Kelm, Dick Peverley, Michael Skoller, Gary Boyd, Dan Jaggers, and Mari Mes was then dissolved.

FPA-SC-13
Foundation Performance Guidelines for Residential and Other Low-Rise Buildings
Write and publish guidelines for the forensic evaluation of foundation movement for residential and other low-rise buildings using the FPC-201-97, FPC-201-99, FPC-201-2001 and FPA-201-2001 papers as a starting point.

An ad hoc subcommittee with chair Lowell Brumley was sanctioned by the committee in February 2003. The subcommittee's paper passed FPA peer review and was published 15 July 2007 as Revision 0, under the title, "Guidelines for the Evaluation of Foundation Movement for Residential and Other Low-Rise Buildings" along with a Calculation Spreadsheet for FPA-SC-13-0 (for Members Only). The ad hoc subcommittee with chair Lowell Brumley and members John Clark, Michael Gray, Denis Hanys, Dan Jaggers, Mari Mes, Ron Kelm, Dick Peverley, Michael Skoller and Nicole Wylie was then dissolved.

A second ad hoc subcommittee was sanctioned by the committee August 2012 with the subcommittee co-chairs Lowell Brumley and Michael Skoller in order to update the Rev.0 paper to current industry standards. The subcommittee is open to new members and plans to have its paper in peer review in the Fall of 2014.

A second ad hoc subcommittee was sanctioned by the committee August 2012 with the subcommittee chair Lowell Brumley and later adding co-chair Michael Skoller in order to update the Rev. 0 paper to current industry standards. The subcommittee's revised document passed FPA peer review and was published 11 April 2015 as Revision 1 under the title, "Guidelines for the Evaluation of Foundation Movement for Residential and Other Low-Rise Buildings" along with a Calculation Spreadsheet for FPA-SC-13-1, which is non-peer reviewed software offered for FPA members only. 

The revised document was presented to the FPA in May 2015 by co-chair Lowell Brumley after which the ad hoc subcommittee composed of co-chairs Lowell Brumley and Michael Skoller, and members Gary Boyd, Darrell Bowles, Gerard Duhon, Rick Hale, Denis Hanys, J R Hernandez, Dan Jaggers, Ron Kelm, Stephen Newberry and Nicole Wylie was then dissolved.

FPA-SC-14
Comments on the Post-Tensioning Institute's "Design of Post-Tensioned Slabs-on-Ground" 3rd Edition
Write and publish a paper that summarizes problems found in the use of the third edition of the Post-Tensioning Institute's design manual, "Design and Construction of Post-Tensioned Slabs-on-Ground," and provide suggestions for improvement in future editions. An ad hoc subcommittee with chair Nicole Wylie was sanctioned by the committee March 2004. In April 2006 the subcommittee's paper was submitted into FPA peer review and was also sent to several PTI Slab-on-Ground Committee members. The subcommittee's paper passed FPA peer review and was published 28 June 2006 as Revision 0. The ad hoc subcommittee composed of chair Nicole Wylie and members, Mari Mes, Lowell Brumley, Ron Kelm, Michael Skoller, Jim Austin, and Mohamed Moussaoui was then dissolved.
FPA-SC-15
Foundation Construction Drawing Notes for Residential and Other Low-Rise Structures
Write and publish a paper that gives foundation design engineers guidelines for writing standard design notes for use on design drawings.  An ad hoc subcommittee with chair Karl Breckon was sanctioned by the committee September 2005. The subcommittee attempted to address the subject of design contracts along with design notes. In October 2006, the Structural Committee decided to break the design contracts portion into a separate subcommittee (FPA-SC-09). In June 2008 the paper was issued for FPA peer review. The paper passed FPA peer review and was published 8 November 2008 as Revision 0. The ad hoc subcommittee composed of chair Karl Breckson and members, Ron Kelm, Michael Skoller, Mari Mes, David Dorr, Charles Jenkins, and Nicole Wylie was then dissolved.
FPA-SC-16
Design Procedure for Drilled Concrete Piers in Expansive Soil

Write and publish a paper and spreadsheet software that gives foundation and geotechical design engineers a design method to estimate matric suction and corresponding concrete pier dimensions where expansive soils exist and no suction and hydrometer testing is available.

An ad hoc subcommittee with chair Nicole Wylie was sanctioned by the committee March 2012. The document is planned to be in peer review in Winter 2016/2017.
FPA-SC-17
Drainage Guidelines
Write and publish a paper that gives engineers, architects, developers, builders, owners, inspectors and code officials comprehensive guidelines for establishing good drainage techniques in and around foundations to improve foundation performance. An ad hoc subcommittee with chair Gerard Duhon was sanctioned by the committee March 2009. In October 2011 the paper was issued for FPA peer review. The paper passed FPA peer review and was published 5 March 2012  as Revision 0. Gerard Duhon presented the paper to the general FPA membership on 14 March 2012. The ad hoc subcommittee composed of chair Gerard Duhon and members, Kumar Arya, Gary Beck, Francisco Carrillo, Dan Jaggers, Ron Kelm, Mike Qaddumi, Michael Skoller and Nicole Wylie was then dissolved.
FPA-SC-18
Standard of Care for Engineers and Other Professionals Working in Texas.

Write and publish a guideline providing the user with tools to identify the relevant standard of care for Texas Professionals in a given situation.

An ad hoc subcommittee was sanctioned by the committee February 2010 with attorney Bob Newman as chair. Before the subcommittee was able to hold its first meeting, Mr. Newman fell ill and relinquished his chair position. Attorney William Morfey was approved by the committee in July 2010 and accepted the chair position. The subcommittee held its first meeting in September 2010, passed peer review and published its paper as Revision 0 on 15 May 2014. The ad hoc subcommittee composed of chair William Morfey and members Adam Bakir, Francisco Carrillo, David Karimi, Ron Kelm, Lucas Mauro, Michael Skoller, Robert Taylor, Raghu Dass, and Andrew Martin was then dissolved.

FPA-SC-19
Guideline for Design and Evaluation of Concrete Slab-on-Ground to Receive Moisture Sensitive Flooring

Develop a guideline for the design of new concrete slab-on-ground and evaluation of existing concrete slab on ground to receive moisture sensitive flooring specifically related to moisture problems.

An ad hoc subcommittee with chair Al Bustamante was sanctioned by the committee in September 2014. The subcommittee is open to new members and plans to begin meeting by Spring 2016. 

FPA-SC-20
Owner’s Guide to a Better Foundation

Write guidelines to educate and assist home and low-rise building owners to achieve good performance from their foundations.

An ad hoc subcommittee with chair Gary Beck was sanctioned by the committee in April 2013. Gary Beck presented the paper to the general FPA membership on 13 January 2016. The paper passed FPA peer review and was published 25 February 2015  as Revision 0. The  ad hoc subcommittee composed of chair Gary Beck and members Adam Bakir, Gerard Duhon, Jim Dutton, Dan Jaggers, Ron Kelm, and Michael Skoller was then dissolved.

FPA-SC-21
Quality Control Checklists for Windstorm Design and Construction Reviews of Buildings
Write and publish checklists to be used by licensed professional engineers in Texas who are signing off on the design and construction of new residential and other low-rise buildings in the windstorm counties as specified by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI).

An ad hoc subcommittee with chair Michael Skoller was sanctioned by the committee January 2011 and later added co-chair Ken Sherman. The design checklists portion of the document underwent a preliminary peer review in 2014 and the entire document is planned to be submitted to peer review by Summer 2016.

FPA-SC-22
Identification and Causes of Distress Phenomena in Buildings
Write guidelines to educate and assist forensic engineers and other professionals and publish a document that shows the user how to properly identify all distress phenomena and the causes of the phenomena.  

In July 2014 the committee sanctioned an ad hoc subcommittee with chair Gerard Duhon to update document no. FPA-SC-03-1, "Distress Phenomena Often Mistakenly Attributed to Foundation Movement" from Rev. 1 to Rev. 2.  After multiple meetings the subcommittee decided to enlarge the scope and write and publish a new peer-reviewed document for a different target audience. Because the target audience and scope for that document had changed, the committee in December 2015 decided to allow Document No. FPA-SC-03-1 to stand as previously published and sanctioned a new subcommittee with Chair Gerard Duhon to write and publish a new peer-reviewed guideline document. The new document is in committee and will not likely be submitted into peer review until sometime in 2017. The subcommittee is open to new members.

FPA-SC-23
Design, Inspection and Repair of Crawl Space Foundations
Write guidelines to educate and assist engineers, inspectors, contractors and other professionals in designing, building, inspecting and repairing of crawl space foundations. In January 2016 the committee sanctioned an ad hoc subcommittee with chair Adam Bakir and co-chair Gerard Duhon to draft and publish a peer-reviewed guideline document. The new document is being drafted and is scheduled to go into committee in mid Summer 2016 and will not likely be submitted into peer review until late 2017 or thereafter. The subcommittee is open to new members.

Committee Members
For a printable a copy of the committee members, click the button below:

Under current structural committee rules, committee members are considered active if they regularly participate in the main monthly structural committee meetings or in one of its subcommittee meetings and do not become inactive for three or more months.

Active Committee Members: 54


Abdullah, Imad  AIA 
Landmark Architects Inc.
2500 West Loop South
Houston TX 77056

Tel: 713-783-2991
Email: Imad@LandmarkArchitectsInc.com
Abu-Shaaban, Ahmed  M.  P.E. 
Sigma Engineering
8554 Katy Freeway, Suite 340
Houston TX 77024

Tel: 713-461-8584
Fax: 713-465-7479
Email: ahmed@thinksigma.com
Acun, Bora  Ph.D.   P.E. 
DARAM ENGINEERS, INC.
5420 Dashwood St., Suite 206
Houston TX 77081

Tel: (832) 494-2516
Fax: (832) 494-2416
Email: BAcun@daram.com
Austin, James  E.  P.E. 
James Austin Engineering, Inc.
13201 Northwest Fjwy Suie 800
Houston TX 77040

Tel: 713-864-4471
Fax: 713 864-6037
Email: jaustininc@aol.com
Bache, Steve  P.E. 
Home of Texas
1861 Apache Drive
Montgomery TX 77316

Tel: 936-525-9718
Email: bache@consolidated.net
Bakir, Adam  A.  P.E. 
Incredible Renovations
5814 Winsome Lane
Houston TX 77057

Tel: 281-536-9944
Fax: 7139524925
Email: adam@incrediblerenovations.com
Beck, Gary  E  P.E.  SECB 
ECO-Holdings LLC
4010 Blue Bonnet Blvd., Ste. 114
Houston TX 77025

Tel: 713-377-4209
Fax: 832-201-5338
Email: gbeck@texasengineer.com
Bentley, Timothy  P.E. 
Bentley Windstorm Engineering
2605 CR 197
Alvin TX 77511

Tel: 832-315-1937
Fax: 281-864-4582
Email: bentleywindstorm@gmail.com
Boswell, Barry  P.E. 
Bay Area Engineering, LLC
P. O. Box 428
Fulshear TX 77441

Tel: 713-202-8891
Email: barry@bayareaengineering.com
Bowles, Darrell  P.E. 
Darrell Bowles, P.E., Consulting Engineer
13003 Stancliff Oaks St.
Sugar Land TX 77478
USA

Tel: 713-854-4562
Email: dtbowles@sbcglobal.net
Breckon, Karl  P.E. 
BEC Engineers and Consultants
3200 Wilcrest Drive, Suite 440
Houston TX 77042

Tel: 832-240-3771
Fax: 832-240-2724
Email: kbreckon@becengineer.com
Web Site: www.becengineer.com
Brooks, Benjamin  P.E. 
Patriot Court Systems Inc
9215 Solon, suite B-1
Houston TX 77064

Tel: 281-890-1858
Fax: 281-580-6663
Email: patriotcourtsystems@gmail.com
Brumley, Lowell  P.E. 
TRI-TECH ENGINEERING, LP
10401 Westoffice Drive
Houston TX 77042

Tel: 713-667-0800
Fax: 713-667-4262
Email: lbrumley@tritechtx.com
Burnham, Robert  AIA 
RWBA
9842 Rollinson Park Drive
Spring TX 77379-5255

Tel: (281) 651-4276
Email: RWBA@comcast.net
Carr, Greg 
Best Base Foundation Systems
6800 McNeil Drive, Suite 314
Austin TX 78729

Tel: 925-336-6366
Email: gregorylcarr@msn.com
Carrillo, Francisco  P.E. 
JFC Engineering, PLLC
11230 Huggins Dr
Houston TX 77035

Tel: 713-828-7940
Fax: 713-283-7639
Email: jfcarrillo@jfcengineering.com
Clark, Chris 
Eric L. Davis Engineering, Inc.
25132 Oakhurst Drive
Spring TX 77386

Tel: (281) 863-9420
Email: cclark@eldengineering.com
Clark, John  M.  P.E. 
Clark Engineers, Inc.
663 Guildford Park
Conroe TX 77302

Tel: 936-273-6200
Fax: 936-273-6287
Email: jmc@clark-engineers.com
Web Site: www.clark-engineers.com
Coleman, Ebow  Ph.D.  P.E. 
C3S, Inc.
7100 Regency Square Blvd., Ste. 245
Houston TX 77036

Tel: 713-432-9200
Fax: (713) 432-7976
Email: info@c3sinc.com
Web Site: www.c3sinc.com
Cunningham, George  P.E. 
Cunningham Engineering Co
3111 Sackett St.
Houston TX 77098

Tel: 713-201-2115
Fax: 713-526-7270
Email: rgcengr@aol.com
Dass, Raghu  Ph.D.  P.E. 
Providence

Houston TX 77095

Tel: 281-758-8044
Email: rdass47@yahoo.com
Douglass, Kenneth  L  P.E. 
Eric L. Davis Engineering, Inc.
25132 Oakhurst Dr
Spring  TX 77386

Tel: 281-808-7071
Email: kend@eldengineering.com
Duhon, Gerard  P.E. 
12402 Copperfield Dr
Houston TX 77031

Tel: 281-788-7393
Fax: 281-495-7912
Email: iamgerardj@yahoo.com
Dutton, Jim 
Du-West Foundation Repair
510 W. Pasadena Fwy.
Pasadena TX 77506

Tel: (713) 473-7156
Fax: (713) 473-7359
Email: jim@du-west.com
Dutton, Kenny 
Du-West Foundation Repair
510 W. Pasadena Freeway
Pasadena TX 77056

Tel: 713-473-7156
Fax: 713-473-7359
Email: kenny@du-west.com
Erickson, Brian  P.E. 
The Interfield Group
401 Studewood, Suite 300
Houston TX 77007

Tel: 713-780-0909
Fax: 713-780-8550
Email: bde2270@gmail.com
Gonzalez, Juan  E.I.T. 
UNITED STRUCTURAL CONSULTING
13923 Crow Ridge Ct.
Cypress TX 77429

Tel: 832-654-6117
Email: jgonzalez@solutions-pt.com
Gulilat, Kifle  P.E. 
Consultant
15022 Torry Pines Rd.
Houston TX 77062

Tel: 832-446-7899
Email: kifle.guli@gmail.com
Hernandez, Jose  (J.R.)  P.E. 
Church Services
1260 Brittmoore Road
Houston TX 77043

Tel: 832-863-9699
Email: replatino@msn.com
Jha, Vijay  K.  PhD  PE 
Quartet Engineers, PLLC
1839 Harland Drive
Houston TX 77055

Tel: 832-407-7077
Fax: 713-583-8036
Email: vijay.jha@quartet-eng.com
Kelm, Ron  P.E. 
Forensic Engineers Inc.
9930 Shadow Wood Dr
Houston TX 77080

Tel: 713-468-8100
Fax: 713-468-8184
Email: ronkelm@forensiceng.com
Kelm, Michael 
401 Studewood, Suite 300
Houston TX 77007

Tel: 832-293-3293
Email: michaelpkelm@gmail.com
Lanz, Larry  P.E. 
ALLIANCE LABORATORIES
5650 Guhn Road, Ste 118
Houston TX 77040
US

Tel: 713-471-3210
Fax: 713-934-8905
Email: llanz@alliancelabs.net
Lira, Jose  P.E. 
Las Hacienda's Design
PO BOX 38892
Houston TX 77238

Tel: 281-781-3643
Email: jdlira@hdeplans.com
Lytton, Robert  L.  Ph.D.   P.E. 
Texas A&M University
2108 Barak Lane
Bryan TX 77802

Tel: 976-845-8211
Email: r-lytton@civil.tamu.edu
McDaniel, Bryan 
13047 Perthshire
Houston TX 77079

Tel: 832-643-5993
Email: bmcdaniel@innovative-structural.com
McKerall, Will  P.E. 
Structural Health Data Systems
C/O Baylor University BRIC
Waco Tx 76704
United States

Tel: 254-292-9763
Email: mckerall@gmail.com
McReynolds, John 
Construction Defect Consultants, Inc.
2315 Rosefield
Houston TX 77080

Tel: 713-461-7181
Fax: 713-583-9920
Email: john@homedefectexpert.com
Morfey, William 
Zimmermen, Axelrad, Meyer, Stein & Wise, PC
3040 Post Oak Blvd.,
Houston TX 77056

Tel: 713-552-1234
Fax: 713-963-0859
Email: wmorfey@zimmerlaw.com
Naderi, Nader  P.E. 
2006 whitebriar dr
deer park TX 77536

Tel: 281- 299- 5114
Fax: (713) 947-6609
Email: nnaderi77536@comcast.net
Nelson, Belva Ann 
Nelson Construction and Foundation Repair, Inc.
1920 W. Main Street
Baytown TX 77520
United States

Tel: 713-473-2382
Fax: 281-428-7379
Email: nelsonslabrepair@aol.com
Qaddumi, Mike  P.E. 
The Interfield Group
401 Studewood, Suite 300
Houston TX 77007

Tel: 713-780-0909
Fax: 713-780-8550
Email: mfq@interfield.net
Riedel, Rob  P.E. 
Riedel Engineering, LLC
8938 Finnery Drive
Tomball TX 77375

Tel: 832-860-3644
Email: rob@riedelengr.com
Schilder, Steve  P.E. 
SMS Engineering
P.O. Box 927
Katy TX  77492

Tel: 281-391-8021
Email: steve@smsengr.com
Web Site: www.smsengr.com
Sherman, Ken  P.E. 
RCI ENGINEERING INC.
110 Heather Lane, Ste. 101
Lake Jackson TX 77566

Tel: 979-265-4555
Fax: 979-265-4554
Email: ksherman@rciengineeringtx.com
Skoller, Michael  A.  P.E. 
National Structural Engineering
2020 North Loop W, Ste. 230
Houston TX 77018-8103

Tel: 713-956-2094
Email: michael@structural.nu
Web Site: www.structural.nu
Stanley, Cherri  P.E. 
CDS Engineering
6410 Terrell Dr.
Pearland TX 77584

Tel: 713-826-5655
Email: cherristanley@gmail.com
Sullivan, Tilton  P.E. 
Pyramid Structural Engineers
17630 Pattiglen Drive
Houston TX 77084

Tel: 832-326-7770
Fax: 281-463-6073
Email: tfsulliv@yahoo.com
Taylor, Robert   P.E.  A.I.A. 
Chelsea Architects
3200 SW Freeway #2121
Houston TX 77027

Tel: 713-621-5599
Fax: 713-621-5816
Email: taylor@cpdhouston.com
Tomlinson, Richard  P.E. 
Gulf Project Solutions, LLC
PO Box 580561
Houston TX 77258

Tel: 281-989-6788
Fax: 281-326-3750
Email: tomlinsonr@earthlink.net
Tovar, Peter 
David Alexander Homes, Inc.
340 N Sam Houston Pkwy. East, Ste. A110A
Houston TX 77060

Tel: (832) 286-8432
Email: petertovar@gmail.com
Wozny, George  T.  P.E. 
KCI Technologies, Inc.
801 Travis Street
Houston TX 77002

Tel: 832-443-3195
Fax: 713-680-0738
Email: george.wozny@kci.com
Wylie, Nicole  P.E. 
Forensic Engineers Inc.
9930 Shadow Wood Dr.
Houston TX 77080-7110

Tel: 713-320-5422
Fax: 713-468-8184
Email: nicole@forensiceng.com
Yang, Jun  P.E. 
1611 Warwickshire
Houston tx 77077

Tel: 832-282-7446
Email: junyang7477@gmail.com

Temporary Construction Bracing

After multiple roundtable discussions during 2014 - 2015 addressing recent framing failures of 3 - 5 story wood-framed residences during construction, at the FPA-SC-Monthly meeting in April 2015 the committee set forth its opinion encouraging structural framing design engineers to add a note to their framing design drawings for residences and other wood-framed structures that are greater than 2 stories in height, thereby advising the building contractor of the limits of their design as follows:

Temporary Bracing is not the responsibility of the Engineer of Record.  The structural elements contained in the engineering plans for this project were designed by the Engineer of Record to resist the code specified loads that could occur in the final completed structure only. The contractor, not the engineer of record, is responsible for providing the design and construction of all temporary construction bracing needed to maintain safety during construction until all architectural and structural elements are completed as detailed on the design drawings.

The committee decided to post this note on the FPA-SC webpage until such time it decides to revise its FPA-SC-15-0 document, “Foundation Construction Drawing Notes for Residential and Other Low-Rise Structures” and include the above note in that revision.

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