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The Importance of Unbonded Field Certification

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Having certified personnel is a requirement in ACI-318 for post-tensioned concrete structures. The PTI Unbonded Post-tensioning Certification Program is one way to satisfy this construction requirement.

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The Importance of Unbonded Field Certification

  1. 1. Importance of Unbonded FieldPersonnel Certification Neel Khosa AMSYSCO, Inc. Chair of PTI Unbonded PT Field Personnel Certification Committee (UFPC) (CRT-30)
  2. 2. Why should Structural Engineers want PTI-Certified personnel ??? Satisfies ACI-318 Requirement Durability of Post-Tensioned Structure Better Value for the Owner
  3. 3. ACI-318 Building Code RequirementFor Structural Concrete“Requires that post-tensioning installation beperformed by individuals certified by an independenttraining and certification program.”
  4. 4. Recommended language for Project SpecificationInstallation shall be performed by individualsholding a current certificate as a PTI CertifiedInstaller – Level 1 Unbonded Post-Tensioning FieldInstallation, or approved equal.
  5. 5. Recommended language for Project SpecificationAll post-tensioning work shall be supervised by thePT Installer’s superintendent, who shall have acurrent Level 2 Unbonded Post-TensioningIronworker certification, or approved equal.
  6. 6. Why should Contractors and Installers want PTI-Certified personnel ??? Project Benefit • Quality Control • Improved Productivity • Improved Profitability Safety Benefit • Risk Reduction Individual Benefit • Earn Professional Development (PDH/CEUs) • Increased Knowledge
  7. 7. Value PropositionCertifying a crew of 10 ironworkers (Level 2 UPTIronworker) costs $5,500.Having a concrete blowout due to reversecurvature could cost the project at least $16,000(excluding schedule delay costs).
  8. 8. Testimonials“PTI Certified Installers are critical to ensuringproject stakeholders a quality end product. Thetraining and certification of the installers isparamount to the performance and safety ofpost-tensioned concrete.”- Dean Locher : Corna-Kokosing Construction
  9. 9. Testimonials“Post-tensioning is a wonderful tool forstructural engineers but apprehension related toinstallation challenges still remains in themarketplace. Having PTI-certified installers onour projects not only gives us the confidencethat our designs are implemented asenvisioned, but also that the intended durabilityof our design is being provided.“- Carl Schneeman, Walker Parking Consultants
  10. 10. Unbonded Post-Tensioning (UPT) CertificationLevel 1 UPT – Field InstallationLevel 1 & 2 UPT – InspectorLevel 1 & 2 UPT – Ironworker• Accelerated CourseSlab-on-Ground Installer – Stressor
  11. 11. Level 1 UPT Field Installation• Registration Prerequisites: None• 2 Day Workshop – Intro to Unbonded PT (UPT) for Superstructures – Offered in English and Spanish• Certification Requirements: – Workshop Attendance – Exam Score: 70% or better – Work Experience: None
  12. 12. Level 1 & 2 UPT Inspector• Registration Prerequisites: None• 3 Day Workshop – 2 days of Level 1 UPT Field – 1 day of Inspector• Certification Requirements: – Workshop Attendance – Exam Score: 80% or better – Work Experience: 500 Hours (inspect/install)
  13. 13. Level 1 & 2 UPT Ironworker• Registration Prerequisites: – Current Level 1 UPT Field certification – And 500 hours in last 5 years (50 hours stressing) OR – 4000 hours work experience – Of which 200 hours of stressing OR – 2000 hours work experience in last 5 years – Of which 100 hours of stressing
  14. 14. Level 1 & 2 UPT Ironworker• 2 ½ Day Workshop – Accelerated Course – Hands-on Training• Certification Requirements: – Workshop Attendance – Exam Score: 80% or better – Work Experience: 2000 hours in last 5 years – Valid Affidavit needed to prove experience
  15. 15. Slab-on-Ground Installer Stressor• Registration Prerequisites: None• 2 Day Workshop – Intro to Unbonded PT (UPT) for Slab-on-Ground• Certification Requirements – Workshop Attendance – Exam Score: 70% or better – Work Experience: 500 Hours (inspect/install)
  16. 16. Online Renewal Exams• Go to http://post-tensioning.org/category/x_zEY2l3kPT/Online%20Re-Certification• Answer 60 questions.• Level 1 renewed if 70% answered correctly.• Level 2 renewed if 80% answered correctly.• If successful, then Certification extended by 4 years.
  17. 17. Online Directory• Certification lasts 4 years.• Searchable Public Directory• Individuals Information – Certification ID – Active Certifications – Expiration Dates http://www.post-tensioning.org/cert_person.php
  18. 18. Online Directory
  19. 19. 2012 Workshop ScheduleTYPE DATE LOCATIONL1 Field May 5-6 Nashville, TN June 9-10 Miami, FL July 7-8 Seattle, WA September 8-9 Memphis, TN October 13-14 Ontario, California November 10-11 Atlanta, GASOG Stressor June 9-10 Ontario, CaliforniaL1+L2 Inspector June 22-24 Denver, CO July 27-29 Las Vegas, NV September 21-23 Houston, TX
  20. 20. Special Request Workshop• Onsite training.• Eliminate travel expenses.• All UPT Certifications offered.• Contact PTI Certification Director for more info. – Miroslav Vejvoda – miroslav.vejvoda@post-tensioning.org
  21. 21. The Presenters…Chuck Adams Thomas MathewsJim Beicker Clint MuellerThomas Helm Douglas SchlegelLarry Krauser Charlie SkarbrevikKris Kriofske Randy Spoon Miroslav Vejvoda
  22. 22. THANK YOUFrom your friends in CRT-30 (UFPC)Unbonded PT Field Personnel Certification Committee

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