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Chapter 2 Definitions & Abbreviations

CHAPTER 2 DEFINITIONS AND ABBREVIATIONS

SICC-201 DEFINITIONS

The following words and terms shall, for the purposes of this SICC-2007, have the meanings shown in this chapter. Terms not defined in this SICC-2007 shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the NCSBC and IBC.

Completion letter. 1. A certification by the SIER which shall indicate that the construction elements subject to special inspections as identified in the County approved statement of special inspections for a specific material or phase of construction have been inspected prior to concealment, and in the SIER's professional opinion and to the best of the SIER's knowledge, complies with County approved documents and project specifications. A completion letter shall carry the original signature and seal of the SIER making the statement. Fabrication and erection documents. All of the written, graphic and pictorial documents prepared or assembled after issuance of a building permit and in addition to the County approved construction documents, describing the design, location and physical characteristics of the building components or materials necessary for fabrication, assembly or erection of the elements of the project. Final report of special inspections. A certification by the SIER which shall indicate that all construction elements subject to special inspections as identified in the County approved statement of special inspections for all materials or phases of construction have been inspected prior to concealment, and in the SIER's professional opinion and to the best of the SIER's knowledge, a construction project complies with County approved documents and project specifications. The final report of special inspections shall carry the original signature and seal of the SIER making the statement. Inspection and testing agency. An established and recognized agency or agencies, meeting the requirements of ASTM E 329 and accredited, retained by the Owner, independent of the contractors performing the work subject to special inspections, and approved by CCBSD to perform special inspections and materials testing required by the NCSBC, IBC and this SICC-2007. See IBC-1702.1 Approved agency. Pre-engineered structural elements. Structural elements specified by the SER but which may be designed by a specialty RDP. Examples are items such as open web steel joists and joist girders; wood trusses; combination wood, metal and plywood joists; precast concrete elements; prefabricated wood or metal buildings; tilt-up concrete panel reinforcement and lifting hardware. Primary structural system. The combination of elements which serve to support the weight of the building's structural shell, the applicable live loads based upon use and occupancy, and wind, snow, thermal and seismic environmental loads. Items such as curtain wall members, nonloadbearing walls, or exterior facades are not part of the primary structural system. Secondary structural elements. Building elements that are structurally significant for the function they serve but are not necessary for stability of the primary structure. Examples include: support beams above the primary roof structure which carry a chiller; elevator support rails and beams; retaining walls independent of the primary building; flagpole or light pole foundations; false work required for the erection of the primary structural system; steel stairs or railings; etc., not fully specified on the County approved construction documents. Special inspection. Inspection or testing of building components requiring special expertise to “ensure” compliance with County approved documents and NCSBC requirements. In this context, “ensure” means “substantiate”. See also NCSBC-1702.1 Special inspection. Special inspections engineer of record (SIER). Referred to as “Special inspector” in NCSBC, the RDP who is directly responsible for special inspections, materials testing and related

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