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Roof Inspector Training Course back by popular demand

Roof Inspector Training Course back by popular demand


The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), SAQA-registered Professional Body for the engineered timber construction industry, will be hosting another Roof Inspector Training Course at its head office in Isando from 21-23 November 2017.

The course aims to enable any technical person to conduct roof inspections with knowledge and insight, and registered persons to sign off roofs on their own, knowing that they speak with authority. The course has been accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for 3 CPD points.

Course outline:

Tuesday 21 November

08:00  Registration at ITC-SA, 6 Hulley Road, Isando
08:30  Basic Roof Terminology, including:

  • Rafters, tiebeams, webs
  • Gables, hips
  • Truncated hips, true span
  • Overhangs, cantilevers
  • Prefabricated/bolted methods

10:00  Tea/coffee
10:20  Basics of timber design, including loading, and information of relevant codes. Permissible stress and limit state loading explained. Tributary loading.
12:30  Finger lunch provided
13:30  Bracing in roofs in general: difference in lightly loaded versus heavily loaded roofs. Experience from the field through slides and pictures.
15:00  Explanation of the roofing industry in South Africa: who the players are, who is responsible for what. Short intro of ITC-SA by Amanda Obbes, National Coordinator.
16:00  End of Day 1

Wednesday 22 November

08:30  Rafter bracing: why necessary different systems of bracing, study standard bracing details
10:00  Tea/coffee 
10:20  Tiebeam and web bracing: standard bracing details, case studies of failures with pictures
12:30  Finger lunch provided
13:30  Discussion of paperwork required. Discuss who is responsible for paperwork.
14:45  Site visit to a timber roof under construction. On-site guidance and discussion (bring own hard hats and closed shoes).
16:00  End of Day 2

Thursday 23 November

08:30  Site visit to a different site to see a timber roof in distress and the effects of ineffective bracing (bring own hard hats and closed shoes).
10:00  Tea/coffee
10:20  Discussion of site observations
11:00  Discussion of ethics in regard roof inspection
11:30  Discussion of making a business from roof inspections
12:00  Questions and answers
12:30  Finger lunch included
13:30  Slide show of non-compliant roofs and the consequences
14:30  Non-compulsory written evaluation (certificates for successful candidates will be awarded)

Note: candidates wishing to obtain certificates will be assessed continually over the course during discussions and especially during the two site visits. All candidates will receive the ITC-SA manuals for roof inspections.

Delegates to preferably have a year or more of post-matric education with science and mathematics, matric with involvement in roofs or Recognised Prior Learning (RPL). Engineers who are interested in expanding their knowledge and expertise in timber roof structures will greatly benefit from this informative course.

For bookings and to request a VAT invoice please email Hilary Booth at Roof Inspection Services at hillybilly@roofinspections.co.za. The Roof Inspector Training Course will be hosted at the ITC-SA’s head office (SAFCA Building, 6 Hulley Road, Isando) from 21-23 November 2017, from 08:00 to 16:00 each day. The cost is R5500 excl. VAT per delegate.

Disclaimer: Note that, while every attempt will be made to give attendees a thorough education in roof inspection, Roof Inspection Services do not commit to employ anyone as a roof inspector.

Source: ITC-SA

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