Reliant Testing Engineers Materials Testing and Deputy Inspection
Reliant Testing Engineers, Inc.October 2011
Featured Projects
Prologis Carson

Carson Distribution Rendering 



Carson Distribution Facility
271,000 sq.ft. Tilt-up 


Capelin Distribution Center

272,000 sq.ft.


Terra Francesco Distribution Center 

414,000 sq.ft. 

Structural Engineer

Kramer Engineering

HPA, Inc. 


Services Provided 

Construction Inspection

Materials Testing
Floor Flatness 



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Significance of Special Inspection
History and Intent of Special Inspection
special inspection


     The building code has required special inspections since the 1955 code. Following the 1971 San Fernando earthquake, engineers determined that some of the structural damage from the earthquake was the result of a lack of construction conformance with the drawings. It was decided that the code provisions for special inspection needed to be strengthened and expanded. The new language strengthening inspection requirements was added to the 1976 edition of the Uniform Building Code. Chapter 17 of the current building code provides procedures and criteria for test materials and the requirement for special inspections of structural assemblies. In addition, the code prohibits the contractor from hiring the Special Inspectors.


Awareness of Code Requirements:

     Many owners and contractors are aware of Special Inspections, but are not always aware of the specific requirements outlined in Chapter 17 of the building code. Owners are often surprised when presented the proposal for Special Inspecting services. Special inspections provide a means of quality assurance. In other words, the special inspector is the 'eyes in the field' for the owner and engineer and the inspector's job is to provide some degree of insurance that the owner is getting what he paid for. Typically, construction materials must be tested and their installation must be monitored in order to provide a finished structure that performs in accordance with the construction documents.



     Special Inspections and material testing are an important part of any project. A quality inspection and testing lab will reduce the risks of construction errors and ultimately the risk of lawsuits and insurance claims.


Dave Kramer-
Kramer Engineering Inc. is a 36 year old structural engineering firm that specializes in industrial and commercial buildings.



Featured Project

Prologis Tilt-up

Prologis Carson Distribution Facility 

Reliant Testing Engineers, Inc., a leading engineering, testing and inspection Services Company serving real estate developers, building owners and general contractors in the Southern California area, contracted with Prologis' Orange County office to perform construction quality control for three major distribution centers in the Southern California Region.


Reliant Testing Engineers performed the deputy inspection, floor flatness and related materials testing for the Prologis Carson Facility, a 271,000 square foot spec tilt up building with immediate access to the 710 and 405 freeways.


Reliant has recently been contracted to provide deputy inspection and testing services for Prologis 272,000 square foot Capelin Distribution Center in Torrance, and the 414,000 square foot Terra Francesco project in Ontario.


All three projects were designed by Orange County firms HPA Architects and Kramer Structural Engineers.


About Reliant Testing Engineers, Inc.

Reliant Testing Engineers, Inc. provides professional engineering services in the areas of construction materials engineering and geotechnical engineering, including deputy inspection services, forensics and all related testing in our full-service laboratory. Whether you're in commercial/industrial development, healthcare, education, government, retail, infrastructure, a municipal agency or a contractor, Reliant will service your needs with the highest degree of professional excellence and proficiency. Contact Reliant Testing Engineers, Inc. at (714) 556-5867, or by email at