Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

May 2014

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Have the flowers started to bloom from the April showers yet?  I dunno, nut at least there is now another fine edition of the Winner's Circle for use to read!

A few extra special reminders for you this month:
  1. If you believe you are to receive a PERFECT ATTENDANCE pin at our June Awards Banquet then turn in your old pin at the May meeting. This will greatly help the Chapter in recycling these our pins to other recipients.  If you have any questions about your pins please call Ken Schmidt at 317-979-1700 
Be sure to get your President's Question guesses in to Ed before tonight's meeting!
Please let us know if you have any ideas for future newsletters.
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 Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter Editor

Upcoming Events
Programs Committee


Indianapolis Chapter CSI May Meeting - Brick Masonry for School Construction

Thursday May 15, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

This presentation includes information about the benefits that brick bring to a school constructoin project.

Willows on Westfield (formerly Riverwalk)


Indianapolis CES and Expo

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Follow the following link for registration (this is a non-CSI Event) 


CSI Great Lakes Region Conference, hosted by CSI Indy

Thursday July 31, 2014 at 6:00 PM EDT -to- Saturday August 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM EDT

The Indianapolis Chapter welcomes you back home again to Indiana as host of the 2014 CSI Great Lakes Region Conference.



2014 Standing Reservation List

Wednesday December 31, 2014 from 12:00 AM to 1:00 AM EST

Riverwalk Banquet Center

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Ed Brown CSI, CCCA
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May is here and it is getting closer to the end of the year. The year has gone by so quickly. The weather is getting warmer and the school year is coming to an end for many students. This month's photo features my two kids, Elliott and Olivia, at an Easter egg hunt.

            Last month's chapter meeting was on the ADA. It was presented in a quiz format. I was surprised as to how much I did and did not know about the ADA. Thanks go out to Steve Cain for an informative presentation.

            I would like to take this time to welcome all of the new members, both student and professional, to our chapter. We had a number of new members attend last month's meeting and I would like to say thank you for attending and I hope that you will get involved in our chapter. I look forward to working with all of you.

            This month will be the final regular meeting of the fiscal year. The program will be all about masonry, particularly in school construction. Leroy Dan forth, with the Brick Institute of America, will be giving a presentation on the advantages of using brick masonry in school projects. This program will be capstone to a masonry educational event. This event will be an all-day seminar on various masonry topics, sponsored by the Midwest Masonry Council, CSI Indianapolis, and AIA Indiana. It will be held at the Hagerman Construction Office, 10315 Allisonville Road, in Fishers from 10am-4pm on May 15. It will be a great opportunity to earn 5 learning units during the day and an additional learning unit at the evening program. Contact Matt Maier with Edgewood Building Supply or Terri Truitt of the Midwest Masonry Council for more details and to register.

            Coming up, on June 5, is the annual Bud Reed Memorial Golf Outing at the Golf Club of Indiana. If you haven't done so, be sure to go on the chapter website and/or newsletter and get your foursomes together. The event will be catered by Ruth Chris Steakhouse. If you have any questions, or are interested in sponsoring a hole, contact Chris Hughes of Majestic Block. This month is the last regular chapter meeting. Next month will be the annual awards banquet. More information will be forthcoming.

            Registration is open for the 2014 CSI Great Lakes Region Conference, being held here in Indianapolis, July 31-August 2 at the NCAA Headquarters downtown. The July chapter meeting will coincide with the conference. It will be held on July 31 at the NCAA Headquarters (5th Thursday in July). The planning committee is looking for sponsors for the conference. If you are interested, please let me know.

            That is all that I have for this month. I would like to conclude with the president's question of the month. For those who have not read past president's letters, each month I ask readers a question about myself as a way of getting to know their president. The first person to email the correct answer to gets a door prize at the chapter meeting. I give away pretty good door prizes. It's one guess per email address. Also, you must be present at the meeting to win.



This month's question:

At what age did I first get my driver's license?

For this question, the person who guesses closest to the correct age, without going over, gets the door prize.


Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope to see you at the chapter meeting.               




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Edmund Brown, CSI, CCCA, Assoc AIA

2013-2014 Indianapolis Chapter CSI President 

Golf Outing
25th Annual Bud Reed



The 25th Annual Bud Reed Memorial Golf Outing / Scholarship Trust will be held on June 5, 2014 at the Golf Club of Indiana located in Zionsville.


Dinner will be provided by Ruth's Chris in "The Cardinal Room" - a wonderful 6500 sf heated and air conditioned state of the art banquet facility.


The outing will also include: (but not limited to)

  • Pre-tournament practice tee Instructional tips program with the course pro.
  • On-course Beverage carts
  • On-course Ruth's Chris sliders
  • Awards Banquet catered by Ruth's Chris
  • Door prizes and give-aways for participants
  • On course contests
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Hole in one competitions

Prizes include:

  • Airfare for 2
  • Electronic equipment pkg.
  • $10,000 cash
  • Cruise for 2
YouTube Channel  
Visual Education


The Indianapolis Chapter CSI has entered into a new phase of the digital communication era, and now has a dedicated YouTube Channel for the benefit of our membership.

Please look forward to upcoming updates.

Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster 



1. Prior to BIM, the following drawings required specialized skill to produce and were used rarely in construction drawings:


a. Non-scaled Views and Plans

b. Plans and Reflected Ceiling Plans

c. Perspectives and Isometrics

d. Sections and Perspectives


2. Limitations of the Design-Bid-Build Project Delivery Method include:


a. Linear sequence shortens project schedule

b. Bids may exceed budget

c. Partnering is a natural result

d. Low bids may encourage Owner changes


3. Which of the following entities are responsible for design compliance with the Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)?


a. Owner

b. A/E

c. Contractor

d. Plan Reviwer


4. Project Record Documents consist of the following EXCEPT:


a. Drawings

b. Project Manual

c. Submittals

d. Spare parts and extra stock materials


5. All of the following are defined as a Contract modification EXCEPT:


a. Change Order

b. Construction Change Directive/ Work Change Directive

c. Architect's Supplemental Instruction/ Field Order

d. Addendum


Anwers located at the end of this newsletter....

Table Tops

Jeremy Hoffman

Indianapolis Chapter CSI


The Indianapolis Chapter of CSI is accepting reservations for Table Tops for upcoming Chapter meetings.  The list of programs for upcoming Chapter meetings is published in this newsletter, the web site, or contact Program chairman Andy McIntyre, so if you would like to target a particular meeting, make sure to get your reservation in early.  We do have a limit of four spaces available for Table Tops in a standard meeting room and 10 if we have a double room.


Table Tops are an opportunity to promote your company, products, or services to all attendees of our regular chapter meeting during the social hour.  There is a maximum of 20 minutes for Table Top presentation at a regular Chapter meeting.  You have the floor for maximum of five minutes during the dinner to communicate to the entire group if there are four presenters. If there is a greater demand, the 20 minutes will be divided by the number of presenters and rounded down to the nearest 30 seconds.


The Table Top presentations are FREE, one time, to new members, and cost current Indianapolis Chapter members only $75.  Non-members get the same opportunity for $125.  A 30 by 60 table with a cover and skit will be included.  All proceeds go to support the Chapter.


Another opportunity for a Table Top is during an Education Seminar.  The cost is if you combine it with the Chapter meeting and Education Seminar the cost would be $100 for current members and $150 for non-members.


If you would like to schedule a Table Top for a future meeting or seminar, contact:


Jeremy Hoffman - CREW Technical Services  or (317) 713-7777

Make sure to put 'Table Top Request' in the subject line  

Great Lakes Region President Report





May is finally here and the weather is turning nice. GLR activities of note in 2014:

  • 2014 Region Conference - The Region Conference is coming to Indianapolis, occurring July 31, August 1, and August 2, 2014. The Conference activities will be held at the NCAA Headquarters in downtown Indianapolis. On-line Registration is now active for the Conference and Hotel Rooms. The Indianapolis Chapter Meeting is moving to the fifth Thursday of July to kick-start the actual Conference with a discussion of the recent NCAA Headquarters Addition presented by the Indianapolis Architectural Firm - Ratio Architects. CSI President Robert Simmons, FCSI, and Joy Davis, CSI, will be making presentations as well as Region and local Chapter Leadership. There are many educational, social, and networking opportunities during the Conference. Sponsorship opportunities are still available to give your company great exposure while supporting a great event. Attending a Regional Conference is beneficial for leadership training as well as good fun. Check the Region Website for schedule information and registration details.
  • Upcoming Region Events-Remember, there are many Region Activities beyond the Regional Conference and into the next Fiscal Year:

Dayton-Miami Valley-May 13, 2014

Ron Woeste Construction Products Show

Memorial Hall, Dayton, OH 3pm-8pm

Michigan CSI State Meeting-May 14, 2014

University Club-MSU- Lansing, MI

5:30 pm-9:00pm.

Louisville Chapter 50th Anniversary-June 12, 2014

University Club-President's Room-Belknap Campus

5:30 pm-9:00 pm.

Indianapolis-September 11, 2014

Commercial Construction Product Showcase

Held jointly with AIA and USGBC

The Crane Bay in downtown Indianapolis

Grand Rapids-October 16, 2014

Delta Plex Expo-12:30 pm- 5:00 pm.

  • Miscellaneous Musings-I was checking out the CSI Institute Website and noticed two areas that I had not visited before :

Blog- Various members can post their blogs about various CSI items. I read incoming

President Robert Simmons, FCSI's Blog concerning the upcoming CONSTRUCT to be held in Baltimore, MD on September 9-12, 2014. He was describing many changes in the format of this CONSTRUCT from those in the past. Examples of the changes: The Product Show will only be two days and many events are moved around in order to enable more attendees to attend for the basic registration fee. Check out his and other members blogs.

U-Tube Videos-This is a place that many Leadership Webinars have been placed to inform members of different aspects of leadership and other CSI Topics. I helped develop a webinar about where to find CDT Information and how to develop Chapter Programs a couple years ago and was pleasantly surprised that it was still available for use by various Chapters.


Check this out for enlightenment of your CSI experience.

Go to for much more information.


Many thanks for all of your efforts to better the Great Lakes Region, CSI.



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Chapter Photos
Throwback Thursday
Last month started a #TBT due to other circumstances, so here is another edition:

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Chapter Photos
Capturing Memories
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Excuse me, but your slip is showing!
Curmudgeon's Corner


I don't know how this issue has escaped me for nearly forty years, but I'm not alone. In that time, I have occasionally talked about coefficient of friction for floors, but I just discovered there has been no widely accepted standard for slip resistance. Not only that, but neither the IBC nor ADA define slip resistance, even though both require slip resistant floors and walkways.

How the heck is that possible? Think of all the very specific requirements in the building code. How did they miss this one? And think of ADA, with its Byzantine combination of Spock-like precision in some areas, and a "Take a guess and we'll see you in court" approach to other requirements. How can it be that the good folks who write the ADA requirements know exactly what so many dimensions must be, but they have no idea what they mean by slip-resistant? It seems to me that not falling on your arse is a lot more important than a quarter inch difference in the location of a water closet, but this apparently - no, this obviously important performance characteristic has had no definition.


The IBC, in 1003.4, requires that "Walking surfaces of the means of egress shall have a slip-resistant surface and be securely attached" but does not define what slip resistance is. Apparently, the IBC doesn't care about floors not in an egress path.


According to the US Access Guide:

Accessible surfaces must be slip resistant ... However, the standards do not specify a minimum level of slip resistance ... because a consensus method for rating slip resistance remains elusive. While different measurement devices and protocols have been developed ... a widely accepted method has not emerged. Compliance with the standards requires specifying surface materials, textures, or finishes that prevent or minimize slipperiness under the conditions likely to be found on the surface. Standard practices for minimizing floor or ground slipperiness will likely satisfy compliance with the standards ... [my emphasis].

Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, doesn't it?

It's not that there are no standards related to slip resistance. We have:

  • ASTM C1028 Standard Test Method for Determining the Static Coefficient of Friction of Ceramic Tile and Other Like Surfaces by the Horizontal Dynamometer Pull-Meter Method.

  • ASTM D2047 Standard Test Method for Static Coefficient of Friction of Polish-Coated Floor Surfaces as Measured by the James Machine

  • ASTM D5859 Standard Test Method for Determining the Traction of Footwear on Painted Surfaces Using the Variable Incidence Tester.

  • ASTM F462 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Slip-Resistant Bathing Facilities.

  • ASTM F489 Standard Test Method for Using a James Machine (measures slip resistance). Withdrawn 2005.

  • ASTM F609. Standard Test Method for Using a Horizontal Pull Slipmeter.

  • ASTM F695 Standard Practice for Ranking of Test Data Obtained for Measurement of Slip Resistance of Footwear Sole, Heel, and Related Materials.

  • ASTM F802 Standard Guide for Selection of Certain Walkway Surfaces When Considering Footwear Traction. Withdrawn 2012.

  • ASTM F1679 Standard Test Method for Using a Variable Incidence Tribometer. Withdrawn 2006.

  • ASTM F1637 Standard Practice for Safe Walking Surfaces.

  • UL410 Slip Resistance of Floor Surface Materials (similar to ASTM D2047).

  • NFSI/ANSI B101.1 Test Method for Measuring Wet SCOF of Common Hard-Surface Floor Materials.

Surely, with all those standards - and there are many more! - determining what slip-resistance means should be easy. Well, not quite. As noted, some of the standards have been withdrawn, and, with a couple of exceptions, most are test methods or discussions of slip resistance only that do not set minimum standards.

To make things more interesting, there is strong disagreement about the validity of various test methods and equipment. For example, the Ceramic Tile Institute of America (CTIOA) objects to the use of ASTM C1028, claiming it is "widely recognized as being inappropriate for assessing pedestrian safety" and that it "can give 'safe' ratings to very slippery materials." CTIOA and others argue that ASTM C1028, which measures static coefficient of friction, has little to do with real-world slip resistance. Furthermore, the ASTM C1028 test method is limited to the laboratory, which makes it useless for testing in-place conditions.

Some of the standards specify a coefficient of friction, but do not indicate if it is for wet or dry conditions, or do not specify the test method. Given the different materials and methods used for testing, those standards mean nothing. An additional complication is inherent in the nature of the products: we walk on them, so normal wear reduces their slip resistance. Unless there is a maintenance program to replace flooring as the coefficient of friction changes, does it make sense to specify a property that may be valid only for a couple of years?

Another contentious issue is the test condition; most tests are done dry. Even if a test is performed under wet conditions, there is little agreement about what those conditions should be. How wet is wet? Should the tests be performed with deionized water? Or with a soap solution? What about oil? Or, for that matter, banana peels?

The test methods themselves present more variables; the flooring itself is only one of the materials used in a test. Many of the older tests use leather, presumably because that was a common material for shoe soles. Being a natural material, leather is not consistent from one sample to the next. Today, many shoes use something other than leather for soles, and it's likely that the coefficients of friction vary from one material to another. It is clear that no single test will be applicable in all situations, or that it will accurately replicate even one real-world condition.

One of the more recent standards is ANSI B101, which is unique in its extent. Much more than a test method, it includes a discussion of slip-and-fall dynamics and factors that affect slip resistance of all walkway surfaces. It sets three traction levels: High, with a static coefficient of friction (SCOF) greater than 0.6, Moderate, at 0.40 to 0.60, and Low, at less than 0.40.

It doesn't look like this issue will be resolved anytime soon. Perhaps it's just too slippery.

2014, Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

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Minutes of the Indianapolis Chapter CSI Board of Directors can be read here.  Please contact the president with any comments or questions.
Standing Reservations 
Meeting Arrangements Committee
For those of you who know you will be attending each chapter meeting and don't want to mess with making sure they have a spot each month, the Chapter offers to its members in good standing the Standing Reservation List.
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ANSWERS:  1. - c; 2. - b; 3. - b; 4.  d; 5. - d
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Table Tops



May 15, 2014

The Willows (formerly Riverwalk)
Members - Free
Guests - $20
Retired - $10