Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

 December 2016

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"The Grinch thought of something he hadn't before... maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.  Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more."

Deep Thoughts

- The Grinch (and Dr. Seuss)

Please let us know if you have any ideas for future newsletters.

Your Humble Narrator,

Mike Halstead
Indianapolis CSI Newsletter Co-Editor
Mild Mannered Reporter,

Ryan Muzzillo
Indianapolis CSI Newsletter Co-Editor
The Insider
Are you ready for some holiday egg nog and caroling?  Then get yourself to the Holiday Party at the Columbia Club on Thursday, December 8th.  There will be a piano recital and sing along by our very own Dick Simon - wasn't he in the Fabulous Baker Boys?

Another one of our own Nate Davis is having a tough week - please keep him in your thoughts. 
Come join us as we root on our Indy Fuel hockey team on Saturday, March 18, as they take on the evil Kalamazoo Wings for "Pink in the Rink" night against Breast Cancer. Wear your pink!  A portion of all proceeds go toward breast cancer awareness and research via Susan G. Komen of Central Indiana to help women in our community. The puck drops at 7:35 pm - but arrive early for good seats and slap shots at hall of fame goalie Don Amt - at the Indiana Fairgrounds Colosseum.  We are seated in sections 207/208 with easy access to concessions.  The cost is $24 per person by end of business day March 3, 2017.  Reservations: digital invitation/online reservation or contact Kent Hughes (317) 690.5820 ( or yours truly at (317) 684-1431 x1 (
However you celebrate the holidays - Christmas (Protestant or Orthodox), Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Ugadi, etc. - have a great holiday.  Or you can be a Hittite like me and make a sacrifice to all the Gods.  And remember Santa Claus isn't fat - he's just big boned!       

- Your Humble Narrator 
Upcoming Events
Programs Committee


2016-2017 Standing Reservation List

Monday August 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM EDT -to- Friday June 30, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT

Riverwalk Banquet Center


Indianapolis Chapter CSI Holiday Party

Thursday December 8, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST

Usher in the holiday season with the Indianapolis Chapter CSI.

Columbia Club


Hockey Game and Breast Cancer Fundraiser, with CSI Indy

Saturday March 18, 2017 from 6:45 PM to 10:00 PM EDT

Come join us as the Indianapolis Chapter of CSI root on the Indy Fuel as they take on the Kalamazoo Wings for "Pink in the Rink" night against breast cancer. A portion of the total proceeds go directly to Susan G. Komen Central Indiana to fund breast cancer research and breast health services to women in our community.

Indiana Farmers Coliseum

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.
View from the Tower

"Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever."   -Walt Disney-

One of Walt's better known quotes points to the three things that will never grow old and that will last forever.  Laugh, imagine, and dream because they're timeless, ageless, and go on forever.  Walt Disney lived his life adhering to this quote; he was quick with a laugh, used his imagination to the fullest, and dreamed some of the biggest dreams ever.  If you remember to laugh, dream, and imagine you will go far in life.

We should all be thankful 365/24/7 for all that we have.  There are those out there in our community that have to go through the holiday without.  Take time to donate your time, extra coat or toy, or coins in the kettle.  Your small contributions along with others' will make someone happy and warm for the winter.  This holiday season, I'm truly thankful because all our family will be together and that includes 3 grandchildren.  As your Chapter President, I'm thankful for all the volunteer members that have made the past six months go by so smoothly.  I'm thankful for Pete Baker and his committee for organizing what will be a great holiday party with new entertainment this year.  I'm also thankful for the members and their significant others for taking time to be part of the annual tradition.  And I'm thankful every year that Dick Simon is there to tickle the ivory with all those holiday tunes we can join our voices together with to make the spirit of the season brighter.
November was a historic month for the Chapter.  We broadcast our meeting live to the Evansville Chapter.  To the best of my knowledge, no other chapter has done this.  I would like to thank the Region for their support in helping to make this happen.  This went so well that the Evansville Chapter wants to do this again as soon as possible.  Our next broadcast will be the February meeting when CSI Executive Director Mark Dorsey will be speaking on "My Vision of CSI."  We also had 3 tabletops with materials used during the reroof of Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  Thank you to the panel of speakers for filling us in on the good, bad, and hidden challenges that happened during the project.  Who knew a crane couldn't be used and all the material would have to be manually lifted to the top?  It was a special treat to the students when these speakers stayed after to answer additional questions about the construction management aspect.  Please check out the website for registration information for future events and mark your calendars; visit 

I was excited to see all the new members at the orientation in November.  Thank you to Ken Schmidt and his committee for combining the student and professional members into one session.  There was a common theme for the evening, certification.  I know how important this is to my career and to the organization.  Gene King, President-elect, will be making this one of his goals during his presidency to get as many members certified as possible.
The Disney books for December will be another great one related to Christmas.  The giveaway will be done in a top secret manner, but one guest per table will win.  The photo I have selected this month is of my daughter, Abigail, in Santa's sleigh and was taken at Disneyland in 2004.  You can see she is laughing and imagining there are reindeer and dreaming she is driving Santa's sleigh.


Ralph R. Pitman, Jr. CSI, CDT
Indianapolis Chapter CSI - President 2016-17 
Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster


1.  BIM (Building Information Modeling) is the basis of how design and construction

Documents should be prepared and used utilizing what Project Delivery Method?

a.  Design-Bid-Build

b.  Design-Negotiate-Build

c.  Owner-Build

d.  Integrated Project Delivery


2.  Graphic documents that show the quantitative extent and relationship of elements to one another are:


a.  Drawings

b.  Specifications

c.  Elevations

d.  Details

3.  True or False:  If a portion of the Work is covered contrary to requirements specifically expressed in the Contract Documents, it must, if requested by the A/E, be covered for examination and at the Contractor's expense, without change in the contract time.

a.  True

b.  False


4.  When outside consultants are responsible for the production of major portions of the Project Specifications:


a.  One design team member should be responsible for overall specification coordination.

b.  Different document formats should be used to identify the work of the separate consultants.

c.  The lead design professional should avoid the liability inherent in reviewing consultants work.

d.  Information should be collected and the Project A/E assume responsibility for preparing each Section.


5.  What information is found within Division 02 in MasterFormat 2004?


a.  Site Work

b.  Existing Conditions

c.  Equipment

d.  Special Construction

Table Tops

Kent Hughes

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 Jeremy Hoffman - , if you would like to target a particular meeting, be sure to make your reservation 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 after dinner before the speaker 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. Payment is due at the time of setup.

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:


Kent A. Hughes RA CDT - American Structurepoint - 317.690.5820


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

Take a Tour!
Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC
I recently wrote about the importance of hands-on experience with building materials (Get your hands dirty!). While that works well for masonry and a few other materials, many products and processes are so dangerous or complex that it is extremely difficult for the average person to have meaningful personal experience. Still, even though hands-on familiarity may not be readily available, witnessing the fabrication or installation of construction materials is quite valuable.

I love plant tours and have been on several. Fortunately, the office often arranges site visits and tours of fabrication facilities and encourages staff to participate. In June, five of us took a midday trip to LeJeune Steel Company, a local structural steel fabricator.

Vice President Mike Histon met us at the door, then led us to a conference room where he talked about the history of LeJeune, explained how they operate, and showed us drawings from a variety of projects. They had a hand in Target Field (Twins ballpark), TCF Stadium (Gophers football), and the recently-completed US Bank Stadium (Vikings). Of particular interest was the Hennepin County Ambulatory and Outpatient Specialty Care Center, one of our projects that's under construction.

Mike also talked about the current state of the steel industry, which is a fraction of what it was fifty years ago. After donning helmets and safety vests, we went out into the shop.
To be blunt about it, many production facilities, at first glance, aren't much to look at. Some have really cool machines, while others have more basic tools, but most are huge volumes of not much, used primarily for storing and moving materials.
For basic materials, like structural steel, the equipment is quite simple - hoists, rollers, a saw, a punch, a brake, a shear, and a welder - but it's a bit larger than what you're probably accustomed to.
Fabrication consists of cutting to length, welding shapes and connections, and punching holes for bolted connections, some of which are completed in the shop while others are done in the field. LeJeune also preps steel for finishing, and applies primer and other coatings as specified.
Do yourself a favor - visit fabrication shops and learn more about how things are fabricated before being shipped to the site!

2016, Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

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2. - a (PDPG 11.1.3)
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