Recently, I traveled to Dallas Texas to attend the National Foundation Repair Association. Dallas probably has more foundation repair that any city in the North America and perhaps the world. I travel there mainly to receive the CE credits to keep my Designation NCFRS current.
Over 8 years ago I received my National Certified Foundation Repair Specialist designation. It requires passing a rigorous exam and annual continuing education requirements. By traveling to the education convention, I am able to fulfill my educational requirements.
The classes offered range from foundation engineering, to insurance, and every aspect of foundation repair with many different systems and methods for all types of foundation types. This year included a class on post tensioned foundation repairs. Since we see a number of post tension problems, I was interested in this class.
In addition to attending, I also am a speaker. For the 4th year in a row, I have given a presentation on how the foundation repair industry needs to clean up its act.
- Including engineering oversight on inspection and recommendations
- Including the steps defined by recognized engineering associations
- Removing the subjectivity and only making impartial, data driven recommendations
- Avoiding on the spot evaluations
While almost all the members agreed, especially the engineers of the group, my message again falls mostly on deaf ears as they feel like it is too difficult and costly to implement. While many agree to make a better attempt, every year they come back with little to show for it.
The difference however this year was that the president, Jim Westbrook PE, has agreed to push for implementing these concepts into the membership NCFRS requirements. I am hopeful, however not over optimistic.
It has been a mission of mine for many years to try and clean up the Foundation Repair Industry making it more transparent for homeowners, more impartial, fair and objective.
Let’s hope we make progress!