Chapter Meeting: The SkinnyBrace: A Soft Story Bracing System

November 8, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cafe Room at the Finnish Hall
1970 Chestnut St
Berkeley, CA 94702
Brian Cogley510-295-8021E-mail
Chapter Meeting:  The SkinnyBrace: A Soft Story Bracing System @ Cafe Room at the Finnish Hall | Berkeley | California | United States

Thor Matteson, S.E., will debut his new seismic retrofitting product: The “SkinnyBrace” Soft Story Bracing System. Thor Matteson is a licensed structural engineer who specializes in designing seismic retrofits for wood framed structures.  Mr. Matteson is also the author of two books: Earthquake Strengthening for Vulnerable Homes and Wood-Framed Shear Wall Construction: An Illustrated Guide.  



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Educational Presentation — 7:45 to 9:00 pm

SkinnyBraces fill a need that their inventor, structural engineer Thor Matteson, S.E., saw for years: an efficient bracing method for vulnerable soft-story buildings that could fit into congested garages.

  1. What is a “SkinnyBrace“?
  2. Installation advantages
  3. Engineering advantages
  4. Test results
  5. Code evaluation report–how we got it, what it means
  6. Future improvements and further evaluation

“Our firm focuses exclusively on designing systems to strengthen your home or wood-framed apartment building to better resist earthquakes. We do not design decks, additions, bridges, or schools–only retrofits. We work with experienced contractors, and seek out their opinions and feedback on methods and materials. Our goal is to design the best strengthening system that your budget allows”.

Pre-Meeting – 5:30 to 6:45 pm

Paul Barraza, GGASHI Past President, will follow up on Skip Walker’s recent seminar with a presentation on inspecting decks following the DCA-6 standards. This training is FREE to those attending the Chapter Education meeting.

  • Attendees earn one ASHI/CREIA CE.

Dinner — 6:45 pm

Dinner from caterer extraordinaire, Traci Pendergast, will be

  • Local cheese with crostini
  • Lamb stracotta with olives and oranges
  • Sprouted rice risotto with winter squash
  • Arugula and fall fruit salad
  • Almond cardamom cake

Enjoy dinner and network with your fellow inspectors.
We regret we cannot accommodate ‘listeners only’. You must purchase dinner to attend the meeting.

Report Writing and Business Meeting — 6:45 to 7:45 pm

Chapter President, Brian Cogley, presides as chapter members discuss Chapter news as well as local and national home inspection matters. This meeting is open to all (including non-members) and guests are welcome with questions, or to simply learn more about the home inspection profession. Brian will also lead a discussion of member submitted comments on photos from the field focusing on clarity and Report Writing principles of Identification, Implication, and Recommendation.

Registration and Fees
  • $45 with pre-registration
  • $55 “at the door”

Registration fees paid in advance by credit card can be transferred to others with prior notice.


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