Sovell Investigative Testing and Consulting was the first firm in the world to develop a course curriculum to teach companies the procedures outlined in ASTM International, AAMA and CSA standards. Sovell Investigative Testing and Consulting has taught over 60 firms during its 16 year history. 

These standards are often misunderstood and misinterpreted. Also specifiers often have difficulty in choosing the correct standard for their projects. 

Sovell Investigative Testing and Consulting combines classroom and hands on training in our state of the art training center to provide industry professionals with the correct tools, information and direction to fulfill their planned objectives. 

See our testimonials page to hear what our clients say. 

Sovell Investigative Testing and Consulting works with our clients to develop a training curriculum that will work for them. 

Listed below are some of the standards which make up training based on the needs of our clients.


The class duration starts at two days for our basic training and up to five days for the master’s level training. 

The history of ASTM International 

The history of the American Architectural and Manufactures Association 

AAMA/NWWDA 101/I.S.2-97 Voluntary Specifications for Aluminum, vinyl (PVC) and Wood Windows and Glass Doors  

CSA A440-00 Windows Special Publication A440.1-00 User Selection Guide to CSA Standard A440-00 Windows 

AAMA/WDMA/CSA/101/I.S/A440 NAFS 2017– North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors and skylights 

ASTM International E783-02Standard Test Method for Field Measurement of Air Leakage Through Installed Exterior Windows and Doors 

ASTM E331-00 Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Skylights, Doors and Curtain Walls by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference 

ASTM E547-00 Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Skylights, Doors and Curtain Walls by Cyclic Static Air Pressure Difference 

ASTM E1105-15 Standard Test Method for Field Determination of Water Penetration of Installed Exterior Windows, Skylights, Doors and Curtain Walls by Uniform or Cyclic Static Air Pressure Difference 

ASTM E2112-19 Standard Practice for Installation of Exterior Windows, Doors and Skylights 

ASTM E122-17 Standard Practice for Calculating Sample Size to Estimate, With a Specified Precision, the Average for a Characteristic of a Lot or Process 

History of the AAMA 502 

AAMA 502-21 Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Newly Installed Fenestration Products 

AAMA 503-14 Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Newly Installed Storefronts, Curtain Walls and Sloped Glazing Systems 

AAMA 501.2-15 Quality Assurance and Diagnostic Water Leakage Field Check of Installed Storefronts, Curtain Walls and Sloped Glazing Systems 

AAMA 511-08 Voluntary Guideline for Forensic Water Penetration Testing of Fenestration Products 

ASTM E2128-20 Standard Guide for Evaluating Water Leakage of Building Walls 

The number of topics covered or not covered will be based on the number of days                   selected for training. 


Analysis of division 8 specifications. What to look for, where to find the essential information and what it means. 


Bidding and contract documents 


Design pressure analysis 


Failure analysis. Corrective work and re-testing 


Equipment calibration. How often calibration is required and why 


Hands on training conducting investigative and quality assurance air infiltration and water penetration testing. 


Report writing 


Reviewing laboratory performance literature 


Inspecting fenestration products prior to testing 


Data gathering 


Maintenance on testing equipment 


Witness testing. What to look for and what questions to ask 


Job file creation 


Sampling a test method 


Checking product drawings 


Buck building/chamber construction and methods of mounting 


Specimen Mounting 


Secondary Testing 


Quality Assurance Testing 


Investigative Testing 






Assisting in assembling a internal auditing system for equipment calibration 

How many test locations should there be? How many is adequate? 


Sovell Investigative Testing and Consulting starts the training process by talking with our clients. 

The information gathering assists us in developing the correct class curriculum. Once we have assessed our clients’ needs the next step is discuss the class size. 

Sovell Investigative Testing and Consulting has a solid history in teaching. 

Sovell Investigative Testing and Consulting will not teach a class larger than three people at a time. We want everyone in the class to walk away with the same information. 

Scheduling classes can be a challenge for any size company. Being away from the desk or from the field for just a few days can be chaotic. 

Sovell Investigative Testing and Consulting works with our clients to make scheduling as simple as possible. 

We will work with you closely to schedule the best times possible. 

Covid-19 Safety Precautions 


  1. Only three people can take the class at a time. 
  1. Masks are mandatory for all personnel. 
  1. Everyone taking the training must take a Covid-19 test and have a negative test. A 
  1. This test must be taken 72 hours prior to training. 
  1. All personnel taking the training must e-mail a copy of a negative test to SITC prior to arriving for training. 
  1. Alternatively a copy of vaccination will supersede Covid-19 testing. 
  1. Temperature checks will be conducted every morning prior to training. 
  1. Any personnel with a high temperature will not be allowed into SITC’s training center. 
  1. SITC will be sanitizing our facility during training and after training every evening. 
  1. An additional $500.00 dollars has been added to training for sanitation.  


All of these measures have been implemented to keep your personnel and ours safe. 


All of these terms are non-negotiable  


A sample of some of the clients that Sovell Investigative Testing and Consulting has trained: 


Marvin Windows and Doors 

JELD-WEN Windows and Doors 

Super Seal Windows and Doors 

J.R. Butler 

Building Diagnostics Group 


Force Engineering and Testing 

D-7 Consulting 

J-2 Building Consultants 

ES Windows from Barranquilla, Colombia 


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