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          Inaugural Meeting for CSI's Specifying Practice Group

          Today I had the honor of hosting the first meeting for CSI's
          Specifying Practice Group. Nearly 200 people have joined the group and over 70
          participated in the first meeting. CSI staff commented that this is an
          excellent turnout. If you missed it, you may still join the group by
          registering at http://bit.ly/8ZdfJK. Once registered you will receive notices of future meetings.

          The topic, MasterFormat™ 2004, drew the crowd because the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
          announced that, effective January 1, 2010, the 1995 edition of the industry
          standard format would no longer be supported. By removing all support, CSI is
          encouraging the industry-wide adoption of the current standard - already
          celebrating its fifth birthday, so it is hardly new anymore.

          CSI's MasterFormat Maintenance Task Team will be publishing
          the first of the future annual updates in February 2010. The update will
          include new section numbers and titles requested by users to ensure the
          document remains current with industry trends and general usage. Any interested
          party can submit requests for revisions or additions to MasterFormat by
          visiting http://masterformat.com.

          The discussion during the group meeting was delightful. We
          heard success stories and difficulties with unyielding bureaucratic government
          agencies. Groups and individuals turned MasterFormat 2004 into an
          educational opportunity to improve relations with their consultants, clients,
          and other industry associations. We learned how one government agency Port of
          Portland lead the way in adopting and implementing MasterFormat 2004.

          For notes of the first meeting, visit the CSI Blog at http://blog.csinet.org.

          The first meeting is history, my butterflies are gone, my recalcitrant mouse will be replaced. So, mark your calendar, for the first Thursday of each month. Join the Discussion. I invite everyone to attend. This is not just for
          specifiers.

          Here is the presentation that helped spur the discussion.
          Scroll through using the arrow button below and share your comments here.

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