Specifications Formats & Processes

Construction specifications contain data, lots of data. These data must be easily found by the hundreds of individuals involved in any construction project - not just the architect and contractor, but the subcontractors, materials distributors,..

Who's Minding Division 01?

Why the Architect/Engineer (A/E), of course!

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Can Goals Be Requirements?

I just completed review of a new document that the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) will be publishing soon: The CSI Sustainable Design and Construction Practice Guide, one of a series of practice guides. The guide references the CSI flagship..

What's a Specifier?

A spec writer? Of course you know what a spec writer is. Spec writers produce the project manual. They create all the project requirements for the materials, products and systems the design team selects. That's right.

Enterprise 2.0 Connections

How can Conspectus build a catalog and ultimately leverage the collective knowledge of every employee and every client?

Linking BIM to Specifications

The promise of BIM (Building Information Modeling) is that project data can reside in the model and can be extracted by anyone in a form for every purpose. The reality is that useful data extraction is entirely dependent on valid data input.

Leadership Challenge

In the past two weeks, I attended two different leadership seminars for two professional associations, AIA and CSI. What struck me after attending the second was the distinct similarities of the issues facing the organizations and the distinct..

Are Outline Specs Necessary?

A very good question. By searches on this blog, it is one question that definitely wants to be answered. Something must be necessary, but is it really an outline specification?

Architect - What's in a title?

Several discussions about architectural licensing and use of the term "Architect" started recently on blog posts (See Liz O'Sullivan's blog) and on the LinkedIn AIA group. The Philadelphia Young Architects Group announced plans to explore "Why get..

Need Information? Develop Your Network!

Last week I was reminded just how valuable good relationships are. A trusted product representative scheduled a meeting with us to explain recent product developments forced by building code changes.

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