Office Master Guide Specifications - An Investment

Many may consider office master guide specifications an expense. Developing and maintaining guide specifications requires a considerable amount of time and many resources. Specifiers rely on commercial masters such as MasterSpec, SpecText, and Speclink..

Communication - The Heart of Specifications

Just who are specifications written for? The Architect? The Owner? Neither! In order of importance, I profess that specifications are written for the benefit of:

Practical Learning You Can Put to Use Today

The CSI Academies brought expert instructors and students together, a total of about 140 individuals, for 13 hours of advanced education and learning over 3 days. The program was arranged in three tracks: Construction Specifier, Product Representative,..

Why are Specs So Long?

It seems a relatively simple building. There are only 50 drawings. So why are the specifications 800 pages? It does seem absurd. Let's take a critical look to see if there is a better way.

Efficient Construction Documents

What is the best way to ensure consistency and high quality in your construction documents?

CSI Academies - Valuable Advanced Education

Continuing education can be valuable. Really, it can - especially when it offers a new idea or when it offers a solution to an existing problem and when the concepts can be put into practice today!

Ensuring Specifications Consistency & Quality

How can architects ensure their specifications are consistent from one project to the next or one project architect to the next? How can architects ensure that their specifications will deliver the intended quality for every project?

Are Peer Reviews Effective?

The project was a new single family residence. The architect wrote the specifications as notes to be placed on the drawings. The architect asked for help. Before issuing the documents for bidding, he wanted the specifications reviewed.

Substitution Evaluations: What is the Architect's Obligation?

This morning I opened my email to find a client, an architect, requesting a substitution evaluation for a metal wall panel. The request was sent 8 PM Sunday evening during the break between football games. A reply was requested by noon today even though..

What's Wrong with This Picture?

Have you ever seen a built detail, scratched your head, and wondered: "What were they thinking?" There are 4 steps that can be taken to help prevent "silly" mistakes from occurring on construction projects: Quality Assurance Reviews, Shop Drawing..

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