There is a push for cross-industry education between subject matter experts (SME) within AECO (architecture, engineering, construction, owner) industry teams. It is no secret that collaboration is the key to success. However sharing expertise on..
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The industry is changing. The emerging revolution is that licensed architects and engineers owe a fiduciary duty to owners. This change will have dramatic effect on communications and documentation between design teams (including..
First published and presented at GlassCon Global 2018, Chicago, IL October 6, 2018
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