LEAN via Spaghetti, Skewers, and Straws

Lean construction practices have had us curious here at Conspectus for a while now.  There are so many cool terms and intriguing graphics that are incredibly synonymous to how we view the process in which we manage decisions through specifications. In..

Are Safety Concerns Always On Your Mind?

Welcome to meteorological fall, or as some prefer to call it, pumpkin spice season! This month, as part of a look into the "Construction Alliance" and the "Construction Guidelines", we are going more in depth to discuss why "Safety Considerations", are..

Can Capital Projects be a Profit Center?

When owners determine a capital project is needed, it is a business purpose driving the decision. Therefore, the purpose of designing and constructing a project is to satisfy the business need - expand capacity, introduce a new product, or a host of..

Project Closeout Starts at the Beginning

If you are like me, toward the end of a project, you may lose a little focus when you start to see the light at the tunnel and start thinking about the next project or deadline. However, this is not the time to let up. If anything, we need to refocus and..

Progress Payments - Who Doesn't Want To Get Paid?!

I hope you all had a great holiday season and were able to connect with family and friends, either in person (socially distanced of course) or virtually. As we close out the books on 2020 and look forward to 2021, let's make a resolution to do our best..

Progress Meetings - The Antidote to Murphy's Law

Well, this is it, the last month of 2020, a year that has had just about everything. If Murphy could claim a year, this would have been it.  This month, as part of a look into the "Construction Alliance" and the "Construction Guidelines", we will explore..

Pre-Con: The Critical Conference

Later this month, we will begin the holiday season with Thanksgiving, a great time of year to reflect and be thankful for the many gifts in our lives. Many will cook, eat, watch parades, eat, watch football, eat, visit with family and did I mention eat...

Payment for Extra Work - Cost Plus Fee

It's finally here, fall! My favorite time of year when we change from hot humid days to cooler days and sleeping with the windows open. Speaking of changes, this month, as part of a look into the "Construction Alliance" and the "Construction Guidelines",..

To Inspect or Not To Inspect....That is the Question

Last month I introduced you to the "Construction Alliance" with reference to "Classified Excavation" and left you to fend for yourself. This month we will dive into the August guideline of the month, which is "Inspection of the Construction Project". In..

Solutions for Revolutionizing the AEC Industry - Dispersed Project Teams

Do you know where your architect is? Of course you do. It is common is for project teams to be located all over the world. What is uncommon is for the architectural team members to be geographically dispersed. It is also uncommon that the project team..

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