Check the Limitations

Product selection for construction projects is all about finding the right product at the right price to satisfy the owner's project requirements. Wading through all the choices and the product data can be daunting. Often designers (and specifiers)..

Reinventing? Let's Standardize!

The construction industry in general and the architectural profession specifically, seem to enjoy the same challenge on every project. You would think the challenge is about the design - trying to optimize the response to the owner's program and the..

Can PPDs Be Used as Contract Documents?

Is this a trick question? Everyone knows that construction contract documents consist of the agreement, the conditions of the contract, the specifications and the drawings. Just check all the standard AIA agreements. Of course, preliminary project..

Benefits of Volunteering

There are many activities vying for everyone's time, and there are many reasons for selecting the activities in which to participate. Then there are priorities: family, friends, work, and more. With all the opportunities for spending the little time we..

PPD - Basic Organization

Preliminary Project Descriptions (PPD) are a formal method of presenting construction project data in a consistent, organized fashion. PPDs are arranged by element name, functional requirements, and system components - using the same organization as..

It's a Digital World

Image Credit: Xylophone Films Blog post by Alberto Izarraraz on May 08, 2013

The Times They Are A-Changin'

Ira Bloomenthal's CONSTRUCT2013 keynote address slide

Linking BIM and Specs Through PPDs

Technology provides a means to connect data. Standards provide the organizations that make the data connections meaningful.

Minutes are Minutes and Not Addenda

The bidders are required to attend a pre-bid meeting. The owner, the design team, and (presumably) all the bidders attend. Each meeting follows essentially the same agenda.

SPECtember - Value Certified Construction Specifiers

This month the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) will hold its annual convention and the Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP) will hold its annual meeting, both in conjunction with CONSTRUCT, an annual educational seminar..

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