PPD is customizable, eh? Updating Canadian Masters

In early 2017 David Stutzman met Jason Urquhart of the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada at Construction Specifications Canada national conference in Kalowna, BC, and a new friendship was established with our neighbor to the north. Jason is a..

Simplifying Specifications

Specifiers often struggle to come up with ways to make specifying simpler, to eliminate unwanted language, and to make specifications more correct.  At this year's CONSTRUCT AEC Education and Expo, Beth Stroshane posited that the way we write..

UniFormat is a Design Decision Tool

When starting a new design project, what is actually known? Very little. The relevant design decisions must be made as the project progresses. So how can projects be effectively documented before all decisions are made? UniFormat™!

Eliminate Asymmetric Project Information

Successful construction projects rely on complete, accurate, timely, and understandable communication; maximizing all of these reduces the likelihood for disputes to arise.  Unfortunately, many project teams fall short of proper communication, and that's..

Evolving Specifications 2018

First published at Young Architects Forum Connection 16.01.

PPDs Can Enhance Renderings' Utility

Image courtesy FXCollaborative Architects LLP

Evolving Specifications Construct 2014 presentation

Specifiers may be one of the best kept secrets on the design team. Specifiers, especially independent specifiers, typically interact with the architectural team, only. Even then, the interaction may be limited to project architects and project managers...

Connection: BIM, Spec, Estimate

Have you made the connection yourself? Connecting data to make it available and useable for each team will improve efficiency and reduce risk for every construction project. The focus has been on inserting data into BIM to describe the objects the design..

Specifying Design-Assist - How?

It's a process, not just technical requirements. During design-assist, the architect of record, asks the contractor (usually a specialty subcontractor) to help develop system details and confirm system performance to meet project requirements. Typically..

Evolving Specifications Construct 2014 presentation

Construction specifications are arranged by MasterFormat's 50 divisions and thousands of section numbers and titles - everyone knows that. There is a recent trend, at least with our architect clients, toward specifying complete systems and assigning..

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