The vital importance of specifying

Often, during the execution of a project, problems arise because architects and engineers disregard specifications or do not give them enough importance during the design stage. It is essential the importance of construction documents be stressed to successfully execute the project.
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Choosing a special inspector

In a previous article, this author provided a look at the concept of special inspections. In advising the owner in the selection of a special inspector for a project, it is important the registered design professional consider several factors.
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Specifying: Art or craft?

Occasionally, I hear or read of the “art of specifying.” When the term is used without irony, it is a well-intentioned effort to call attention to an important part of construction documentation. What does it really mean, though?
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Education: Then and now

Five days of exams, and only one was the massive fill-in-answer-square format. All others were written or drawn—CAD, never mind building information modeling (BIM), was still a gleam in someone’s eye! I had to pass all portions and maintain an overall score of 75.
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