Clearing Up Changes, Claims, and Disputes

SPECIFICATIONS
Kevin O’Beirne, PE, CSI,CCS, CCCA

While many owners, contractors, architects, and engineers are familiar with amicably (well, usually) negotiating change orders on construction projects, the use of and process for claims and dispute resolution is often misunderstood. More importantly, the claims and disputes process is complied with even less...

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The Vital Importance of Specifying

SPECIFICATIONS
Mounir Kronful, BBA, CSI, Assoc. AIA

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.

A specification is...

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Choosing a special inspector

SPECIFICATIONS
Michael A. Matthews, PE

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. It is the position of...

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Special inspections as originally intended

SPECIFICATIONS
Michael A. Matthews, PE

As required under the International Building Code (IBC), special inspections are designed to be a proactive method of enhancing public safety by ensuring buildings are constructed in accordance with design documents, specifications, and approved shop drawings.1

Special inspection requirements were introduced as a result of...

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Intent And Interpretation: What I Meant Was…

SPECIFICATIONS
David J. Wyatt, CDT

When a contractor’s interpretation of a contract requirement differs substantially from the design professional’s initial intent, the assumption is often that he or she is mistaken, and will disrupt the project if allowed to continue uncorrected. To affirm this belief, specifiers will check the...

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Specifying: Art or Craft?

SPECIFICATIONS
David J. Wyatt, CDT

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

HORIZONS
Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT
I still remember the phone ringing that evening on December 10, 1963—it was my dad.

“Congratulations, Architect!” he said.

“Don’t kid me about that, Pop,” I replied.

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The Human Element

Finding the human touch in a web-based age

SPECIFICATIONS
David J. Wyatt, CDT

Colin Gilboy, founder of 4specs website, estimates there are only 800 W-2 employed and 1099-independent specification writers currently working in the United States. (By his reckoning, it takes 30 to 50 employees to support a full-time specifier.)...

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