Updating MasterFormat

The MasterFormat 2014 Update includes hundreds of revisions from the previous 2012 update. Among the key revisions were changes to agreements contained in Division 00–Procurement and Contracting Requirements to account for evolving contract delivery processes in the construction industry as a whole.
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The psychology of professionalism

Most people associate professional construction or engineering jobs with tangible objects such as wood, steel, concrete, and brick. However, there is also another important aspect of professional construction management or engineering that is sometimes overlooked, even by experienced building and design professionals.
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Predicting façade failures

Building façades are often constructed with materials of variable strength that are constantly exposed to weather and attached with hundreds or thousands of concealed connections that cannot be easily inspected or maintained.
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Using CSI formats effectively

The role of formats in modern construction documentation is central to CSI’s vision and purpose; they enable the structured presentation and organization of construction project information. CSI has developed many formats for the design and construction industry.
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Poems for product reps

I’m thinking about producing a line of cards for architects and specifiers to send to product representatives. We could establish “Recognize Your Golden Reps Day” on the calendar, and take a day to appreciate those who make a design professional’s job easier.
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Academies, retreats, and conferences

One of the four core values in CSI’s strategic plan is advancing education. Helping our members understand building information and communicating this data clearly, concisely, correctly, and completely is at the center of CSI’s efforts.
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