Per-SPEC-tives No. 201: Realistically, Let's Assume...

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Let’s just assume, for the heck of it, that all things on the project are harmonized, and supportive-- balanced and first-class.

The client is rational, considerate, open to suggestions and is not crazy, power-hungry, delusional, hyper, disoriented, or decidedly anti-design professional[?]. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 200: Anniversary; Milestone; Congratulations!!

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

No. 200!!!, and you’ve stayed with us all the way-- THANKS! I’m very pleased that you find these interesting, because they are fun to write, and hopefully provide some information and such for you. One request-- when you do use this in the bird’s cage, would appreciate if you turned the text face down. Read More...

LI CSI Holiday Social: December 18th

The LI Chapter invites you to join in celebrating the Holiday Season by attending our Holiday Social on Tuesday December 18, 2012. Come down & see old friends & make new friends. The board will be in attendance so come over and let them know what a great job their doing & offer any suggestions on how we can make thing better.

The event will be held at Kodiacks Restaurant in Farmingdale between the hours of 6:00 pm & 8:00 pm.

For information on the location you can go to either of these links:
Kodiaks Restaurant Bar
1815 Broad Hollow Road, Farmingdale, NY

Web Site: http://www.kodiaksrestaurant.net/
Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/DhOO6

We look forward to seeing you on the 18th.

Long Island Chapter CSI

Per-SPEC-tives No. 199: Do You Agree With, and Accept This Equation?

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Now don’t get picky on me-- you may use different words, but is the gist of my equation correct? Does it not capture the true and complete essence of construction, all things being equal? Read More...

Curmudgeon's Corner: What is an Architect?

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

The profession of architecture has changed significantly, but the perception of what an architect does has remained much the same. So what's the big deal? As is often said, perception is reality, and therein lies the problem. What architects do now no longer agrees with what the public, and even architects themselves think they do. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 198: The Dog as Specifier

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

“WOOF”! Bow-Wow! or “ARF”, as your dog may choose!

Clear; concise; complete; correct-- Good Lord, the dog is a Specifier!!! Read More...

November Meeting Cancelled

Due to the ongoing storm recovery, the CSI Long Island Chapter meeting has been cancelled for November. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be January 17.
Thank you
.

Per-SPEC-tives No. 197: Outside Influences

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

The design professions of architecture and engineering are being impacted quite severely by outside influences-- influences that really need to be watched, if not challenged and re-directed. The professions need to establish their curricula for their own credibility. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 196: The Awakening

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Sure is a lot of yawning and eye-opening these days. And to think the cause is thoughts that have been tweaked and realizations that have erupted about “real architecture-- in the whole”, design and would you believe, includes technology, detailing, knowledge, teaching, etc. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 195: Who Supports This Event... and Will Say So?

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

How about you and your colleagues? How about the program in this recent announcement:

“This December, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) will host its first Intern Think Tank in Washington, DC." Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 194: Transfer of Knowledge

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

One of the underlying concepts behind some of the more advanced computer software developed for the AEC market is that it captures skill and knowledge. Many of you may remember spending hours learning to hand letter and then your first one or two jobs you got (or didn't get) because of your lettering. CAD/D supplants that skill with software that creates beautifully "Leroyed" or "hand lettered" annotations. The knowledge it takes to select which note to use or to create the note in the first place is the next task. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 192: A Piece of the Pie

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

We need to overcome our reluctance to think that our work, excellent though it may be, is NOT the “whole pie”. We do not, and really cannot, operate in isolation from the rest of the project team and the various professions we work in or with. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 191: All Gone!

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

I am sure many of you do not see or read the monthly periodical, ARCHITECTURAL RECORD. Either there is no particular interest, no time, or other opinions about the effort to read it. But you should [!!!!!!] read this, INCLUDING THE COMMENTS; it is flat-out striking; Read More...

Curmudgeon's Corner: How have the architect's responsibilities changed?

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

About a hundred years ago, when AIA produced the document that eventually would become the familiar A201, the architect was firmly in control of construction. The 1915 AIA general conditions state, in Article 9, "The Architect shall have general supervision and direction of the work… The Architect has authority to stop the work whenever, in his opinion, such stoppage may be necessary to insure the proper execution of the Contract." Article 11 required the Contractor to "give efficient supervision to the work", and Article 12 required the Contractor to "provide and pay for all materials, labor, water, tools, equipment, light and power necessary for the execution of the work." Read More...

CONNECT NY: People, Products, and Information - October 10th

Metropolitan New York CSI 2012 Trade Show and Seminar Event

Location: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 19th Street, New York

Architects, builders, and product manufacturers come together to share knowledge about the economic cycles, architectural design trends, environmental concerns, codes and regulations, technology advances, education of new professionals, and current events that shape our industry and the buildings that we make.

People, products, and information are the key to getting buildings built. New emphases on energy efficiency, new design and coordination tools in building information modeling, new construction products that reduce waste and improve the indoor environment: all of these and more come to our attention every day and have the potential to make us better at what we do. The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is at the hub of the construction information world, uniquely situated to provide the necessary connections to get projects built.
The 2012 Annual Metro New York CSI Chapter Trade Show and Education Day will explore the ways in which you can connect in order to make better buildings. Come and learn with us, share your knowledge with us, and interact with others who share your quest for doing a better job of designing and constructing buildings.

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Seminars: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Trade Show: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Architectural Mixer: 5:00PM to 7:00PM

This event is free for all.

Per-SPEC-tives No. 190: A Challenge

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH



This is your “square one”!. This chart is a suggested starting place; “malleable” and modifiable—it can be re-configured-- but you now need to solidify your ideas and plans-- putting your mind where your chart is!! [so to speak] Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 189: The Product Representative as Educator

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Information, appropriate to the need and with proper explanation and flexibility is the root and hallmark of education-- no matter the topic. Information enriches knowledge and provides a thick layer of bedrock substance used by designers, architects, contractors, engineers, etc. Lacking this, or holding but a mere snippet of information is fatal to project success. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 188: Education Anew, Part 3

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Many groups set standards, guidelines, and checklists, etc, but do not address quality of content. Computerized production of drawings is so prevalent today that it overshadows and obscures the fact that rapid production and ease of manipulation are not valid drawing criteria. It is the depth and quality of construction knowledge, its correct application, depiction and purposeful communication that counts foremost! But without formal instruction in the production of contract [working] drawings, the quality has suffered; and in quality of document content.. This is of grave concern. Read More...

Curmudgeon's Corner: Are specifiers weak in faith?

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

Because of a CSI Specifiers Practice Group discussion in a couple of weeks, I'm moving this subject forward; we'll get back to changes in contract documents later. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 187: Education Anew, Part 2

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

There is no unified group or agency that directs its efforts solely at the content and quality of contract drawings. Many groups set standards, guidelines, procedures, and checklists, etc, but do not address pure quality of content. Computerized production of drawings is so prevalent today that it overshadows and obscures the fact that rapid production and ease of manipulation are not valid drawing criteria. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 186: Education Anew, Part 1

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Part 1:
To be fully effective in communicating relevant construction information, the design professional must have an in-depth knowledge of contract documents [drawings and specifications, including Divisions 00 and 01]. Despite the crucial nature of this need [and in light of the evolving production technology], current academic instruction in such knowledge and information is all but totally lacking in the traditional 4-year institutions. This has created a disjointed array of information. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 185: When is "National Specifications" Week?

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Well, why not????? We have National Sandwich Month; National Pickle Week: National Fire Prevention Week; Building Safety Week; perhaps even National Kiss Your Own Spouse for a Change Week! Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 184: The Old Guard

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

The fifes twitter behind the dull, muffled, rolling cadence of the drums, as the Old Guard takes the field. Resplendent in knee breeches, frocked coats, tricornes [tri-corner hats], and powdered wigs, the young men and women of the Old Guard carry forth tradition-- that of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 183: Phases of the Moon

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Each month the calendar records the phases of the moon. They are so predictable that they can be established and set months and perhaps years in advance. Read More...

Curmudgeon's Corner: What happened to the architect?

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

We started this series of articles with a question - What happened to the master builder? - and went on to talk about how the architect no longer is the master builder of old, for a couple of reasons. First, the continual increase in construction products, methods, and computer technology makes it virtually impossible for any one person to know all there is to know about construction, or even a significant part of it, and, more important, there was a conscious effort to divorce architects from hands-on experience and technical knowledge. Finally, as we will see, architects themselves have, through contract documents, reduced their importance, at the same time increasing the importance of the contractor. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 182: Truth Be Told!

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

“Looking at practice today, how is it we did twice the work, with 1/3 the staff, in half the time”? Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 181: The Client's First Choice

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

You know, I think we need to talk to our clients more! Most of them fall into a class of those who know nothing of construction and admit it; but there’s a class of those who think they know all about it, and only tend to muddle, and impair both the design and the construction-- only to finish up by being surprised or dismayed by what they get! Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 180: Unique ≠ Impossible

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Since CSI appears to be entering the rarified air of new and innovative programs [the Building Technology effort] we need to retune our mind set so failure is not the first thing that comes to mind. Of course the venture needs a reasonable, rational, and carefully crafted start, like any similar venture, but we also need to embrace the idea that a unique solution is NOT impossible! Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 179: The Beginning is Just the Beginning...

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Sounds like Yogi Berra, but then some of us others can do the same things-- thus! Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 178: "Preview of Things to Come.."

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

It is not within the purview of this venue to introduce and describe the whole of what is in the offing. It is, though, a place to openly and loudly congratulate in-coming President Greg Markling, President Paul Bertram and the current Board of Directors in their bold action last weekend. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 177: Okay! Let's Do It!!!!

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Over various segments of time, different voices have raised the issue of education. Of course much of this involved the CSI course, webinars, booklets, etc; and included the certification programs. Interspersed with these were mentions, pleas, suggestions, logic and other expressions about other education. This is what is being more and more later. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 176: What it is, ....is Education!

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Education on a specific topic begins at an established point [the “proverbial ‘Square One’] and progresses as added information and expertise develops. Many topics require pre-requisite fundamental information even more defined. These usually are highly technical topics, involving a wide breadth of information about complex issues and, with a flexibility of application to varied situations. Students, exposed to varied levels of knowledge and understanding, should be placed in progressively appropriate classes that recognize their current knowledge and understanding -- i.e., incremental education! The concept is to build the process step by step as the individual student progresses in knowledge, understanding and expertise-- and in the case of an architectural /engineering topic like specifications, on a “need to know” basis. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 175: The Time is NOW!

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

YES, the time for action-- mutual, forward thinking action for new programs and resolution. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 174: Purity

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Are you a person so strictly disciplined that you have never-- NEVER!—varied or strayed from any instructions you were given?

Have you never once violated the speed limit, even when passing another cat?

Have you never, even just under your breath issued “an oath”? Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 173: Memorial Thoughts

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

As the smallish figure approached me, I snapped the most military salute I could conjure up with arthritic shoulder, and crooked fingers. I said, “Thanks for your service”. That brought a big smile and a very sincere, “Thank you”, that is very nice of you” Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 172: STOP!.......LOOK AND LISTEN!!

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Now this call is a relic of the past, when steam locomotives headed trains. The advice was simply in intent-- stop, don’t rush onto the tracks; look, to see if a train or part thereof was moving toward you; and listen to make sure you did not arrive in between shrieks of the locomotive’s whistle. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 171: The Abyss -- Poof!!!!!

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Poof!............it’s gone! Oh, sure-- didn’t mean anything any way. Poof!..........be gone-- to naysayers, cynics, doomsayers, critics and other deniers.

The shame of the abyss is that exists, and has existed for far too long-- perhaps several decades]; is so roundly misunderstood and ignored; withholds so much good information to the project; is vitally needed to round out the technical aspects of the project; and that mostly shamefully, NO ONE seems to give a whip-stitch about it! The lack of understanding and comprehension is that deep!! Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 170: Why the Abyss?

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Because very few people have a family history of dealing with an architect, or realizing the benefits of doing so! Houses can be built using builders’ plans or those produced by a vocational school trained drafter in the lumber yard office [hence built for a family that is given what someone else thinks they need]. And no one realizes or understands how the safety and sanitary accommodations in their office, stores, churches and schools, etc., are ascertained and provided for-- much less how their own mood can be influenced by the physical environment they are in [i.e., the overall design features, the colors, the materials, the relationships, etc.]. Read More...

Curmudgeon's Corner: What have architects given up?

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

When architects were Master Builders, they were responsible for an entire project, from beginning to end. Over the years, as buildings became more complex, the architect became the leader of a team of professionals, a Master Builder by committee. However, along the way, a number of things fell aside, leaving others to take on essential functions that apparently were no longer important to the team. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 169: Avoiding Voids

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

We must be continually on the watch to reject “sporadic diligence”! An oxymoron, or mutually exclusive phrase, that still is something we engage in and must be more careful about. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 168: Tribute

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

You know, we professionals [general classification, NOT membership type!] need to take some time to speak of “those other folks”-- the manufacturers’ and product representatives! We really do!!!! We sometimes “talk” a lot about them, but never really ABOUT them. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 167: Architecture -- Technical Marksmanship

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

What it is, is architecture! Or is it?

Architecture has long been held, considered and defined as part artistic, and part engineering. The exact breakdown of these two attributes has never been established, and more than likely vacillate in the perspective of the individual. And in the project requirements and needs-- some simple; some most complex. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 166: You Can't Have One Without the Other...

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Yup! Just like the song says, and for a long, long time-- and still is in many instances [like the Student Performance standard of the National Architectural Accrediting Board—NAAB]. You may remember that in 2009 many CSI members commented to NAAB that in reworking their standard that the word “specifications” should not be removed since it is a defined part of the Contract Documents and pertains to important, relevant, and essential information for every project. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 165: How to Put a Building Together

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

INSTRUCTIONS: Describe how a typical commercial building is built. Read More...

Curmudgeon's Corner: What is a Master Builder?

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

The master mason was in charge. He was architect and builder rolled into one. He often directed a work force numbering into hundreds. But he also worked among his people. He cut stone and installed plumbing. That puzzles us, wed as we are to the notion that academic and manual knowledge don't mix.
John H. Lienhard, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering and History, University of Houston;
my emphasis. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 164: Late in the Game

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

It’s much too far into the game-- that point where there is multiple realization that things don’t fit! The point where the architectural intern is graduated, mired in debt, at a loss as to what to do, and in all too many cases, HOW to do whatever! Practicing offices don’t see this until they try to find good productive hires who understand the system, profession and tasks involved the jargon, etc. [including specifications]. The academics see this only as “history” since they have completed what they see as their obligation-- although even they admit so much is left unapproached and unlearned. But that belongs to others!! Hmmmmm! CSI has much of the same attitude. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 163: Are You Willing To Be Wrong?

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

The Daily Motivator asked the question first, but seems like a good question to ask in our context.

“Are you willing to be wrong?”

Now this is not saying, “Are you looking to be wrong”, and in no way intends to place you in a defensive mood or position. It is a simple, straight-forward question-- period! Read More...

Northeast Region Spring Board Meeting & Workshop

CSI Northeast Region Members,

The Northeast Region Spring Board Meeting & Workshop will be held on April 27th & 28th at the Holiday Inn Portsmouth, 300 Woodbury Avenue, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801. The schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 27th
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm board lunch
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm NER Board Meeting with 3:00 pm 15 minute break
Dinner on your own

Saturday, April 28th
Breakfast complimentary for hotel guests
9:00 am - 11:00 am Building Stronger Chapters Workshop with 10:00 am 15 minute break
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Region Annual Meeting
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm lunch for attendees

Attendees need to make their hotel reservations prior to April 20th in order to receive the group rate. When making a reservation refer to booking code "CSI". To make a reservation please call (603) 501-8000. The group rate is $89 per night plus 9% tax, this includes breakfast the next morning. The Region will reimburse all Region Board Members & Region Committee Chairs for one night hotel stay plus travel expenses in accordance with current Region reimbursement policies. There is no charge for others to attend but they will not be reimbursed for thier expenses; however lunch will be provided on Saturday so please RSVP to the Region Treasurer, Roland Barrett at barrettr@comcast.net if you will not be making a reservation to stay at the hotel.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

Kenneth R. Gehringer, AIA, CSI, CCCA

Northeast Region President Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 162: Why Is It?

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

If you were to put a random group of construction “people” [architects, engineers, construction professional, etc. in a large room, and mention the word specifications, I’d bet the topic would be esoteric [and increasingly so], mysterious or flat-out baffling to the vast majority.

Why? Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 161: The Absence of Thought

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Who is aware? Who is concerned? Who understands? Who give a tinker’s damn? Who’s been in a group- think about this? Who never thinks about it until this thing hits your Inbox every Wednesday? Read More...

Curmudgeon's Corner: What happened to the Master Builder?

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

It's time architects accepted reality: They no longer are master builders, and haven't been for a long time. It's nothing to get excited about (well, not too excited), and there is no reason to maintain the fiction that architects are what they were in the good old days. In fact, there is good reason to admit the truth and move on. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 160: Playing “Let’s Pretend”

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Playing “Let’s Pretend”, of course, is really ignoring the facts [or not knowing them] or substituting your view of things despite reality [although you are fully aware]. It’s a sham, suitable and understandable only for youngsters who make their own world. But our world is quite different. Some people have a pretend mindset that they are the best; the prettiest; the strongest; the most ingenious;, the fastest;, the doer of the perfect crime [even billionaires do this]; the smartest…………etc. Sorry! Pretend is not going to get you there. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 159: The Student, the Graduate and the Intern in the Architectural Profession

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

In the current frenzy to produce projects in record time [coupled with the ultra- frenzied computer and software industry], the design professionals have abandon specifications and provided increased production by in-house staffs. The computers industry continues to pump out new machines and programs-- I am not sure all of these are necessary except to generate confusion, and sales. Of course that industry can do as it pleases, but it is the impact on the construction industry that is most questionable-- and of concern. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 158: Fact

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Take the computer out of the equation, for a moment. Did [or can] architecture and building construction exist without the computer?]…… But if there is no computer, et. al., what is left? And then, take knowledge of construction methods and materials, and suitable depiction/documentation of required project work away, and what have you got? Well, what? Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 157: The Student, The Graduate and The Intern in The Architectural Profession [before CSI]

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

In the current frenzy to produce projects in record time [coupled with the equally frenzied computer and software industry], the design professional have abandon specifications and provided increased production by in-place staffs. The computers industry continues to pump out need machines and programs-- I am not sure all of these are necessary except to generate confusion, and sales. Of course that industry can do as its pleases, it is the impact on the construction industry that is most questionable-- and of concern. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 156: Let's Re-Visit "Education"

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

I really think we need to re-visit education from the beginning to the end [of former schooling that is!] How did it get so darn complicated and involved? Tell me there isn’t still a need for readin’, writin’ and ‘arithmetic? We now have college graduates [including athletes] who can’t read-- maybe that’s why they don’t understand what a contract means! We have people who drive like the devil, but barely pass the written test-- if at all. Read More...

New LICSI Bulletin Board Posting

Specifications Writer Needed

Per-SPEC-tives No. 155: The Price of Making A Difference

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

Everything, and I guess everyone has a price! In life, we come to learn, not so much in those words, but the rough experience that tells us, over and over-- to gain something you usually have to give something back or up! That may even apply to those who are independently wealthy, through mere inheritance, but the power and impact comes out more in those that work for their money. Read More...

Curmudgeon's Corner: 3 reasons to not get certified

by Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

Aren't you tired of all this talk about certification? No one will tell you, but there are a few good reasons to save your time and skip the exams. Why waste the time and effort on something you probably don't need? If any of these reasons apply to you, sit back and relax - you're in great shape. Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 154: The Missing Word

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

The aggregate membership of CSI—design professionals, specifiers/consultants and product representatives, all-- engage in some form of education, to enhance skills, to communicate and to contribute to varying degrees in project construction. In the various educational forums, the emphasis is on “information”, and “knowledge”. More and more we are realizing that the professional schools are not fully educating the students, and they are coming to the work place unprepared and virtually at a loss as to their role in the process, what they are to produce and how, Some have bit of knowledge, but not to the point where they are capable of applying it to specific situations. Ah, ha, the lack of “wisdom”, as in how do you produce this feature of the project from prudent application of one or more of these materials [etc.]? Read More...

Per-SPEC-tives No. 153: Hmmmmm!, What If CSI…………….

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT, Cincinnati, OH

If the International Code Council [ICC] can do this…….

ICC Adopts Model Building Code Training for High School Students
The Code Council is supporting the nationwide expansion of a pilot program
to prepare high school students for careers in code enforcement and the
construction industry. See--
http://www.iccsafe.org/newsroom/News%20Releases/NR-11302011-HighSchoolProgram.pdf

….what should, can, or will CSI do within their broad range of expertise in construction information, education, standards and communications, in a similar direction; at say, the post-secondary/college level? Read More...