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August 31, 2010
IN THIS ISSUE
Construction Documentation:
  • New MasterFormat Adopters
  • Member Blog: "Right" or "Not Wrong" - Choose Your Specs Wisely
  • Member Blog: Single Operation Egress
  • Blog: Specifications for RCC Construction – Building Estimating and Costing

Education:

  • MONDAY – Deadline CONSTRUCT2011 Call for Topics
  • CSI Webinar Series: Incorporating LEED into Project Specifications
  • Negotiation Skills for Construction Professionals
  • Guide Specifications: A Marketing Tool for Manufacturers and Sales Reps
  • USGBC Education Provider Workshop: Incorporating LEED into Project Specifications

Certification:

  • Online CDT Prep Course
  • Free CDT Study Guide!
  • CDTFlash iPhone App and PDF Flash Card Download
  • CSI Chapter Certification Study Courses
  • The Project Resource Manual

Community:

  • CSI Forum: (Specifications Discussion) Using the Building Code as a Reference Standard
  • Member Blog: Chusid Associates De-Filed
  • Contract Administration Practice Group

Membership:

  • CSI Support of ConsensusDOCS Benefits Members
  • Get More Out of Your Membership – Join a Chapter!
  • Hot Jobs

Calendar of Events:

  • Upcoming CSI Education Programs and Events
New UniFormat Released!
Price: CSI Member: $91 and Non-Member $114
 
UniFormat, a product of CSI and CSC (Construction Specifications Canada), is most often seen in the hands of estimators and design teams, who use it as a cost analysis format or to arrange early project design documentation. Because it breaks a facility into the systems that perform distinct functions – shell, foundation, interiors, etc. -- without naming the specific solutions or products used to achieve them, it provides a consistent method for tracking and estimating costs and evaluating options, even before the design team has finished developing drawings and specifications.
 
This new edition of UniFormat harmonizes with CSI’s suite of standards and formats, including MasterFormat’s 50 divisions and the new PPDFormat, which guides the development of preliminary project descriptions.
 
Used together, UniFormat and PPDFormat are a comprehensive approach to organizing construction information during the design stage. They can save the design team time when the development of construction documentation begins, and help estimators keep the team on budget.
 
UniFormat also has a future with BIM. It is key to organizing the data that is attached to a model during the preliminary design stages.
 
Changes in this edition of UniFormat are the result of five years of work by CSI and CSC. Important changes include:
  • Revising UniFormat to increase its usefulness for classifying information for new applications, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM).
  • Changing the title of the introductory element from “Project Description” to “Introduction” and adding additional material on project criteria and owner’s development activities.
  • Moving stairs from Category C Interiors to B Shell.
  • Reorganizing Category D Services to reflect more of a systems approach with generic functional categories.
  • Providing standardized numbers for Level 4 titles throughout UniFormat.
  • Adding example performance requirements to many functional elements.
  • Separating Related Activities from physical elements in the A Substructure and G Sitework elements. These activities may be included with functional elements as appropriate.
  • Placing supplementary components for many functional elements into separate categories to avoid repeating them with each functional element. The Supplementary Components are intended to be included with each functional element in that category as appropriate.
  • Updating MasterFormat references to the 2010 version of MasterFormat.
UniFormat classifies information into the following elements:
INTRODUCTION
A) SUBSTRUCTURE
B) SHELL
C) INTERIORS
D) SERVICES
E) EQUIPMENT AND FURNISHINGS
F) SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION
G) BUILDING SITEWORK
Z) GENERAL
 
Keep your projects on budget, and organize your preliminary construction data so that it will serve you better later on. Use UniFormat!
 
Price: CSI Member: $91 and Non-Member $114
Get it in the CSI Store
 
Construction Documentation:

New MasterFormat Adopters
Facilities Planning & Management - Iowa State University (Ames, IA), Suntech (San Francisco, CA), Celufibre Industries(Canada), and Larson & Darby Group, Inc. (Rockford, IL) are among the organizations that have upgraded to today’s 50-division version of MasterFormat. See a list of organizations now using the standard, or complete this form to add your firm to the list.

Member Blog: "Right" or "Not Wrong" - Choose Your Specs Wisely
David Stutzman, CSI, CCS, writes about the need for specifications to be right. "Limiting the scope of the spec writers may save a few thousand dollars during the design phase, but it can result in expensive conflicts after construction contracts are awarded." Read this blog.

Member Blog: Single Operation Egress
“It’s hard to believe that this question still comes up as often as it does, so I’m hoping to definitively answer it once and for all,” Lori Greene, CSI, CCPR, writes. “The question is, do single bathrooms require locks which release with one operation?” Read this blog

Blog: Specifications for RCC Construction – Building Estimating and Costing
“In my earlier articles, I have discussed types of specifications and various purposes for which specifications are to be given. Most of the constructions of various types of buildings are RCC constructions. In this article, we are going to discuss in detail about the specifications that are to be necessarily given for carrying out RCC (reinforced Cement Concrete) constructions.” Read this blog.

 
Education:

MONDAY – Deadline CONSTRUCT2011 Call for Topics
CONSTRUCT2011 & The CSI Annual Convention will take place Sept. 13-16 in Chicago. CONSTRUCT is now accepting submissions for the 2011 education program, which has the theme, "Progressive Thinking. Practical Solutions." Sept. 6 is the deadline for submissions. Learn more

CSI Webinar Series: Incorporating LEED into Project Specifications
This 3-part course provides attendees with an understanding of the importance of specifications in documenting LEED requirements following CSI’s recommended practices and formats. The course also explains the need for an integrated team approach to achieve LEED/sustainable goals on a project and the critical function of the specifier on that team. Attendees will learn how to find, evaluate and specify appropriate green products, materials, systems and construction procedures and, how to implement these specified techniques during the construction phase. The sessions will be September 9, 16 and 23, 2-3:30pm ET. Learn more, or register now

Sept. 14 Webinar
Negotiation Skills for Construction Professionals
After receiving high marks at CONSTRUCT2010, Chuck Doran brings “Negotiation Skills for Construction Professional” to CSI Webinars. Based on principles developed at the Harvard Negotiation Project and the bestseller "Getting To Yes," this webinar is designed to build your capacity to negotiate collaboratively, producing better outcomes for all construction teams while enhancing the long-term working relationships between architects, specifiers, owners, contractors, product reps and manufacturers. Join Doran, a Senior Negotiation Instructor with MWI, for a 90-minute webinar using examples taken from the job site that will introduce you to a systematic and strategic approach to decision making that will help you effectively negotiate change orders, contracts and create better deals with business partners, contractors and clients. Learn more, or register

Sept. 21 Webinar
Guide Specifications: A Marketing Tool for Manufacturers and Sales Reps
Building product manufacturers often provide guide specs to specifiers for use as starting points in the writing of project specifications. A simple guide spec is a useful tool, but much more can be accomplished when a manufacturer understands the guide spec’s potential. A well-crafted guide spec, employing CSI’s principles of specifying, can educate the design professional, hold the keys to successful installation, and build trust between the manufacturer and the design team. This course, led by two experienced specifiers with expertise in guide specification writing, will help suppliers identify whether a guide spec would be a valuable addition to the product literature. The course will offer insight into preparing documents that will be valuable to design professionals, contractors, and customers. Learn more or register

USGBC Education Provider Workshop: Incorporating LEED into Project Specifications
November 19, 1 - 5:30pm
This course provides attendees with an understanding of the importance of specifications in documenting LEED requirements following CSI’s recommended practices and formats. The course also explains the need for an integrated team approach to achieve LEED/sustainable goals on a project and the critical function of the specifier on that team. Attendees will learn how to find, evaluate and specify appropriate green products, materials, systems and construction procedures, and how to implement these specified techniques during the construction phase. All approved courses offered by USGBC Education Providers are approved for credit toward LEED Professional Credential Maintenance. Learn more, or register now

 
 
Certification:

Online CDT Prep Course
The CDT Prep Course lays the groundwork for understanding the development of facilities and the ins and outs of the process and, most important, prepares you for taking the CDT exam – a respected credential in the construction industry. CSI will offer six live study sessions at noon ET on Wednesdays, August 11- September 15 to accompany the online prep program. About the program:
  • Learn at your own pace with on-demand sessions (11 total)
  • Live, multi-week, webinar-based study sessions
  • Earn CSI CEUs and AIA LUs
  • Registration fee: $150 (Package discount, does not include purchase of the PRM.)
Learn more, or register now

Free CDT Study Guide!
Download a free study guide to help you prepare! This guide will help you focus on key areas of CSI’s Project Resource Manual (PRM), the primary resource for the CDT exam. Free guides are also available to help you prepare for the CCS, CCCA, and CCPR exam.

CDTFlash iPhone App and PDF Flash Card Download
CDTFlash is an iPhone application to help you study for the CDT exam! Answers to these 80+ questions include excerpts and citations from the PRM – for only $4.99. To learn more or purchase this new application, visit iTunes. Don't have an iPhone? The flash cards are also available in a PDF format in The CSI Store

CSI Chapter Certification Study Courses
CSI’s Phoenix Chapter will offer a CDT prep course Sept. 16-18 – Just in time for the fall exam candidates. Many other CSI chapters offer formal study groups and informal mentoring for candidates pursuing the CDT certificate in CSI's Fall2010 exams. Find a study course

The Project Resource Manual
The Project Resource Manual is your guide to producing and managing construction documentation during every phase of the project. As the primary resource for the CDT, CCS, CCCA and CCPR exams, the manual is the authoritative resource for the organization, preparation, use, and interpretation of construction documents, encompassing the entire life cycle of a facility from conception through facility management. Wrote one purchaser: "If the AIA Handbook is about running a firm, the CSI PRM is about running a project...A must-have for architects who strive to deliver projects in a more expert and professional manner, and wish to more effectively interface with contractors during the construction phase... I can't believe I made it through 6 years of architectural education without being required to own this book." Learn more, or purchase

 
Community:

CSI Forum: (Specifications Discussion) Using the Building Code as a Reference Standard
“Typically, general conditions relieve the contractor of responsibility for code conformance. But, using the Building Code as a reference standard in the specifications is a standard practice. What clause should be included in the general conditions to ensure that the contractor will conform with the building code when listed in the specifications as a reference standard?” Read this forum

Member Blog: Chusid Associates De-Filed
“When, recently, our storage room was defiled by water from a ruptured pipe, I decided it was time to de-file Chusid Associates of as many paper-based documents as I could,” Michael Chusid, FCSI, writes. “This process has helped me measure how far and fast our industry has come in the shift to digital media. Here are some of my observations…” Read this blog

Contract Administration Practice Group
CSI is now organizing a Contract Administration Practice Group for professionals who manage construction documentation, especially front-end documents and general conditions. Discuss the roles, responsibilities and contractual obligations of the entire construction team. Learn more, or join now it’s free

 
 
Membership:

CSI Support of ConsensusDOCS Benefits Members
In July 2010, CSI and four leading construction industry associations signed onto the ConsensusDOCS effort, joining 24 other construction industry organizations. CSI members receive a direct benefit of a 20% discount on all ConsensusDOCS products at www.ConsensusDOCS.org (Partner Code: CSI and Promotional Code: 100).

Get More Out of Your Membership – Join a Chapter!
Are you getting all that you can out of your CSI membership – are you a part of a local chapter? CSI has more than 140 chapters across the United States and recently launched a virtual chapter – CSINext. By participating in a chapter you have the opportunity to earn continuing education credits and network with other industry professionals. Find and join a chapter today

Hot Jobs
CSI’s Career Center  posts new openings in the construction industry every week! This week’s hot jobs include: BIM coordinator (Columbus, OH); Project Management Trainer (Charlotte, NC); Building Engineering Inspector – Electrical Specialist (Santa Maria, CA); Structural/Civil Engineer (Alexandria, VA). Visit the Career Center to learn more about these jobs.

 
rounded cornerCalendar of Events:
CSI Specifying Practice Group Meeting
September 2, 2010, 3-4pm ET
Join the group – it’s free!! 

CONSTRUCT2011 Call for Topics Deadline
September 6, 2010
Submit now

CSI Webinar: Incorporating LEED into Project Specifications – Part 1
September 9, 2010, 2-3pm ET
Learn more, or register now

CSI Webinar: Negotiation Skills for Construction Professionals
September 14, 2010, 2-3:30pm ET
Learn more, or register.


CSI Webinar: Incorporating LEED into Project Specifications – Part 2
September 16, 2010, 2-3:30pm ET
Learn more, or register now

CSI CDT and Advanced Certification Exams
September 20-25, 2010
Learn more

CSI Webinar: Guide Specifications: A Marketing Tool for Manufacturers and Sales Reps
September 21, 2010, 2-3pm ET
Learn more or register

CSI Webinar: Incorporating LEED into Project Specifications – Part 3
September 23, 2010, 2-3:30pm ET
Learn more, or register now

Middle Atlantic Region Conference (Annapolis, MD)
September 23-26, 2010
Learn more

Northwest Region Conference (West Yellowstone, MT)
September 23-26, 2010
Learn more

West Region Conference (Yosemite National Park)
September 30-Oct.1, 2010
Learn more.

Northeast Region Conference
April 2011


South Central Region Conference (Tulsa, OK)
April 21-24, 2011


Southeast Region Conference (Greenville, SC)
April 8-9, 2011


 

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