September 2, 2017

For those of you who follow my work on the Baltimore CSI Chapter's blog, Felt Tips, you may recall a series I've written across the last few years detailing a formal collaboration program I've been involved in on a project our firm currently has under construction. If...

I recently retweeted a tweet by Dan Rockwell, The Leadership Freak. He's a great follow on Twitter @leadershipfreak. Dan said, "Do-nothing people tell do-something people to slow down!" My comment on the retweet was, "Volunteer leaders should think on this." I think th...

We've had two collaboration meetings since my last blog posting on the collaboration effort I'm participating in. To recap, our firm is involved in a very large, biomedical research building project at a local public university. The delivery method is CM-at-risk with d...

My mother is a retired English teacher, so I strive to use exact language in all I do. I think this is part of what has caused me to be as active in the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) as I am. Say what you mean and mean what you say is one of many mantras...

As I logged into blogger to do this post, I realized that I'm a couple of posts behind on the collaboration effort I'm engaged in on a large project. I wrote a 2-parter on the opening session (here and here) and a follow up called "We Were Not One and Done" on the 2nd...

This is the third in a series of blogs that will recount/investigate a collaboration exercise undertaken by a large and diverse project team involved in a large and complicated biomedical research building. I intentionally do not mention the project, client or team mem...

June 1, 1996

The metrication bandwagon rolled on during the last year. In this Felt-Tip, we follow-up on some recent developments discussed in last year's Felt-Tip on metrication. We also highlight how the steel industry is metricating.

Last year, GSA's headquarters said that they w...


Continuity and quality assurance in the load path from each exterior component to the ground is the key to creating buildings and building elements that withstand wind loads. With the release this year of

ASCE 7-95 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Othe...

February 1, 1996

As promised, here is our fourth annual installment of new ASTM standards. The following construction-related standards were adopted by the American Society for Testing and Materials in 1995. 

Just as a reminder, here is the organization of the standards:

A—Ferrous Metals


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