July 15th, 2020

It occurred to me that I could make note of some of the interesting things that happen every day in my specification consulting practice. I will try to keep this going for the second half of this year, posting a couple of times a month. They are all learning experiences for me – maybe for someone else, too.Wednesday, July 15, 2020Waiting to join a webinar on glazing performance presented by a long-time manufacturer client.Finishing a white paper on manufacturer specifications our…

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May 19th, 2020

SpecGuy is proud to have been part of the team working with the office of Concordia of New Orleans to restore the splendid Art Deco exterior of the Eleanor McMain Secondary School. Originally designed by architect E.A. Christy, the school was completed in 1932, and has been the school home for generations of New Orleans students. The before and after photos on our home page illustrate its previous desperate condition and the wonderful result. The exterior work was extended to significant…

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December 30th, 2019

18 years ago, CDT One Day at a Time! was born. Over 10,000 candidates have subscribed to this FREE program. It’s been used in-house in some of the nation’s largest AE firms. Building product manufacturers have enrolled their product representatives. It’s found its way to India, the United Arab Emirates, and Singapore, the UK, and Australia.We’ve just finished an update. Cross references have been checked. Questions verified and tweaked. And it’s time for Spring 2020 candidates to sign up…

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December 15th, 2019

We’re delighted to be joining the CSI Mid-Atlantic Region at their conference in lovely Harrisonburg VA this April. We’ll give a keynote address on computer applications in specifications writing, an exciting new concept in 1967 when CSI enlisted Stanford Research Institute to look ahead and make predictions about … 2020. On the schedule is an outstanding array of information on VR, robotics, app development, and offsite modular construction. Plus an ARE prep course. And the Let’s Fix…

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November 20th, 2016

“Hidden proprietary specifications,” the ones where you’ve provided the architect with a specification that “locks out” your competition, will only work once or twice. The architect, or your competition, will catch on. You’re setting the architect up for embarrassment if you convince them to use this approach. A better suggestion: Get your product named as the basis of design, and list a couple of additional manufacturers.Don’t work to exclude other products on trivial grounds! In fact, you…

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