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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July 28th, 2016

“We don’t need specifications. We just use notes on our drawings.”Just designing for friends? Enjoying a run of good luck? If not, make sure you have all of these issues addressed on your drawings, or else issue written specifications. The building code, the architectural licensing board, and liability insurance carriers expect these issues to be addressed in construction contracts. A typical set of well prepared specifications cover all these issues, and more.Thanks to Julia Hall, CSI,…

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