Women in construction and how they are paving the way

With an industry that seems to be lacking women professionals, we had the honour to talk to Zey Emir, a professional engineer and construction expert, who is the current chair of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), and also the president of the large national consulting company, Revay & Associates Ltd.

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Architects and Specification Writers: Part two

A basic tenet of a good set of construction documents is “Mention it once and in the right place.” The contract is between the owner and the contractor, and the specifications communicate to the latter what is required (without telling the contractor how to construct). This second article in a three-part series on architects, specifiers, and construction documentation focuses on language and specification format.

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Spec Matters: What does THAT mean?

English is complicated, and misinterpretation of written communication is pervasive. Without the added layer of subtleties of speech tone, body language, and context, many written sentences can be easily misinterpreted. This is especially true when it comes to specifications.

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