It was an interesting 2016—some markets saw steady growth, while others entered one of the worst recessions they have ever experienced. However, as the calendar turns to 2017, thoughts likewise turn to the coming year. For some people, this means setting personal goals for self-improvement.
Over the past several years, a common concern voiced at CSC conferences is how the association promotes membership to recent graduates and new members of the construction community. A measurable objective about this has been included in our new “2015 and Beyond Strategic Plan,” which will be introduced at the Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg, and posted on the website for those members unable to attend Conference 2015.
Specifications need to move away from the overly simplified and technically inadequate approach adopted over the last few decades. There must be a return to technically competent specifications firmly rooted in performance, with product listings illustrating the design intent and execution requirements. Specifications should indicate what is required, and avoid telling the constructor how to perform the work.
I have friends that often influence my approach to specification writing. One such friend is a ship navigator, who drew many comparisons between his role on the bridge and ours as specifiers. I liked the comparison so much I thought it might be worthwhile to share based on the exact word parallels.
Recently, I was researching into volatile organic compound (VOC) levels for epoxy coatings to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Healthcare requirements. I was well aware of the different levels of familiarity with sustainable measures, and how challenging they are to incorporate into specifications. Why is there no guideline document to help write specifications for this? But then I remembered the planned CSC Green Tek-Aid… and why it never came to be.
This October 20, CSC-DCC celebrates its diamond anniversary—60 years of being “committed to ongoing development and delivery of quality education programs, publications, and services for the betterment of the construction community.” From its beginnings in a Toronto design office in the early 1950s to its current status as a national, bilingual association with more than 1700 members in 15 chapters across Canada…
Registration is now open for CSC Edmonton courses starting in September.
Members can submit registration for the Principles Of Construction Documentation (PCD) course. This is a prerequisite for all CSC courses, and successful completion is required to achieve Certified Technical Representative (CTR), the Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA), and the Certified Specifications Practitioner (CSP) designations.
Also now open for registration are the Construction Contract Administration (CCA), Specifier 1, and Technical Representative (TR) courses.
The 2014-2015 edition of the CSC Directory of Members will be making its way to members this fall.
The annual bilingual resource provides contact information for the design/construction professionals who comprise CSC’s membership. It is searchable by last name, chapter and organization as well as via honorifics like Life Membership, College of Fellows, Past-Presidents, and CSC designations.
Both in digital and digest-size booklet forms, this resource is greatly anticipated each year.
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