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- From: Mark Gilligan <MarkKGilligan(--nospam--at)compuserve.com>
- Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1999 00:26:42 -0400
To All: I am trying to organize a course/seminar on specification writing for Structural Engineers and would appreciate your comments. It has been my observation that Structural Engineers are often ignorant about good specification writing practices. As a result the specifications created by engineers often have mistakes that may allow poor quality work or make it possible for the Contractor to obtain an inappropriate extra. In addition the lack of awareness of good specification practices can result in numerous comments from the Architect's specification writer which can take time to resolve. The problem is basically due to the fact that engineers are not educated on specification writing practices. The CSI Manual of Practice is a good text but few read it. In fact many engineers have never heard of Construction Specifications Institute (http://www.csinet.org). I have an initial expression of interest from the local CSI and SEAONC Continuing Education Committees, have recruited some volunteers, and am in the process of developing a plan. Towards this end I would appreciate feedback to help us to be responsive to the needs of structural engineers. With luck the course will be offered in the early part of next year in San Francisco. What I would appreciate are: -- Suggestions of topics that should be addressed. -- Difficulties you have had in dealing with Architects Specification Writers. -- Problems you have had in understanding how to write specifications. The course will deal with the organization of specifications, legal and contractual issues, formatting concerns, and where to place information. The course will not deal with technical issues such as what type of cement to specify or what testing and inspections should be specified. please send your e-mail responses to me at markkgilligan(--nospam--at)compuserve.com. PLEASE do NOT post your responses to the seaint list server. Mark Gilligan markkgilligan(--nospam--at)compuserve.com PS. If you are located in the SF Bay Area and want to volunteer please let me know.
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