Matthew Porta, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
The 2013 National CSI Conference kicked off on Tuesday, September 24th at the brand new Music City Center in Nashville. Day One had a full slate of educational sessions. All the sessions I attended were well done and full of great information. Here is an executive summary of my day. If you want to follow to live on Twitter, follow #CONSTRUCT.
Session 1: Assurance and Control; Specifying the Quality Loop - John Guill - @SpecmonkeyNorth
- Quality Assurance is the work we do in design, with our drawings and specificaitons to define quality during construction.
- Quality Control is the procedures of evaluating and verifing quality during fabrication and construction.
- Quality Assurance provides advance opportunities to assure quality will be provided.
- Concurrent Quality Process: The “Quality Loop” - Quality Control for each step in the
construction process serves as quality assurance for the next step.
- Quality Assurance Procedures are a Team Effort. Procedures are not the sole responsibility of any single participant, but are a continuing and concurrent series of acts and events by all participants directed toward the goal of achieving project quality.
Session 2: Specifications: Quality Control and Coordination - Michael D. Chambers
- What specifications are: Products, processes, and procedures.
- What specifications are not: Scope of work descriptions, Bid organization.
- Drawings show quantities, location, layout, relationships and dimensions .
- Specifications control procedures: Stay in control of the review and approval processes that affect the design concept .
- It is always about SOLUTIONS ... NEVER about products.
- Questions are the most effective QA/QC tool. We must ask more & better questions! We are assuming too much.
Session 3: Managing Up: How to Develop an Effective Relationship Between Employee and Boss - Norb Slowikowski
- Employees can control situations, but cannot control your boss.
- Establish credibility; let your boss know what your strengths are.
- Develop positive relationships with everyone you work with.
- When you start to work with someone, establish clear expectations.
- How to be effective? Always do the right thing. If you don’t know what the right thing is, ask.
- How to be efficient? Do it right the first time, no rework.
- Conflict is going to happen, don’t run away from it, deal with it.
Session 4: The Cloud and Connected BIM Process - Karl Heitman, Jenny Davis and Josh Myers
- BIM leveraged over cloud based computing is going to a technical paradigm shift in how buildings are designed and constructed.
- Data is not geographically constrained and is available real time.
- The future is here, it just isn’t what we thought it would be.
- Construction Specifiers Enter Data Once. Leverage web services to use the data during the project Lifecycle.
- Augmented Reality <AR> will change how design is presented and how construction is coordinated.
Full day of sessions with more great things to come.