Category Archives: Design

Innovation Report > Using Very Small Strain Analysis to Monitor Structures

It is quite common in the construction industry to monitor structures for potential damage from ongoing construction activities. Impact to retaining walls, foundations, adjacent buildings, abutments, etc. from ongoing construction are typically undertaken through the application of optical based laser … Continue reading


Construction Management Alignment Issues (Part 1 of 4)

Over the past forty years, the construction industry has witnessed the evolution of the construction management (CM) delivery methodology.   Today, when we speak generically about CMs, we usually refer to CM-At Risk, which is different that CM-As Agent.  The latter … Continue reading

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Less is More in Structured Cabling

Less is More in Structured Cabling by Patrick Smith, President, SK Cabling Inc. In today’s IT business environment, whether its virtualization or cloud servers, less is more.  Less space, less power, less management, less expense and more horse power, giving … Continue reading

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Free Online Engineering Content – M.I.T. Open Courseware & I.I.T. (YouTube)

OpenCourseWare started out as a pilot program by M.I.T. (Massachussets Institute of Technology) in 2002 with 32 courses. As of November 2011, over 2080 courses were available online. We in the engineering and construction community applaud M.I.T for remaining true … Continue reading

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B.I.M. Who Picks Up The Tab? By Michael Avramides, A.I.A

BIM: WHO PICKS UP THE TAB? Michael Avramides, A. I . A. 1. 2011 Three colleagues walk into a bar: an Owner, a Contractor and an Architect. The Owner orders something quick and practical as time is of the essence.  … Continue reading

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Business Relationships are Key

Architectural Insight…by Matthew Barhydt, AIA, LEED AP I recently received a phone call from a former colleague with whom I worked many years ago. I probably hadn’t seen him in at least 10 years but when I picked up the … Continue reading

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Architectural Insight

The Architect’s Corner will feature writings by Architects on topics relevant to our readers.  I am pleased to announce that Mr. Matthew Barhydt has joined this blog, and will offer his insights and views on design, construction and project management. … Continue reading

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Aligning Information Technology and Business Processes on Projects

The following is from a paper written by Jerry N. Luftman – “Alignment in the Sand” Project success requires alignment between information technology and business processes. The 12 factors involved in aligning technology and business are: – Business scope – … Continue reading

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