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Women in Engineering

  • May 18, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 150). The Edifice Complex Podcast wants to explore the issues women in engineering face and how they can be addressed in mutually beneficial ways. The goal is to do this by “walking in the shoes” of someone living this experience and coaching where we can. Therefore, the Edifice…

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Freelancer or Entrepreneur?

  • May 5, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 148). Ah, the things I wish I understood when I was young. I used to look at my boss and think to myself, what does he do all day? We do the work and he just sits in the office or goes…

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Delusion is an Opportunity

  • April 28, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 147). During a light hearted discussion about the current state of the building design and construction industry I was challenged to list all the delusions I see today in the industry press and in actual practice.  My conclusion? There is a “bubble”…

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Lemon Laws for Buildings

  • April 20, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 146). To misquote Henry David Thoreau, the property industry is "hacking at the branches of the problems and not striking at the root”.  What problems?  Poor design. BTW, copy and paste is not design. Low quality outcomes. High energy, high carbon outcomes.…

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Where is Elon Musk? – Cars Vs Buildings

  • April 6, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 144). I got some interesting love & hate feed back on my "Site House Keeping is a KPI” piece ( https://bldwhisperer.com/site-house-keeping-is-a-kpi/ ).  So to double down on the theme, my question this week is, “where is Elon Musk?" There are no commissioning…

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Site House Keeping is a KPI

  • March 30, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 143). Companies and people emit signals 24/7 about their competence, core values and who they really are. IMHO, how you do something is how you do everything! How you present yourself, manage workflow and staff, even how you write and send an…

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Unboxing Video Vs Kick Off Meeting

  • March 23, 2018

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 142). Ever get the feeling that everyone at the project kick off meeting is just going through the motions so they can tick it off as a milestone done? If you have led a kick off meeting and people are looking at…

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