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Tell Me Something I Don’t Know #40 – Fire Dampers

  • November 28, 2017

In the UK fire dampers should be tested (BS9999) at regular intervals not exceeding 2 years and spring operated dampers annually. NFPA requires testing 1 year after installation and then every 4 years (hospitals 6 years). How many construction teams do this? How many building maintenance team do this?

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Velocity of Business

  • November 24, 2017

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 128).

Firms have access to the same talent, hardware and software yet some flourish and some fail, Why?

I am pondering this question following a discussion I had with a property design graduate. He is three years post grad, digitally biased and has worked at four different firms, from intern to graduate. 
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In Praise of the Logic Network

  • November 18, 2017

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 127).

A Gantt chart without an underlying logic network is just a pretty picture IMHO.

I have written about this before, however I am seeing project after project where the programme (schedule), has no functioning, underlying logic. However the Gantt chart looks amazing, with all sorts of pretty colours which everyone pretends is correct, complete and logical.

To keep things simple, lets talk about the commissioning programme, which is a “graphical strategy” for system completion and progress assessment.

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Paying For Talent

  • November 7, 2017

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 125). 1. Should recruiters in property design and development be more like Hollywood agents? 2. Should high level talent in the property design and development world have agents and be paid signing bonuses? 3. Who is the one hire your firm can make…

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