CSI On-Demand Webinars are education sessions that provide convenient, quality learning at an affordable price – you will be able to see materials, hear an instructor and earn continuing education credit. Courses qualify for CSI Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and AIA Continuing Education Hours (CEHs). Check the course description for details.
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CCPR Prep Course
The CCPR Prep Course is a series of webinars designed to help candidates prepare for the Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR) Examination. The CCPR Prep Course provides an in-depth review and discussion of all phases of the construction documentation, and your role in each phase. The structure of the CCPR Prep Course will follow and expand upon concepts identified in the Construction Product Representation Practice Guide and the CCPR Candidate Handbook with an emphasis on the exam content summary.
Total instructional time: 3.5 Hours (5 Sessions)
Nonmember Price: $295
CCPR Prep Course Session 1: Pre-Project Activities
Speaker:Laura Jean I. Frye, CSI, CCS, AHC
CCPR Prep Course Session 2: Project Design
Speaker: Timothy J. Gottwalt, CSI, CCPR, CDC, AHC
CCPR Prep Course Session 3: Procurement
Speaker: Brian Keil, CSI, CCPR
CCPR Prep Course Session 4: Construction
Speaker: Bill Coady, CSI, CCPR
CCPR Prep Course Session 5: Facility Management
Speaker: Jim Whitfield, II, FCSI, CCPR, CTC, LEED AP
BIM for Building Product Manufacturers
Robert Weygant, CSI, CDT, SCIP
BIM for Building Product Manufacturers
Robert Weygant, CSI, CDT, SCIP
Join Robert Weygant, CSI, CDT, SCIP, leader of CSI's BIM Practice Group, and let an expert on what architects are looking for and what manufacturers can deliver explain to you what your company needs to deliver to your design clients. Architects have made a wholesale change in how they develop projects, moving from 2D CAD software to 3D BIM software. Because a BIM project is driven largely by the elements used to build it, BIM is only as good as the components that are available. Making manufacturer specific components available to architects will allow them to specify exact products and leverage the information contained within them. BIM for Building Product Manufacturers will go through the expectations that Architects have regarding BIM Content, and provide a sense of what to do and what not to do when getting models developed.
CCS (Retired) Prep Course Review
This series of onDemand Webinars is a retired CCS Prep Course.
For those candidates preparing for the exam, this content can be used as an auxiliary aid to a study plan based on the 2014 CCS Candidate Handbook and the content domains listed therein.
Total instructional time: 7.5 Hours (5 Sessions)
Nonmember Price: $175
Webinar 01: Construction Contract Types/ Specifying Techniques and Applications
Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) Prep Course Webinar 01: Construction Contract Types/ Specifying Techniques and Applications
Webinar 02: Agreements and Conditions of the Contract /Changes in the Work and Construction and Design Document Organization
Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) Prep Course Webinar 02: Agreements and Conditions of the Contract /Changes in the Work and Construction and Design Document Organization
Webinar 03: Construction and Design Document Organization/ Division 01 – General Requirements
Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) Prep Course:
Webinar 3: Construction and Design Document Organization and Division 01 - General Requirements
Webinar 04: Production Techniques/Procurement and Contracting Requirements
Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) Prep Course: Webinar 4: Production Techniques/Procurement and Contracting Requirements
Webinar 05: Specifying Techniques and Applications
Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) Prep Course Webinar 05: Specifying Techniques and Applications
CCCA (Retired) Prep Course
This series of onDemand Webinars is a retired CCCA Prep Course.
For those candidates preparing for the exam, this content can be used as an auxiliary aid to a study plan based on the 2014 CCCA Candidate Handbook and the content domains listed therein.
Total instructional time: Approximately 13 Hours (14 Sessions)
Nonmember Price: $175
Session 1: Documents Used During Construct and Project Delivery Methods
Session 2: Roles and Responsibilities
Session 3: Preconstruction
Session 4: Procurement
Session 5: Meetings
Session 6: Submittals
Session 7: Site Visits, Observation, and Inspection
Session 8: Quality Assurance and Quality Control
Session 9: Interpretations and Modifications
Sessions 10-11: Executing the Work and Claims and Disputes
Session 12: Measurement and Payment
Sessions 13-14: Project Closeout and Facility Management
No Exceptions Taken: Understanding the Legal Consequences of Shop Drawings and Other SubmittalsSpeaker: Gerald I. Katz, Esq.
Katz & Stone, L.L.P.
Architects and engineers routinely stamp shop drawings and other submittals with vague languagee.g., "no exceptions taken"intended to limit their scope of, and liability for, submittal review. This seminar discusses the legal significance of these disclaimers: how do courts treat these disclaimers and what are the consequences for other project participants, such as owners, contractors and subcontractors?
The seminar also discusses related issues such as the contractual process under which submittals are prepared, submitted, reviewed and approved; the consequences of approving defective submittals; a contractor's obligation to review and approve the submittals of its subcontractors; and statutory obligations affecting submittals.
The submittals process is vital to any successful project. Delays in submittal submission, review and approval canand often dosignificantly impact the project schedule. This seminar will address the often-overlooked contractual and legal issues surrounding submittals that owners, architects, engineers and contractors face on projects every day.
The Hub of the Wheel: Specifying Division 01
The Hub of the Wheel: Specifying Division 01: Part 1
The Hub of the Wheel: Specifying Division 01: Part 2
Concrete With Little or No Shrinkage, Cracking and CurlingSpeaker:Dave Flax
Manager - Southwest Region /The Euclid Chemical Company
This presentation will cover a great many topics that effect the shrinkage, cracking and curling of concrete. Typical concrete shrinks about 0.06%. In this presentation the emphasis for the concrete mix design will be on reducing the shrinkage to 0.04%, 0.02% or even 0.00% by the use of the proper coarse aggregate size & quantity and by the use of shrinkage reducing & shrinkage compensating admixtures. We will cover how to write a spec to achieve these low shrinkage percentages.
But if we don't want cracks and curling, getting the mix design right is only the beginning. We will also look at what happens after the concrete is placed. Including the use of an evaporation retarder, proper curing, joint layout, sawcutting, etc.
There are many tests that are typically run on the concrete at the jobsite and in the weeks following, but none of them tell us right there at the job site in real time if concrete is likely to shrink, crack and curl. We will cover the one job site test method that will provide that critical information immediately
How the Courts Interpret SpecificationsSpeaker:
Gerald I. Katz, Esq.
Katz & Stone, L.L.P.
Specifications are contract provisions. Like any other portion of a construction contract that is unclear or unambiguous, a faulty specification often creates disputes which then must be resolved by the courts according to basic rules of contract interpretation. Being familiar with these rules will help in understanding and using specifications, and enable specifiers to do a better job of crafting clear, concise specifications and avoiding disputes.
CDT (Retired) Prep Course Review
This series of onDemand Webinars is a retired CDT Prep Course.
For those candidates preparing for the exam, this content can be used as an auxiliary aid to a study plan based on the 2014 CDT Candidate Handbook and the content domains listed therein.
Total instructional time: 11 Hours (11 Sessions) Total credit: 10 Hours PDH/CES
Nonmember Price: $135
Session 01: Fundamentals
Session 02: Planning & Pre-Design
Session 03: Design
Session 04: Construction Documents Part 1
Session 05: Construction Documents Part 2
Session 06: Construction Documents Part 3
Session 07: Procurement
Session 08: Construction Part 1
Session 09: Construction Part 2
Session 10: Post Construction
Session 11: AIA Document A201-2007
Writing Effective Sustainable Design SpecificationsSpeaker:
Gregory Markling, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, LEED AP, NCARB, AIA
Principal, MOA Architectural Partnership
MasterFormat 2010 Update provides for the inclusion of all required information to properly and completely specify sustainable design requirements. This webinar will discuss the basic structure of sustainable design specifications within the larger context of a Project Manual, the Division 01 concept for specifying project-wide sustainable design requirements, and will provide specific text examples of effective sustainable design requirements in Division 01 and other Work Results Sections of the specifications. The webinar will also discuss construction Drawing support for sustainable design requirements, and will address key contractual issues associated with sustainable design and construction.
Reinvention through BIM: The Role of Technology in Practice Transformation
Erin Rae Hoffer, CSI, AIA, LEED AP
The construction industry is working through great economic, social, and technological challenges. Architects, engineers and contractors are riding a torrential wave of change which forces us to rethink what we can contribute to the profession, the industry, and to society. To succeed, we must define and incorporate new competencies.
This session will consider the skill set implications of technology trends impacting design and construction, with a specific focus on building information modeling. How does BIM reshape the vision of practice for AEC and require new skills and attitudes? How do model-based practice skills enable practitioners to move the industry to achieve sustainable collaborative projects?
These opportunities imply a new vision for firms, business models, and the careers of emerging and mature professionals. Consider strategies for the next stage of reinvention of your company and your career.
Advanced Construction Specifications
Advanced Construction Specifications - Part 1
Advanced Construction Specifications - Part 2
Advanced Construction Specifications - Part 3
Shop Drawings and Other Construction Submittals — Legal and Architectural PerspectivesSpeakers:
The Goldstein Partnership, Architects & Planners
Robert Epstein, Esq
Greenberg Traurig LLP
There is perhaps no aspect of construction which is more misunderstood, and which is more fraught with the potential for confusion, than the shop drawing submittal process. When the process breaks down, the result can be deficient work, economic loss and even disastrous collapse. This webinar helps all parties to construction projects - owners, designers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers - understand their responsibilities and risks in the shop drawings submittal process, and how to handle problems when they arise. In addition, this webinar will discuss Change Order Requests and Requests For Information - two other types of construction submittals which frequently lead to disputes and are fraught with risk. The presenters are a leading construction attorney and an architect who specializes in the design of complex public and institutional buildings. This webinar is a must for anyone involved in construction projects.
Incorporating LEED into Project Specifications
Director of Specifications and Sustainability / HLW International
Senior Associate / Perkins Eastman Architects
Associate and Senior Specification Writer / Fletcher-Thompson, Inc.
This 3-part course provides attendees with an understanding of the importance of specifications in documenting LEED requirements following CSI’s recommended practices and formats. The course also explains the need for an integrated team approach to achieve LEED/sustainable goals on a project and the critical function of the specifier on that team. Attendees will learn how to find, evaluate and specify appropriate green products, materials, systems and construction procedures and, lastly, how to implement these specified techniques during the construction phase.
Incorporating LEED into Project Specifications, Part 1
Incorporating LEED into Project Specifications, Part 2
Incorporating LEED into Project Specifications, Part 3
Creating Success with Effective Proposals
Speaker: Kimberly Kayler
Constructive Communication, Inc
Regardless of your experience, a poor proposal can lead you to lose a job that should have been yours! Increase your chances of securing the work you want by knowing what message you're sending your prospective clients. Kimberly A Kayler, CSI, CPSM, has decade of high-level experience serving engineering, architecture and construction firms as a corporate marketing executive. In this program, she'll help you review your proposal efforts, from a go/no-go decision-making process, to deciding what to include in a proposal. You'll leave this session with a strategy as well as tips about formatting and proposal layout, common mistakes, and language blunders that you can start using today!
Guide Specifications: An Introduction for Building Product Manufacturers and Sales RepsSpeakers:
Michael Chusid, FCSI, CCS, SCIP
Vivan Volz, RA, CSI, CCS, LEED AP
Building product manufacturers often provide guide specs to specifiers for use as starting points in the writing of project specifications. A simple guide spec is a useful tool, but much more can be accomplished when a manufacturer understands the guide spec's potential. A well-crafted guide spec, employing CSI's principles of specifying, can educate the design professional, hold the keys to successful installation, and build trust between the manufacturer and the design team. This course, led by two experienced specifiers with expertise in guide specification writing, will help suppliers identify whether a guide spec would be a valuable addition to the product literature. The course will offer insight into preparing documents that will be valuable to design professionals, contractors, and customers.
Negotiation Skills for Construction ProfessionalsSpeaker:
Charles "Chuck" Doran
Based on principles developed at the Harvard Negotiation Project and the bestseller "Getting To Yes," this webinar is designed to build your capacity to negotiate collaboratively, producing better outcomes for all parties while enhancing long-term working relationships. Join Chuck Doran, a Senior Negotiation Instructor with MWI, for a 90-minute webinar that will introduce you to a systematic and strategic approach to decision making that will help you effectively negotiate change orders, contracts and create better deals with business partners, contractors and clients.
Substitution Abuse: How to Prevent (and Make) SubstitutionsSpeakers:
Michael Chusid, FCSI, CCS, SCIP
Aaron Chusid, CSI
Substitutions occur when a different building product is used instead of the specified product. These situations are a special problem for building product manufacturers and are costly to design professionals, building owners and contractors. This program delivers an urgent message about the sources of the problem and offers suggestions for preventing abuses, and when substitutions are necessary. It explains the 'right' way to handle substitutions to protect the integrity of the building process.
Preliminary Project Description Fundamentals
Mark Kalin, FCSI, CCS, FAIA, LEED AP
Are you ready for the new PPD and UniFormat? In 2010, the Construction Specifications Institute will issue a new Preliminary Project Description Guide and a new consensus-based UniFormat. Organized according to UniFormat, Preliminary Project Descriptions are the most effective way to describe a project during the schematic design phase of a project. PPDs organized according to UniFormat include a description of the project by elements (substructure, shell and interiors) versus work results (CSI MasterFormat numbers). With the advent of BIM and its built-in UniFormat numbering, designers and specifiers find PPDs a great tool to document the project during the schematic design phase of a project, especially for improving communication with cost estimators who already use UniFormat to model costs on nearly every project. This webinar will highlight the major updates from earlier PPD versions, show you how to develop a master PPD for your own firm, even how to translate between UniFormat and MasterFormat. Finally, a new national standard for PPDs in schematic design emerges! This workshop is designed for project architects, specifiers and cost estimators at all levels of experience with Preliminary Project Descriptions.
Green Building Envelope DesignSpeaker:
Dr. Maria Spinu, PhD, CSI, LEED AP
Building Science Manager, Dupont
Attendees will learn the attributes of a "green" (or sustainable) building envelope, current technologies for green building envelope design and the importance of a holistic design in achieving maximum sustainability and energy benefits. Trends in building energy codes will be discussed as will the sustainability benefits of building envelope airtightness, a readily available and cost effective technology.
Change Order Basics: Fundamentals of Construction Contract ModificationSpeakers:
Robert J. "Mike" Cathcart
Allen Matkins, Attorneys at Law
Learn valuable information on change orders, construction change directives, cardinal changes, abandonment, contract modifications, and managing change. You will gain a clear understanding of these concepts and how they apply to the owner, contractor, subcontractor, lender and surety. Also, the panel discusses differing site conditions, defective or ambiguous plans & specifications, disclosure of information, allowances, owner interference, inspections, unit prices, ripple effect, cumulative impacts, disruption, total cost claims, modified total cost claims, contingency and how these concepts relate to construction contract modifications.
Fundamentals of Construction Specifications
Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CPCA, CBO
Senior Architect - Specifications
These sessions address the general concepts and principles that are at the root of proper, correct and effective specifications writing - a foundation, on which there can be sound individual growth, experience and expertise within almost any office environment.
Construction Specifications: Use & Value
Construction Specifications: Contribution & Importance
Construction Specifications: Relevance, Awareness & Relationships
Construction Specifications: Concept & Philosophy