The Queen City CSI Cincinnati Chapter Newsletter
Rapport "Connecting the Greater Cincinnati Construction Community"
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June Program <
The present is the ever moving shadow that divides
June 8, 2010 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope. -Frank Lloyd
Summer Kick-Off Cruise
The Cincinnati Chapter of the Welcome, construction professionals, to the “new age of
Construction Specifications Institute architecture!” While that expression may have been
and the National Association of heard throughout generations of experts and scholars
Women in Construction, Cincinnati alike, it has never been more true than now. It is an
Chapter are kicking off the summer exciting time to be involved in the art of building. The sustainable design
with our annual dinner cruise down movement has taken hold and is blending timeless architectural ideas with
the Ohio River. Join with your advanced technological break-throughs. This was evident at April‟s CSI
colleagues and friends in the meeting when Mark Fisher from the Cincinnati Zoo explained how canopies to
construction industry for this special provide shade to cars in their parking lot would also produce 20% of the
evening of celebration and fun. electric power for the zoo through photovoltaic engineering. While visitors to
Spouses, significant others and the zoo enjoy cooler cars to drive home, the zoo is harvesting energy from the
guests are welcome. sun, and the heat island effect from their parking lot is a little bit smaller. Now
that is progress with a capitol “P” (for Photovoltaic, of course).
Queen City Riverboats
303 Dodd Rd., Dayton, KY 41074 Speaking of timeless design, CSI members toured St. Mary‟s Cathedral
Boarding: 6:30 PM Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, Kentucky at our May meeting.
Boat depart (Promptly) 7:00 PM Construction began in 1895 for this model of the Abbey Church of St. Denis in
Paris, and the exterior was constructed of Indiana limestone, designed to be
Boat Returns: 10:00 PM reminiscent of the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. Years of grime and
residue from the burning of candles and incense were carefully removed, and
Cost: $30.00 per person (Event cost not included in dues) then plaster restoration and faux stone painting made this historical cathedral
appear as if it had always stood in place as the new design. Through modern
Go to www.csicincinnati.org/chapter-program for more information and to architectural ideas and products, new construction was made to look old, and
register on-line. old construction was made to look new again.
Upcoming Events < Accolades are due for the completion of projects like these, and there must be
May 26 Fair-Way in Regulations: Understanding the Fair Housing Act enough of them to go around for everyone. Working in collaboration with a
May 26 Get on the Green with Firestone Building Products myriad of design professionals such as specifiers, product representatives,
Jun 6 CSI Cincinnati Board Meeting contractors, construction administrators, and field representatives, an architect
Jun 8 CSI/NAWIC Summer Kick-Off Cruise is only as successful as the team as a whole. In this “new age” of integrated
Jun 7 AIA - Lick Run Watershed project delivery, owners are benefitting from this type of coherence and
Jun 9 ACI- LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Class meeting of the minds. Of course, this article would not be complete without
Jun 9 Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati-Award Gala 2011 mentioning that every CSI meeting is a chance to probe the minds of
Jun 12 AIA-Advance Project Delivery Vision Seminar seasoned design professionals who just may have the answers to some of
Jun 16 AIA Cinti-Models for Integrative Project Delivery your design challenges. Or perhaps this is your chance, as someone who has
Jun 22 USGBC-Greening the Heartland „been there and done that,” to give back to your profession and help educate
Jun 23 SMPS/NAWIC 17th Annual Golf Outing the new generation of construction professionals- who knows, you may be
July 1 AIA Cincinnati Golf Outing surprised at some of the things they will teach you!
Aug 8 Great Lakes Region Conference-Grand Rapids MI
Sep 13 Construct 2011 & the CSI Annual Convention “Accolades” is the key word for our June event. CSI Cincinnati will again team
up with NAWIC on the Ohio River for our annual awards cruise, where we will
For more information on these events, go to the CSI Cincinnati Calendar give recognition and bestow our thanks to our chapter members who have
of events www.csicincinnati.org/calendar. worked dilligently all year to make the meetings, tours, and educational
presentations possible. We board a riverboat and take a ride down the Ohio,
On the Website < where we wine, dine, and enjoy the view and each other. The suspension
bridge is silhouetted against the Cincinnati skyline like a picture postcard as
www.csicincinnati.org we applaude the unselfish efforts of our comrades and conclude our official
News and Views year for CSI.
PerSPECtives: A weekly article by Ralph Liebing
Curmudgeon's Corner – Etched in Stone I hope you can join us, both on our cruise and as a member!
Yocum‟ Law - Worker's Compensation Immunity and the Intentional Tort
Product Show Beverly Jacquez, CSI, CCS, LEED AP
Exhibitors – Reserve your booth now for the 2012 Product Show. CSI Cincinnati Chapter President
Membership No stream rises higher than its source. What ever man might build could never
Check out the Member Showcase…more information to come! express or reflect more than he was. He could record neither more nor less
Certification than he had learned of life when the buildings were built. -Frank Lloyd Wright
Key Dates for CSI Certification
CDT Exam Training Classes
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The Queen City Rapport CSI Cincinnati Chapter Newsletter
CSI Standards and Formats < Spreadsheets are available for tabular data
Users can print each section separately, avoiding the need for a
hardcopy of the entire document for reference
“The release of the National CAD Standard Version 5 contains many changes
and improvements that NCS users want,” said NIBS President Henry L.
Green, Hon. AIA. “This NCS update gives the industry the latest guidelines for
classifying electronic design data without imposing additional fees over the
cost of the previous edition.”
NCS users who have purchased the previous version of the NCS within the
past six months are eligible for a discount on NCS Version 5. This discount will
be available for the next six months.
MasterFormat, a publication of CSI and CSC, is a master list of numbers and The NCS is based on three components from its partnering organizations:
titles classified by work results. It is primarily used to organize project manuals NIBS‟s Foreword, Administration and Plotting Guidelines modules; AIA‟s CAD
and detailed cost information, and to relate drawing notations to specifications. Layer Guidelines module; and CSI‟s Uniform Drawing System modules. By
combining these resources, the NCS prescribes CAD layer names, drawing
Construction projects use many different kinds of delivery methods, products,
set organization, and drafting, notation and plotting conventions. It includes an
and installation methods, but one thing is common to all – the need for
extensive symbols library and thousands of terms and abbreviations.
effective teamwork by the many parties involved to ensure the correct and
timely completion of work. The successful completion of projects requires The NCS coordinates the efforts of the entire design and construction team by
effective communication amongst the people involved, and that in turn requires providing a way to classify electronic building design data consistently. It
easy access to essential project information. Efficient information retrieval is streamlines communication across disciplines during project development and
only possible when a standard filing system is used by everyone. throughout the life of a facility. Use of the NCS can help reduce costs and
MasterFormat provides such a standard filing and retrieval scheme that can be produce greater efficiency in the design and construction process.
used throughout the construction industry.
More than 5,000 architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) firms have
MasterFormat is the master list of titles and numbers used to organize voluntarily adopted the NCS in their workplaces. Many public and private
specifications and other project information for most commercial building sector organizations either require or use the NCS, including the U.S. General
design and construction projects in North America. It lists titles and section Services Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S.
numbers for organizing data about construction requirements, products, and Department of Veterans Affairs and a number of large multinational
activities. By standardizing such information, MasterFormat facilitates corporations.
communication among architects, specifiers, contractors and suppliers, which
helps them meet building owners‟ requirements, timelines and budgets. To learn more about the National CAD Standard or to order NCS Version 5,
AIA, CSI, NIBS Release Updates National CAD Standards<
CSI Career Center <
Washington, D.C. (May 12, 2011) – The American Institute of Architects
(AIA), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and National Institute of The CSI Career Center was created to connect CSI members with posted job
Building Sciences (NIBS) today announced the release of the newest edition opportunities. You can:
of the United States National CAD Standard (NCS). NCS Version 5 is now
Jobseekers: Post your resume online today! Whether you're actively or
passively seeking work, your online resume is your ticket to great job offers!
The NCS helps architects, constructors and operators coordinate efforts by Access the newest and freshest jobs available to professionals seeking
classifying electronic design data consistently and making information retrieval employment. Create Job Alerts and never let a matching job opportunity pass
easier. It improves communication among owners and project teams, cuts or you by! New jobs that match your search criteria will be emailed directly to
eliminates costs of developing and maintaining company-specific standards, you. Your personal jobseeker account will allow you to find jobs, manage your
and reduces the expense of transferring building data from design applications resumes, and set up job alerts. Get started today!
to facility management applications. Employers/Recruiters: Check out our resumes and only pay for the ones
NCS Version 5 is the first update to the standard in three years. Unlike that interest you! We have access to some of the best professionals in the
previous versions, Version 5 is web-based, making it available at any time for field. Reach the most qualified candidates by posting your job opening on our
purchase and use. The NCS website received an update as well, making it online Career Center. Quickly post job openings and manage your online
easy to log in to the new NCS online product. recruiting efforts with ease by setting up an account with us today!
“CSI and its partners, AIA and NIBS, are pleased to introduce NCS Version 5,”
said CSI Executive Director and CEO Walter Marlowe, P.E., CSI, CAE. “The Editor’s Note <
refinements to the NCS, including round-the-clock online access, reflect the
changing needs of the industry and how they work with design data.” Due to Technical difficulties (server crash), there were no April or May issues
Among a number of changes, the NCS: of the Rapport. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Added new “Distributed Energy” Discipline Designators
Added a new Level 2 resource Discipline Designator for “Real Estate”
Expanded Discipline Designator for “Survey/Mapping”
Changed group definitions in “Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing,
Resource, Structural, Survey/Mapping and Telecommunications Layer
Lists” to allow broader use
Expanded file extensions (up to four characters allowed now) to respond
to changes in software application file extensions
Because NCS Version 5 is web-based, it offers several new benefits:
NCS Version 5 is available at any time online
References within the text are cross-linked
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