Generating proposals is one of the most important tasks for A/E/C firms. For many firms, however, proposal preparation remains a manual process.

Once a lead is...

August 11, 2010

Reliance on sprinklers a mistake

Many building codes, which establish fire safety standards for public and private buildings, are based upon the mistaken assumption that sprinklers...

August 11, 2010

The widespread back-to-the-city movement is being spurred by more than just a reaction to the spread of sprawl. Another draw is urban character.

A seminar sponsored...

August 11, 2010

Our report on military construction (see page 50) brought back some bittersweet memories. In the summer of 1955, my mother took me on my first trip beyond the Hudson River. We were on our way from New York to...

August 11, 2010

There are several disturbing trends on the horizon that AEC professionals of good conscience should be losing sleep over: resource allocation, spiraling global urbanization, and shortages of drinking water....

August 11, 2010

Construction jobs, mostly in housing, are down more than 330,000 since late 2006. U.S. home prices dropped 11.4% in January, the steepest decline in 20+ years. The Conference Board said consumer confidence fell to...

August 11, 2010

St. Louis has a problem. Practically nobody wants to build there. Too expensive. According to a report in St. Louis Construction News & Review, the cost of construction — labor, land, permits, the whole shebang...

August 11, 2010

By next year, most architects will be using BIM.BIM modeling is predicted to achieve total marketplace use in the next five years. Currently, 43% of architects say they're heavy BIM users, meaning...

August 11, 2010

With some notable exceptions, design professionals have enjoyed insulation from liability when their actions have caused damages to contractors and subcontractors. The courts have rationalized that since there is no...

August 11, 2010