CSI not helpful for engineering specs

Being an MEP engineer made it virtually impossible to provide engineering specifications in a reasonable fashion using CSI material.

As I read your editorial (“CSI at a crossroads,” March), I could not help but think about my own history of attempting to utilize CSI’s material and services over the past 35 to 40 years. Being an MEP engineer made it virtually impossible to provide engineering specifications in a reasonable fashion using CSI material. The work of CSI is to be commended but the MEP portions never seemed to reach a reasonable level for engineers working on buildings in the private sector.

We can probably best say that CSI got too detail-oriented for MEP equipment and the like. Their best contribution, in my eyes, was getting a consistent format. That is now disappearing or varying extensively.

Tony McGuire
Anthony B. McGuire, PE, FASHRAE
Chicago, Ill.

         
 

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