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INFOGRAPHIC: Virtual Construction at a Glance

A Visual BIM Overview Created by HITT Contracting

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In this excellent infographic created by HITT Contracting, Inc , you'll learn how the virtual construction practice has changed the way their teams work together - from faster project turnaround times, to more effortless communication overall. If you are having trouble viewing the image below,...

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Public Housing / HUD Requirements for Window Screens

Testing + Certification Overview

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The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in conjunction with the Screen Manufacturers Association (SMA) has developed a testing and certification program to ensure security screens meet certain minimum performance standards. The certification program defines three levels of screens...

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Lean Manufacturing 101

How "Lean Thinking" Improves Productivity

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Lean Manufacturing. You've heard about it. You probably even know someone who's taken a corporate-sponsored course at some point in his or her career. Or, maybe you’re one of the few who view it only as an overused term in the AEC industry. Whatever your experience with Lean, one indisputable fact...

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6 Things To Expect (& Require) from Your Railing Installer

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The architectural railing has been designed, professional engineering calculations have been performed, and the system has been fabricated. Now comes the next, final and most crucial step of the process - the installation. Below are 6 things every general contractor should expect from their railing...

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To Repair or Replace: 4 Detention Equipment Maintenance Tips

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Inmate escape prevention is the number one concern of detention facility personnel. No matter how vigilant a guard might be, the chances of a prisoner fleeing increase exponentially if faulty equipment is being used. This is why careful inspection of existing equipment is so important. Below are...

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3 Ways Minor Changes to Standard Architectural Railing Designs Can Impact Your Total Cost

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In many cases, a manufacturer's standard railing design has the ability to look almost identical to the system a particular project requires. However, despite the similarity in appearance, making even minor tweaks to the standard system's components or structural members, can increase or decrease...

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5 Ways to Prevent Balcony Railing Vibrations, Rattling & Whistling in Windy Regions

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In a recent article published by The Construction Specifier , author Mahmod Samman discusses the importance of ensuring that balcony railings meet wind loading requirements for the comfort (and safety) of guests and/or residents. Samman also analyzes the wind- induced, noisy rattling of certain...

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Window Security: 3 Benefits of Security Screens (vs. Burglar Bars)

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Break-ins. They can occur any time of day and can be executed swiftly and quietly by intruders using tools like crowbars, small hammers, pliers... even rocks and bricks. Break-in statistics: The highest percentage of window break-ins/burglaries occur during the summer months. Over 95% of break-ins...

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PHOTO: Famous Architects Dressed as Their Buildings (1931)

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Roughly two dozen famous architects came dressed as the buildings they designed to 1931's Beaux-Arts Ball in Manhattan. Below are just seven of them. In a 2006 article about the event (A New Age of Architecture Ushered in Financial Gloom) published by New York Times writer Christopher Gray, William...

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The Importance of Engineering Calculations for Architectural Railing

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What are engineering calculations? Engineering calculations (or "calcs") are a series of advanced calculations used to determine worst case scenario(s) and possible risk factors for aparticular railing system. By working out the calculations, engineers can determine what will and won't work in the...

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Architectural Product Manufacturing Jargon 101

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In the building products world, there's a specific type of terminology that factory personnel and customers frequently use while communicating with each other. Below are some definitions of a few of these terms for those unfamiliar with this type of industry "slang": Cut Sheets - Cut sheets are...

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Architectural Windscreens Defined

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Sterling Dula windscreen pictured on the Cincinnati Banks pool deck. The mixed-use complex is an 18-acre development along the banks of the Ohio River. When designing an outdoor restaurant, bar, pool, or other type of rooftop amenity or establishment, there's no question that windscreens are an...

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