Kaiten-zushi Construction Procurement

Kaiten-zushi is a sushi restaurant where plates of sushi are placed on a rotating conveyor belt that winds through the restaurant and moves past every table. The final bill is based on the number and type of plates of consumed sushi. Construction Procurement is the process of finding, agreeing on…

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Using Drones to Survey Existing Conditions

On a current project in downtown Seattle now undergoing repairs to a 10 story concrete façade, the initial conundrum was to determine the most economical method for the structural engineer to inspect and document the existing conditions. After looking at the costs of two swing stage drops or a …

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Bluebeam Revu Review

What is my favorite technological innovation benefitting the construction industry? It is the mighty, yet humble, Portable Document Format (PDF) file. Simple, and often overlooked, this technology allows the transfer of information and communication to happen instantly and securely, increasing the…

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Drying Out A Building During Construction

Wood is one of nature’s best building materials; sustainable, renewable, strong, and it grows on trees! But wood-framed structures, especially here in the Pacific Northwest, will invariably encounter rain before the building has its roof, windows, and siding on. To continue construction inside the b…

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The Checklist Solution

In Atul Gawande's article in the New York Times, The Checklist, he talks about the complexity of modern medicine and how everything must go correctly for a positive outcome. "The degree of difficulty in any one of these steps is substantial. Then you must add the difficulties of orchestrating…

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