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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Craftsmanship in the Modern Construction Industry

Does craftsmanship matter any longer in a world of technology, automation, and single-use products? It depends on what outcome you would like. "Craft and quality were replaced by scientific manufacturing that predictably produced thousands of identical products at repeatable levels of…

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