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Document Control: Internal Filing System Conventions Part 3 – Project Management Files

Part 3 discusses considerations for the filing of documents related to the management of a project.

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Construction Contract Administration

Site Safety – Training Requirements

The Ontario Ministry of Labour website includes information about Working at Heights training which requires employers ensure that workers on construction projects are adequately trained...

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Construction Documents

Whose Drawings Are They Anyway?

Novice clients sometimes think that they own an architect’s drawings by virtue of the fact that they paid the architect for them. Architects on the other hand will tell clients that they own the design.

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Construction Contract Administration

Use of Defined Terms

This article will examine the standard definitions used in the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) stipulated price contract, which is an industry standard in Canada. These definitions have been used widely and have undergone a rigorous vetting process.

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Construction Documents

Copyright in the Digital Age

The use of an architect’s documents without permission from the architect (author) is a copyright infringement relating to the unauthorized use and / or reproduction of an “artistic work”, as defined by the copyright act;

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Construction Documents

Drawings as Communication

Drawings are created in order to convey information. They are however, not the only way to do so. Information can be conveyed using any means perceptible to human senses...

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2018

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Document Control: Internal Filing System Conventions Part 1 – General Filing Considerations

PARC

This particular article (in 4 parts) deals with 'Internal Filing Systems' for external and internal documents in an architectural practice. Part 1 discusses the importance of having a good filing system, various components of a filing system and some principals/techniques for organizing files.
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Document Control: Internal Filing System Conventions Part 2 – Practice Management Files

PARC

Part 2 discusses consideration for the filing of documents related to the management of a practice.
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The Transition From Pen and Paper to BIM

H. Champion

I am sure there are many similar stories that could be told by those who have been in the business for a while. This is part of my story...
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Statutory Declarations

PARC

The failure of a contractor to pay money owed to subtrades and suppliers for a project puts the project at risk of construction liens, schedule delays and potentially default by the contractor...
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Deemed Completion

PARC

(Updated) Deemed Completion hasn’t always been with us. The origins of Deemed Completion are in danger of being lost in the mists of time. As explained to the writer, originally there was only Completion.
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When Can Architects Not Certify Substantial Performance?

PARC

(Updated) If architects have not been the payment certifier from the start of the project, they cannot certify substantial performance, but the owner and contractor may do so upon mutual agreement.
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Substl. Completion vs. Performance - What’s the Difference?

PARC

(Updated) A lot of people live with a lot of ambiguity in various forms of communication. Statistically, GenX and GenY are more comfortable with ambiguity than older groups. While ambiguity may be accepted in casual communication, when acting as the construction contract administrator, it is important to be clear and to understand the difference between Substantial Completion and Performance...
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2017

2

What is “Online Procurement”?

A. Aref, OAA, MRAIC, LEED GA

In simple terms, online procurement is a process using an electronic medium or platform through which buyers and suppliers of goods and services exchange information, data, files, etc. pertaining to goods and services to be procured by a buyer and to be supplied by interested suppliers
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Issued for Construction Documents

PARC

Issued for Construction documents have been around a long time; long enough for the technology used to produce them to have changed extensively. Has your process changed to take advantage of the efficiencies available or are you still cutting and pasting?...
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2016

2

Cloud Computing

ALLEN HUMPHRIES OAA

Is there a Cloud on Your Horizon? More and more, the computer industry is promoting the Cloud. In the time since this article was first drafted, there has been a ten-fold increase in media references to the Cloud. A new article discusses questions, issues and pros and cons with using the “Cloud” for digital storage.
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2015

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Electronic Project Document Filing Conventions

ALLEN HUMPHRIES OAA

The scope of this document goes beyond the confines of Construction Contract Administration (CCA) as it is applicable to any electronic document filing...
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Construction Meetings - Minutes

CORY STECHYSHYN, OAA

Field Review often involves attendance at Construction Meetings or Site Meetings. It is important that minutes of these meetings are kept in order to capture ideas, solutions, decisions and interpretations of the contract documents...
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Electronic Shop Drawings Review

Electronic Shop Drawing Review recalls how shop drawings were processed ‘then’ and how some firms process them ‘now’ electronically. The article explains how to set up a digital shop drawing stamp that can organize and simplify the process...
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CCA Software for Architects

Construction contract administration is considered by some architects as the most vexing stage of project execution. It can be overwhelming if the tasks of logging, tracking, routing and review of thousands of documents...
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2014

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Tarion Warranty Corporation (Ontario New Home Warranty Plan)

TIM GORLEY, OAA

Tarion regulations relate to all new “homes for sale” including single, multiple and condominium...
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Don't Fall into the RFI Trap

Another article on RFIs from an insurer’s perspective kindly provided by XL Group Insurance...
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Getting the Upper-Hand on RFI's

OAA CCA COMMITTEE (CCAC)

The RFI process can be used to the project’s advantage by setting a precedent for a collaborative relationship between consultant and contractor throughout the project...
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2013

2

The Road to Calamity

STEPHEN REVAY

A road map for contractors seeking the route to an unsuccessful project...
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When Does Contract Administration Start?

JOHN CLINCKETT

This is a great question, and this depends on a number of factors: the office structure, the persons and skill sets available, the nature of the project, and also the location of the project...
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