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The challenges of choice with Interior Finishes

A specification consultant’s life is not easy and has a reputation for being somewhat mundane or even boring, but that very much depends on what type of building is being specified, where it is located, how the team is behaving and how unique the design is. I have been lucky in that, together with my…

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Preparing a Passive Fire Protection (PFP) specification

Preparing a Passive Fire Protection (PFP) specification is a little like buying a new car in that considerations are similar such as the environment in which it will be reside, the finish, performance, maintenance regime, warranty, special features etc. are all key criteria. However, to end up with the car that meets our exacting requirements, we need to ensure the specification is correct. When it comes to intumescent coating specification, it is vital that…

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The changing world of Specifications

In a rare quiet moment recently I started to think about how the world of specifications had changed and improved over the last 30 years and quickly came to the conclusion that yes they had indeed changed but whether they have improved is less certain. One thing for sure is that our industry has once again contrived to…

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Can the contractual fence be broken down?

Despite the undoubted improvements in the way we create and deliver buildings since I came into the industry in 1972 (is it really that long ago?), there are some things that remain the same, always have and always will. One of these is that any building, requires contracts, systems and management tools that link a…

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Specifications: The Do’s and Don’ts

Back in February 2013, one of our first blog pieces discussed ‘Getting The Basic’s Right‘ when it came to specifications. A year later and we still come across Architect’s making the same mistakes over and over again. Schumann Consult are in the business of providing quality specifications to Architect’s, but we realise that we can…

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Continuing the BIM and Specification discussion

The debate regarding the use and potential of BIM rages on. The article written in November’s Building Magazine by Tony Bingham attracted a very diverse and vocal response, but Tony was quite right to raise questions about BIM’s use from a legal and risk shift perspective. It demonstrates that BIM remains misunderstood by many and…

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The importance of a good Specification in a D&B world

Design and build is a subject close to all our hearts and a procurement method that has evolved and been adapted (some may say corrupted) considerably over the last 10 to 12 years. When first conceived this contracting method was offered by specialist firms with in house design and contracting expertise who dealt direct with…

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Working Internationally

I have been fortunate to live, work and play (rugby) around the world during my career and that international experience will help us seek out new markets overseas. Schumann Consult’s global aspirations require us to travel extensively to build relationships internationally with people of different cultures and working practices all of which need to be…

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Specifications in the BIM Environment

The advent of 3D modelling is a natural progression from 2D, just as in turn, that was a giant leap forward from drawing boards. Computer aided design revolutionised the design process and accelerated the use of specifications as a key design information tool and contracting document, which very quickly replaced the old system of Preambles…

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A Catalyst for Change

Continuing the theme of change and the effect of recession as a catalyst for change, what have I noticed since being back in the UK? The most noticeable change is the ever increasing influence of contractors who seek to build stronger direct relationships with clients who in turn seek more reliable outcomes in terms of…

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