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Schumann Consult welcomes new starters!

In January Schumann Consult welcomed three new members of staff to it’s business,  Matt Fox, John Hartnett and Narelle Fox. This was done to keep up with the increasing demand for our services and to ensure that we remain completely focused on delivering value for money and quality to our existing and new clients. We are lucky that we…

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Stephen Walton guest blogging for SpecifiedBy – ‘Poacher turns Gamekeeper’

This week we were invited to write a guest blog by our friends at SpecifiedBy (www.specifiedby.com), a website which started out as a ‘CAD library’ trying to connect architects, designers and other specifiers with building product manufacturers using CAD models, which over time has developed into a ‘Specification Library’, with all the relevant data required to…

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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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2013 – Schumann Consult’s year in review

Firstly, Happy New Year to you all. We hope you had a great Christmas and are now duly rejuvenated for the year ahead. 31st December 2013 saw Schumann Consult’s first year in business draw to a close. What have we achieved and what is next? Well, time will tell what comes next but we are…

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Paying attention to detail with specifications

Following on from October’s ‘The Watchful Protector of Quality’ article for Architects Journal, Nick’s contribution for November discussed why it’s important to pay attention to detail with your specifications. Having spent time in Dubai over the past couple of months meeting and working with local clients and colleagues from around the world I was reminded…

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Specifications & Performance documentation for Design & Build

Back in February of this year one of our early blog posts, titled ‘A Catalyst For Change‘, touched on the subject of Design & Build. Why is it used? Is it understood etc. etc? Earlier this month we were asked by an architect about design & build contracts and how specifications and performance documentation should…

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The 3rd Quarter – Schumann Consult

The end of September drew Schumann Consult’s 3rd quarter of trading to a close and things continue to take off. We have started working with some terrific new clients, added some really fantastic projects to our portfolio, welcomed new members of staff to our team, attended the World Architecture Festival in Singapore, cemented our alliance with RLB…

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The Watchful Protector of Quality – Architects Journal October Column

Following on from last months ‘A Single Appointment Strategy’ article for Architects Journal, Nick’s contribution for October discusses how the Specification ensures clients get value for money and what they paid for. Specification is the guardian of quality Designers are in the business of creativity, followed by information production in a predetermined format, to a set quality…

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A Single Appointment Strategy – Architects Journal September Column

Following on from last months ‘Green Specifications’ article for Architects Journal, this month Nick changes tact and moves on to discuss how a single appointment strategy can benefit projects. “I am writing this article on a flight to Riyadh to attend meetings as part of a design team working on a major project in the Kingdom…

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