Posts Tagged:Architectural Specifications

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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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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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Specification Consultants required

2014 has been a remarkable year for Schumann Consult. We began the year with six members of staff and sit here 10 months later with a team of 25 and offices in the UK, Ireland, Dubai, South Africa and Australia. We have been extremely fortunate in developing relationships with, and providing specification support to, some of the biggest names in…

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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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Schumann Consult expands into South Africa and Australia

We are delighted to announce that Schumann Consult has expanded it’s global operations by opening offices in Australia and South Africa, creating a powerful, independent and global specification and design management consultancy. With our current offices in England and Ireland, this move allows Schumann Consult to offer clients a seamless international service with local representation, all benefiting…

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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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