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JUL 2013

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Execution. In any of these sections, e x ter na l referenc e s may b e cite d . As a si mple exa mple, t he Nat iona l Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) and the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) have routinely referenced standards for how to prepare steel. By simply citing in the specs that t he steel needs to be prepared w it h NACE No. 2/SSPC-SP-10: Near-White E W Sorting the Information An architect is faced with producing a set of construction documents comprising information that includes text and graphics for the building of a structure. But how is that information supposed to be sorted? A ty pical spec for a commercial project is subdivided into numerous chapters, each consisting of the requirements for particular products, materials, or equipment items. Each such chapter, k now n as a spec sec t ion, seek s to communicate the work results for the item in question. Numbers and titles for these sections are assigned according to a standardized system ca lled Ma ste rFor mat, wh ich is publ ished by t he Const r uct ion Specif icat ions Institute (CSI). Within each spec section, the text is organized based on a standardized outline structure called SectionFormat, which is also a product of CSI. At its top level, SectionFormat subdivides a spec section into three parts: Part 1, General; Part 2, Products; and Part 3, N — couldn't be created to consist entirely of text. This book could be produced efficiently and solve the two problems of time and space. Since then, different perceptions of what specs are intended to do have gradually evolved. Different perceptions regarding what information should be included in specifications versus drawings also vary. From the simplest perspective, drawings are a repository of information that is best communicated graphically. The information here is more clearly and effectively explained in pictures than in words. Information that is better depicted in a picture should be communicated in a drawing to show how things relate to one another within the structure, such as how big or small or what shape or size something is. Drawings instruct the contractor to do what he or she is obligated to do. Specs do this as well, but additionally define what the contractors cannot do, such as a minimum threshold or ban for something. Drawings communicate quantity, while specifications communicate quality. There is virtually no way a drawing can communicate quality without text. And, conversely, there are things that cannot be described efficiently in text without a drawing to communicate attributes for which drawings remain the more effective medium, such as dimensions, shapes, or component relationships. NEW Advanced model shown Made in U.S.A. 45 Years of Quality 1-800-448-3835 www.defelsko.com DeFelsko Corporation • Ogdensburg, NY +1 ( 315 ) 393-4450 • techsale@defelsko.com Write in Reader Inquiry #34 July 2013 g www.coatingspromag.com 21

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