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NOV 2018

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COATINGSPRO NOVEMBER 2018 27 Working with general contractors and trade subs to understand their takes on materials and assemblies is a primar y step for the person managing the information of the project. products that result in certications or other credentials that could benet the specier. e manufacturing companies that hire the product representatives also produce a lot of quality information that could prove useful. Most have installation manuals for their products, and some have published well-recog- nized " how to" manuals that are used throughout the industry. As always, there are manufacturers that produce good information and prewritten speci- cations that clearly and evenly spell out the product options and can easily be "opened " (i.e., unlocked) to allow for others with competing products. And then there are others that o•er much less. Read carefully and with a skeptical eye to ensure you're getting the "good " information. As architects, we don't create buildings. We create documents that help contractors build buildings. In architecture, we place great value in understanding the users of the buildings we design, as we should. You want the nurse or doctor in the hospital to have the most work-friendly environment possible so they can give you the best care possible. erefore, we have to understand their needs. However, the "users" of our documents are not doctors and nurses, they are trade subcontractors, such as coating contractors. Subs take the model, PDF, or paper drawing and spec, and they build with it. Understanding the nal product is essential. It's no less essential for the person drafting these documents to understand the use of these archi- tectural or engineering intermediary products. Make contact with subs, visit construction sites, talk to people, and watch the subs work. ey will be happy to tell you all of the stu• that doesn't work, so ask them what does work, what needs changing, and what products work well. Work ing w ith genera l contractors and trade subs to understand their ta kes on mater ia ls and assemblies is a pr imar y step for the person manag ing the infor mation of the project. We a l l lear n f rom mista kes, and genera l contractors get to lear n f rom an archi- tect 's mista kes as wel l as their ow n. T he infor mation manager (IM), more so than a trad itiona l specif ier, needs to engage both the genera l contractor and trade sub to be successf u l. Remember to use these allies as a source of information. Networking and communication are key. It's all about who you know, so go out and meet them! Deep Thinking vs. Broad Thinking Don't forget there are forests and there are trees. A ll of this detail and product knowledge (aka the trees) is essential. However, the relationships between things, "the big picture" (aka the forest), is required as well. is truism Specifying Success Re ad e r In qui r y at co ati n g sp ro m a m /i n q1118

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