Avoid Logic in Your Proposals

Help Everybody Everyday

This sounds like crazy advice. You and your technical team will often want to write proposals that are logical. You want your proposals to “make sense.” ” Right? Not really. The truth about proposals is that mirroring the RFP submission requirements and rating criteria is always a better approach than writing something that is “logical.” ” Let me give you an example. Let’s say you are picking up your sweetheart for a date.

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How To Write a Technical Proposal Management Plan

Help Everybody Everyday

Each RFP you see will give you instruction on what is to be in your proposal. Sometimes it will ask for what’s called a “management plan.” ” This can sometimes trip technical writers up, but writing a management plan isn’t really that hard. In fact, once you get used to writing them, you may end up feeling like a management plan should appear in all your proposals. The management plan does not describe what you are going to do.

My Dream: Open Source CRM and Proposal Software

Help Everybody Everyday

When I started working at my current job, I inherited a system that consisted of ACT! for our contacts, Deltek CRM/Proposals for our project info, and Deltek Advantage for accounting. In general, I find the Deltek products to be overly expensive and not very user friendly. And I liked Act! even less. Being so frustrated with ACT!, I said to myself “I’ll make my own contact system.” And I did just that. I hired a developer from India to make a tailor-made web-based contact system.

East wind - The Business Facilities Blog - Economic Development.

Business Facilities Blog


Don’t Let Industry Jargon Consume your Firm’s Identity

Help Everybody Everyday

Let me guess, you work for an “award-winning interdisciplinary (or multidisciplinary) firm that partners with its clients to offer sustainable, leading edge designs which solve complex problems.” And you do this by offering “personal service using the collective wisdom of your collaborative staff in a team approach.” It’s not that this description doesn’t sound great. The problem is it doesn’t mean anything.

Sustainable Commercial Construction: Embracing Energy Retrofits

Commercial Construction

Have you seen the 2009 Green Building Survey? If not, take a look at the recent issue of National Real Estate Investor or Retail Traffic as each includes a special supplement called “Why sustainability endures in the face of recession.”.

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Retail Development and Construction: Getting Started

Commercial Construction

What Every Developer Should Ask General Contractors During the Retail Construction Bid Process. For my first blog post, a lot of people at Englewood Construction suggested I write about how to choose a retail construction company. But one person said that would be “boiling the ocean.”

When Does Termination Become Wrongful?


The “Great Recession” has been a godsend for some companies that were looking for a r eason to get rid of people they just didn’t like, but didn’t have a good enough reason to fire. They could just lay them off due to lack of work and blame it on the economy.

Dodge Momentum Index at Highest Level Since Early 2009

ENR Construction

Nonresidential building planning end 2014 up 17% over a year ago. Business Management

Best and Worst of Commercial Construction Practices in 2009

Commercial Construction

At the beginning of 2009, I don’t think anyone, including a national commercial general contractor like Englewood Construction, was prepared for the twists and turns that would face the commercial construction industry. See the December 2009 issue of Shopping Center Business.

AEC Marketing: 10 Steps to Success

Help Everybody Everyday

I was recently emailed by someone who was starting out as an AEC Marketer for an electrical designer/contractor in the Midwest. He asked me how you gain the respect of engineers and get them to listen to your marketing ideas. He was trying to figure out “in essence, how does a 21-year-old convince a strong AEC firm that there are areas to be improved?”

USGBC Making Significant Change to LEED 2009

Green Building Law Update

Green Building Council has just announced that all new projects registering for LEED 2009 beginning on April 8, 2016 will need to satisfy increased minimum energy performance thresholds. The referenced energy standard and modeling requirements in LEED 2009 will not change; buildings falling under the proposed change can use the same methodologies and referenced standards, but will need to earn additional points in order to achieve certification. green building law LEED 2009 USGBC

ICC Recommends Jurisdictions Update 2009, 2012 IPC, IRC to Comply with No-Lead Plumbing Law

Constructor Magazine

James L. Salmon's Updated CV (January 2009)

Collaborative Construction

Achieving IPD in 3D ™" Collaborative Construction Blog, January 2009. "A James L. Salmon is the President of Collaborative Construction Resources , LLC. Collaborative Construction's innovative IPD in 3D™ program empowers stakeholders in the U.S Construction Industry to utilize collaborative agreements, BIM and lean construction methods to deliver integrated construction services more efficiently and more productively.

James L. Salmon's CV (April 2009)

Collaborative Construction

Creative Lawyer – Collaborative Consultant – Strategic Change Manager. Charismatic and experienced trial attorney, mediator, collaborator and strategic consultant seeking opportunities with innovative organizations interested in achieving integrated project delivery. Increase the efficiency with which your organization delivers or purchases services related to planning, designing, constructing and maintaining facilities and infrastructure of all kinds.

You Must Register your LEED v2009 project by Halloween

Green Building Law Update

October 31, 2016 is the last day to register a LEED version 2009 project. Register your project for LEED v 2009 before All Hallows’ Eve. Environmental Green Building LEED green building LEED 2009 LEED v4 US Green Building Council

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Revit MEP (Plumbing) Piping Flow: another second class citizen

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad BIM?

Warning: What follows is a rant fest filled with WAY more information about MY ideas of how both plumbing design and Revit MEP work. Any deviation from reality on either subject can wholly be attributed to a 14 month old daughter, a pregnant wife and a looming Revit configuration deadline. Please excuse my definite lack of plumbing design knowledge. See one, do one, teach one, I always say.Revit

Writing Facades on Legacy Code | Virtuous Code

Green Building Insider

Posted on March 4, 2009 by Avdi Grimm. December 2009. November 2009. October 2009. August 2009. July 2009. June 2009. May 2009. April 2009. March 2009. February 2009. January 2009. Virtuous Code.


Electrical Families 2009 vs. 2010 Comparison


Because of this I was called upon to create a ton of electrical content for us poor architects and interior designers to use in 2009 mind you. Family Creation Revit 2010 Revit 2009 FamiliesRecently I've been working on a project that required a ton of electrical families.

5 Must Read Business Books

Help Everybody Everyday

These tactics worked in 1937 and believe me they work in 2009 (and will work in 2999). I hate to read books. Not just business books, but any book. It’s true. All day at work all I do is read and edit letters, emails, proposals, etc. So the last thing I want to do when not at work is read any business books. But there are a few books that I consider must reads, because they have influenced my approach to life and work.

What You Don’t Know About Marketing

Help Everybody Everyday

This combines a series of posts about the basic concepts behind marketing. What is Marketing? Marketing is a very broad term, especially in the AEC industry. If you have been hired in a marketing position, it is likely for you to be performing tasks that you may have previously thought as public relations, sales, advertising, or even graphic design.

AU 2009 Schedule

Sean Burke

So, here it is: Mon Nov 30, 2009. Tue Dec 1, 2009. Wed Dec 2, 2009. Thu Dec 3, 2009. Fri Dec 4, 2009. Being the first AU since 2005 where I’m not just a customer, but also an attendee. I was determined not to submit any class proposals this year, and will be enjoying the learning/networking and fun like most everyone – such a welcome change of pace. I’ve put together a final, but tentative schedule. Hey, anything can change this week.

AU 2009 Early Registration

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad BIM?

Early Registration for AU 2009 started yesterday at around 8:00 am CT ( at least that's when the first folks in our office were able to get in the system.) If you are planning in early registration then get in soon as classes are filling.Good Luck and see you there!!!! Autodesk Autodesk University

CAD Shack: AU 2009

CAD Shack

Monday, November 23, 2009. AU 2009. The posting has been pretty thin lately, but its because I have been focusing on my class for this year Implementing Revit MEP A to Z. I hope to meet people in Las Vegas that read my blog and also meet people that write the blogs I love. Happy Thanksgiving to all. See you in Vegas! Posted by. Todd M. Shackelford. at 7:39 PM. Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook. Usefullness: No comments: Post a Comment. Newer Post. Older Post.

AU 2009 Day 3

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad BIM?

One thing I didn’t expect (I probably should have) is that having all of this dialog with other users and managers involved in the BIM/VDC/IPD process has given me NUMEROUS ideas for future blog posts. I HAVE been taking notes and hopefully I will be able to get these ideas out here for everyone to share in the upcoming weeks. One of the stand out sessions (for me anyway) from yesterday was put. Autodesk Autodesk University

Sandeep Aparajit: How to Encrypt a Section in Web.Config?

Green Building Insider

Wednesday, January 21, 2009. January 22, 2009 3:56 AM. January 22, 2009 4:00 AM. January 29, 2009 12:47 PM. ▼ 2009. (40). ► June 2009. (4). ► May 2009. (16). ► April 2009. (5). ► March 2009. (2). ► February 2009. (4). ▼ January 2009. (9). skip to main | skip to sidebar. Sandeep Aparajit. Cheers to the true fighting spirit of IT professionals". How Tos. What is? Machine Learning.

2009 Lakeside Living Expo, Gilford NH

Green Home Design Architect

The 2nd Annual Lakeside Living Expo will be held July 17 – 19, 2009 at the Gunstock Mountain Resort , Gilford, New Hampshire, located on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee, less than 90 minutes from Boston and the NH seacoast.

Autodesk University 2009

CAD Shack

I received confirmation today that I will be teaching Implementing Revit MEP 2010 A to Z at Autodesk University in December. I hope any readers I have can attend. I aways enjoy teaching at AU, and this one should be good. I am still fleshing things out, but I will be sure to cover everything from setting up line weights and plotting to simple, effective Revit families. The last class I taught for implementing AutoCAD MEP came with an 80 page handout.

Is Revit faster than…

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad BIM?

I’m SO tired of the questions/observations/comments on the speed of Revit in delivering a project. Is Revit faster than (AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, etc., etc.?) I thought Revit was supposed to be faster than CAD… It takes forever to compared to CAD.Seriously? Which is faster?This? Or this? Don’t get the connection? IPD BIM collaboration RANT

Sato Residence in At Home, West Hawaii Today June 2009 - fins.

Fins Architecture

Sato Residence in At Home, West Hawaii Today June 2009. about. contact. projects. in print. green.

Commercial Constructions Trends to Watch in 2010

Commercial Construction

While ground-up work should be stronger in 2010 than 2009, most companies will still be watching their bottom line closely. issue of Shopping Center Business , Go Green Stations, a new alternative fuel distributor, is planning approximately 1,000 stores in 2010, compared to 100 in 2009.

How to Stop Further Deterioration of Distressed Commercial Assets

Commercial Construction

According to the fall 2009 issue of Development magazine, while hotels and retail properties are the most problematic in terms of default, foreclosure or bankruptcy, office distress is up 118 percent year-to-date in 2009 versus 2008. I’m not going to sugar coat it.

What a Chicago 2016 Summer Olympics Means for Chicago’s Retail and Restaurant Construction Industry

Commercial Construction

There’s no doubt that local businesses will have much to celebrate if on October 2, 2009, Chicago wins the 2016 Summer Olympics bid. But just how would Chicago hosting the Olympics affect the city’s restaurant and retail construction activity ? Here are a couple of my predictions….

don't think: Do Revit: AU 2009! Project Templates


Sunday, November 15, 2009. AU 2009! ▼ 2009. (38). AU 2009! skip to main | skip to sidebar. dont think: Do Revit. My journal of work in Revit as part of a 600+ member architecture firm. Project Templates. Its the final run-up to AU2009.

Designing & Building a Custom Home: Free Seminar November 21, 2009

Green Home Design Architect

Saturday, November 21, 2009 10:00 AM - Noon Bonin Architects & Associates Office 209 Main Street New London, NH 03257 This informative event is perfect for anyone looking for land or has recently purchased land and is interested in building an energy efficient custom home.

AU 2009 Classes available online…

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad BIM?

At least according to the email I recently got from AU. I haven’t double checked, but here is the link if you want to see for yourself. AU 2009Yep they are there. Just checked. Autodesk University

AU 2009 Vote For Sessions

CAD Shack

Autodesk needs your help to pick which sessions will be presented at Autodesk University 2009. Proposals for classes have been made and now it is time for the people to decide what makes the final cut. To make your voice heard, go here. I might also mention that I did submit a proposal this year for implementing Revit MEP. If you attended one of my classes in the past, and enjoyed it, I would love to have your support this year.