In an industry of rapidly developing advancements in technologies used in design, construction, maintenance and the life cycle of facilities the need for well-defined documents addressing issues of qualifications, specifications, accuracy and uniform proposal responses is critical. On Jan. 7, 2015, the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD) published its introductory set of Building Documentation Standards/Specifications.
The parties are over, the game is finished and the champion is crowned. Maybe your team won, maybe they lost or maybe you were just in it for the commercials, whichever the case you had to admire the game. The No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense. Have you ever thought about your best offense or best defense in your business?
Well, 2013 is now gone and it is that time of year where we make resolutions for the new year, the new you, the new business, the new everything. We make these resolutions with all good intentions, whether we are clear of mind or maybe a little tipsy from the champagne. I suggest you make this year a Revolution of Resolutions.
One experience from my first paid coaching job is still with me today. I learned how to stay on the sidelines as a leader, set expectations and let my team jump into the game rather than swooping in and bailing them out.
Even though we might not enjoy writing proposals, most of us will jump at the chance because we believe exciting, lucrative work might be right around the corner. Here are some ways to help win that proposal.
Writing a proposal can be much harder than one assumes. Proposals come in many shapes and sizes, but no matter which type of proposal you utilize, you MUST take care in the words that you use! Inappropriate words and phrases can weaken a proposal, annoy evaluators and even undermine your credibility.
I think we can all agree that reading the fine print in professional services agreements isn’t much fun, especially when you’d rather be surveying a site or scanning a building or building a BIM model. But I am learning everyday that these are tasks you have to do anyway.
My last few posts have been about technology and value, technology and burnout and even a technology vortex. What I would like to discuss now is how, or even if, all this great technology affects project management.
In the May issue of POB, find out how survey teams used multiple technologies to aid public safety and speed up flood response in Midland County, Michigan, after a freakish storm dropped more than seven inches of water on the area in just 36 hours.