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  • Smart Business Writing: Short, Sweet and To-the-Point Reports

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    This interactive 1-hour online course will teach you to use the simple and extremely effective Pyramid method of writing to create the most common types of reports professionals will be faced with in their careers.​​

    If the skills you’d acquired by the time you wrote your last book report for school aren’t cutting it for you in the business world, this course can teach you what you need to know. Almost every professional has to write a short report at some point in his or her career, and despite the fact that it doesn’t have to be "long," it can still be daunting – especially if you don’t like writing. This interactive online course will teach you to use the simple and extremely effective Pyramid method of writing to create the most common types of reports professionals will be faced with in their careers. (Intermediate - 1 hour).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    After completing this course, you will:

    • Understand how to plan and write Informative short reports.
    • Know how to create a persuasive short report, designed to convince the reader to take action.
    • Implement the Pyramid Method of writing in all of your correspondence.
    • Identify the five sections of an inspection report.

    Lisa Moretto

    For the past 23 years Lisa Moretto has been educating professionals on communication topics. She has developed classroom and online training courses on a variety of topics for diverse audiences including professional engineers, medical professionals, travel agents, IT consultants, sales people and college students. Lisa's interactive delivery promotes an engaging and educational classroom experience where participants are comfortable asking questions and offering opinions.

  • Smart Business Writing: 4 Stages to Writing Your Best

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    This 1-hour course will help you improve your skills and avoid careless errors by focusing on four stages of writing: preparing, planning, drafting, and editing (revising and finalizing).

    Some people thinks that in the grand sceheme of things, excellence in writing isn’t all that important as long as you get the General idea accross. But the sentence above is a perfect illustration of why that simply isn’t true: Did it make you wary to see that the first sentence of a course intended to teach you writing tips was full of errors? Good writing gives you and your ideas authority, visibility, and stature. Bad writing, on the other hand, can make readers question your credibility and/or expertise, can be costly to a business, and can even damage the career of the writer. Inefficient, unclear, misleading, irrelevant, sloppy or deceptive written communication costs companies across the board billions each year. This course will help you improve your skills and avoid careless errors by focusing on four stages of writing: preparing, planning, drafting, and editing (revising and finalizing). (Intermediate - 1 hour).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    At the conclusion of the course, you will be able to:

    • Discuss writing with confidence.
    • Describe how to communicate messages professionally in a usable and readable fashion.
    • Recognize common writing mistakes that distract from the message.
    • List the four stages of effective writing.

    Amy Watson

    Amy began her career in eLearning as a technical writer for RedVector.com in 2006. Over the past 10 years her role has grown to include instructional design, course development, webinar hosting, and project management.

  • Building Information Modeling (BIM) - Tools

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    This 1-hour course provides a review of BIM model generation technology and the tools and functional distinctions that can be used for assessing and selecting among them.

    Building Information Modeling - or BIM - is used by professionals to design, build, operate, and maintain various types of structures and infrastructures. Current BIM design applications include services to carry out specific tasks as a tool, but they also provide a platform for managing the data within a model for different uses. Some incorporate the ability to manage data in different models — a BIM environment. Any BIM application addresses one or more of these types of services. This course provides a review of BIM model generation technology and the tools and functional distinctions that can be used for assessing and selecting among them. (Fundamental - 1 hour). Posted by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Copyright © 2011. All rights reserved.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    By the end of this course, you will be able to:

    • Review the main BIM design applications and their functional differences, including BIM environments, platforms, and tools.
    • Explore the major functional and performance capabilities that distinguish different BIM design platforms.
    • Identify the major BIM platforms and discuss their strengths, weaknesses, functionality, and features.
    • Describe the two widely available lightweight modeling applications: 3D PDF and DWF.

    ​Chuck Eastman

    Chuck Eastman is a Professor in the Colleges of Architecture and Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, and Director of the Digital Building Laboratory, a university-industry consortium, where heleads research in IT in building design and construction. He has been active in building modeling research since the 1970s and currently works with a variety of industry groups developing BIM technology.

    Dr. Paul Teicholz

    Paul Teicholz is Professor Emeritus at Stanford University. After twenty-five years innovating with IT solutions in the construction industry, he founded the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) at Stanford in 1988 and directed that program for tenyears. He was named the Construction Management "Man of the Year" by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1985 and awarded the Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology by the National Building Museum in 2006.

    Rafael Sacks

    Rafael Sacks is an Associate Professor in Structural Engineering and Construction Management at Technion–Israel Institute of Technology. He founded and leads the Virtual Construction and BIM Laboratory at the Israel National Building Research Institute, and has conducted primary and applied BIM research for industry, government, and public organizations in North America, Europe, and Israel.

    Kathleen Liston

    Kathleen Liston is CEO of Eco Offsite, a modular construction company. She co-founded Common Point Technologies, Inc., a construction simulation software company. She has worked with a variety of organizations, including Autodesk, Walt Disney, DPR Construction, and Mortenson Construction, developing technologies and processes to implement BIM. She has a PhD and master's from Stanford University in civil and environmental engineering and a bachelor of architecture from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Architects and Engineers

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    This 3-hour course addresses how BIM influences the entire range of design activities (from the initial stages of project development, dealing with feasibility and concept design), to design, development, and construction detailing.

    This course addresses how BIM influences the entire range of design activities (from the initial stages of project development, dealing with feasibility and concept design), to design, development, and construction detailing. BIM addresses building design services however this role is realized: carried out by autonomous architectural or engineering firms; as either part of a large integrated architecture/engineering (AE) firm or through a development corporation with internal design services. Within these varied organizational structures, a wide variety of contractual and organizational arrangements may be found. This course also introduces some of the new roles that will arise with this technology and considers the new needs and practices that BIM supports. (Fundamental - 3 hours). Posted by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Copyright © 2011. All rights reserved.

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    At the end of this course, you will be able to:

    • Discuss the impact of BIM from three viewpoints.
    • Define the issues of adopting BIM.
    • Identify the benefits of BIM.
    • Describe how BIM influences the entire range of design activities.

    ​Chuck Eastman

    Chuck Eastman is a Professor in the Colleges of Architecture and Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, and Director of the Digital Building Laboratory, a university-industry consortium, where heleads research in IT in building design and construction. He has been active in building modeling research since the 1970s and currently works with a variety of industry groups developing BIM technology.

    Dr. Paul Teicholz

    Paul Teicholz is Professor Emeritus at Stanford University. After twenty-five years innovating with IT solutions in the construction industry, he founded the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) at Stanford in 1988 and directed that program for tenyears. He was named the Construction Management "Man of the Year" by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1985 and awarded the Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology by the National Building Museum in 2006.

    Rafael Sacks

    Rafael Sacks is an Associate Professor in Structural Engineering and Construction Management at Technion–Israel Institute of Technology. He founded and leads the Virtual Construction and BIM Laboratory at the Israel National Building Research Institute, and has conducted primary and applied BIM research for industry, government, and public organizations in North America, Europe, and Israel.

    Kathleen Liston

    Kathleen Liston is CEO of Eco Offsite, a modular construction company. She co-founded Common Point Technologies, Inc., a construction simulation software company. She has worked with a variety of organizations, including Autodesk, Walt Disney, DPR Construction, and Mortenson Construction, developing technologies and processes to implement BIM. She has a PhD and master's from Stanford University in civil and environmental engineering and a bachelor of architecture from the University of Notre Dame.

  • A Better Construction Contract

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    This 2-hour online interactive course examines two types of Owner-Contractor agreements: (1) stipulated sum; and (2) cost plus a fee with a guaranteed maximum price (often called "GMP").

    This 2-hour online interactive course examines two types of Owner-Contractor agreements: (1) stipulated sum; and (2) cost plus a fee with a guaranteed maximum price (often called "GMP"). The use of general conditions with both types of contracts is assumed in this course and particular attention is paid to the general conditions as they constitute the bulk of the contract whether it is a stipulated sum or GMP type. This course assumes some familiarity with the AIA documents, the contractually defined roles of the Owner, Contractor, and Architect, and the interrelationship of the Contract Documents, such as the Agreement, General Conditions, and Drawings and Specifications. We will follow the organization of the AIA documents as a starting point. Consequently, the term "architect" will typically be employed, but the principles discussed in this course can apply to other design professionals as well. References to relevant sections of the AIA documents are included in parentheses throughout. As we review the two types of Owner-Contractor agreements, this course identifies major contract issues, performance problem areas, and definitions of important terms. Issues which are likely to cause conflict or generate disputes are identified. Subjects which often appear obscure to design professionals, such as insurance, are discussed. A test is included in at the end of this course. You must have Flash Player Version 7 or higher to view some parts of this course. We also recommend you view this course in Internet Explorer. (Intermediate - 2 hours).

    Randall Reaves

    Randall Reaves is a registered architect (since 1981) and a licensed attorney (since 1986). As an architect, Mr. Reaves was a project manager for the Houston firm of Pierce Goodwin Alexander. As an attorney, Mr. Reaves has specialized in construction and design law. He has presented at bar seminars and various professional association conferences. Mr. Reaves directed construction law services for The University of Texas System, a $500 million per year program. He co-authored sweeping changes to the Texas statutes authorizing design-build, construction management, and job-order contracting for public schools and institutions of higher education. He is also a trained mediator.

  • Building Information Modeling (BIM) - An Introduction

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    This interactive two-hour online course exposes you - the planning, design, and/or construction professional - to the importance of using Building Information Modeling (BIM).

    Fundamental changes are occurring within the design and construction industry due to the increased use of virtual modeling technology. One of the tools is BIM. Do you know what that is and are you ready to use it? This interactive online course exposes you, the planning, design, and/or construction professional, to the importance of using BIM (Building Information Modeling). It teaches you to work collaboratively throughout projects and helps you develop a thorough understanding of how BIM improves productivity throughout the design and construction process. We'll examine: (1) Origins of BIM; (2) distinguishing elements of BIM; (3) types of BIM applications available; (4) other products used in conjunction with BIM; (5) facility data included in BIM; and (6) who benefits from BIM. (Fundamental - 2 hours).

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES

    At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Define BIM.
    • Discuss the difference between BIM and other types of models.
    • Name the people who will benefit from using BIM.
    • List some of the potential benefits for using BIM.
    • Recite the current limitations of BIM.
    • Describe interoperability.

    Rumanda Young, Ph.D.

    Dr. Young is a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) in the state of Texas and a Certified Planner (AICP).  She holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture (BLA) from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree in city and regional planning (MCRP) with environmental planning emphasis from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. in urban planning and public policy. Dr. Young also spent time abroad in Cheltenham, England at the University of Gloucestershire focusing on sustainable development practices, environmental planning, and resource management.

    Dr. Young has eight years of private practice experience, six of which working with the firm Carter & Burgess, Inc. She was involved in a variety of work including a wide range of park and recreational planning and design projects. Landscape Architectural experience ranges from preparation of detail site design plans, inventory and analysis documents, park, recreation and open space master plans, city-wide comprehensive plans, interpretive prospectus documents, construction document preparation, and preparation of grant applications and rezoning applications for cities throughout Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

    Dr. Young currently works as a Military Master Planner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the Planning, Environmental, and Regulatory Branch.  Dr. Young is involved in a variety of work including a wide range of military planning, programming, and design projects. Project Management experience ranges from installation design guides to campus master plans. Projects also focus on the impacts of development on human health and the environment, and improvements through better siting, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of military projects.

    Dr. Young is also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, School of Architecture.  She teaches master’s level landscape architecture design studio course(s).

  • Basic Blueprint Reading and Related Math

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    This 3-hour interactive online course focuses on basic blueprint reading for everyone from the architect, to the contractor, to the engineer, to the people who physically build the structure.

    Blueprints are like a game plan for the construction team, and being able to read them is a skill everyone needs to know. That includes everyone from the architect, to the contractor, to the engineer, to the people who physically build the structure. They all make important decisions based on blueprints. Part of being able to read blueprints includes recognizing common elevation symbols, and having some basic math skills. This 3-hour interactive online course covers those areas. It also reviews the basic parts of a residential blueprint, as well as how to read elevations. (Fundamental - 3 hours).   

    David Chitester

    David Chitester is a licensed P.E. in Michigan and Florida has over 35 years of experience. He graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974. He also has an M.B.A that he received from Northern Michigan University in 1978. 
     
    David Chitester began his career with Bechtel Power and Blount Brothers where he gained field construction experience on projects ranging from $150 million to $500 million. For more than 30 years, he has provided services essential to a balanced mix of public and private sector clients. Mr. Chitester's expertise has been applied to multi-million dollar hotels and resorts, industrial process plants, power generating facilities, office and commercial buildings. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and his background includes a number of years on active construction sites.

    David Chitester is a professional trainer and founder of RedVector.com Inc. and Chitester Management Systems. He has authored numerous online courses and taught live classes on ethics, laws and rules, building codes and the ADA. His courses have been approved by numerous state boards and private organizations including the: AIA, USGBC, FBPE, AICP, FCILB, ECLB, Florida Building Commission and many others.  

  • Working Effectively With Building Officials and Inspectors

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    This interactive online course will present a number of techniques to use to ensure a productive outcome including: knowing the applicable codes, being professional, first impressions, understanding the role of the local authority having jurisdiction, knowing when to appeal an unfavorable ruling, knowing when to accept an unfavorable ruling, and establishing your credentials.

    Who is an authority having jurisdiction? How should you communicate with them? Anyone associated with building design and construction will eventually interact with a building official or inspector. This includes Fire Marshals, health departments, planning departments, local gas and electric companies and water and sewer departments. Having a positive and professional relationship will go a long way in creating a cost effective, timely and safe project. This interactive online course will present a number of techniques to use to ensure a productive outcome including: knowing the applicable codes, being professional, first impressions, understanding the role of the local authority having jurisdiction, knowing when to appeal an unfavorable ruling, knowing when to accept an unfavorable ruling, and establishing your credentials. (Fundamental - 1 hour).  

    At the end of this course, you will be able to: 

    • Describe the primary role and responsibility of the AHJ 
    • List at least five types of building officials and inspectors 
    • Identify the important factors in determining the codes of the local jurisdiction 
    • List the most effective communication methods 
    • Identify the qualities that can be assessed upon first impressions 
    • Explain the factors that may affect the decision to appeal an unfavorable ruling

    Robert Hazleton, Jr., PE

    Bob has over 40 years of experience in the mechanical engineering. His experience ranges from hands on work at an electrical generating station, part of an installation team at a NASA tracking station and supervisor of an operations and maintenance crew at a research laboratory. Bob also has been a design engineer working for Lenity Architecture and it predecessors for the past 18 years. This range of experience gives Bob a unique perspective of mechanical system design and installation. 

     
    Bob is a registered professional engineer in 36 States. During his time with Lenity Architecture Bob has worked on hundreds of project across the United States and Canada. In this range of work Bob has experienced a vast variety of building codes and interpretations. Bob has experience with HVAC, plumbing, natural gas, electrical power, fire alarm and low voltage systems. He has experience testing of smoke control system and kitchen ventilation systems.
     
    Bob is married and lives in Oregon. His two adult children are employed in the medical field as an MD and an RN. Bob is a retired NCAA and High School football official.