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Memorial ThoughtsLynn Javoroski FCSI 05-26-17  09:07 am
Keeping Ralph's SpiritLynn Javoroski FCSI 04-18-14  03:03 pm
Ralph's PassingJames Sandoz, AIA, C02-14-14  11:50 am
Why Johnny Doesn't Read...SpecsRalph Liebing, RA, C02-06-14  08:26 am
Dear....Ralph Liebing, RA, C01-29-14  09:03 am
Submittals and the ClientRalph Liebing, RA, C01-22-14  09:37 am
What Do You Want To Be....?Ralph Liebing, RA, C01-15-14  09:15 am
New Year, Same NeedsRalph Liebing, RA, C01-09-14  08:58 am
Pennies, Nickels, and DimesChris Grimm, CSI, CC12-08-13  05:56 pm
By The Numbersken hercenberg12-04-13  04:22 pm
DIFFERENCESLynn Javoroski FCSI 11-20-13  10:01 am
Think on ThisRalph Liebing, RA, C11-13-13  09:49 am
Snug It Up!Ralph Liebing, RA, C11-06-13  08:31 am
Speak Up!Ralph Liebing, RA, C10-23-13  09:57 am
RARalph Liebing, RA, C10-16-13  09:37 am
Would You Believe...?Ralph Liebing, RA, C10-09-13  12:41 pm
The Dichotomy of ArchitectureRalph Liebing, RA, C10-02-13  08:17 am
CSI: Influential ForceDavid J. Wyatt, CDT09-26-13  04:04 pm
The Future of HistoryJohn Regener, AIA, C09-19-13  09:50 am
Do Knowledge and Skill, In Construction, Equate?Ralph Liebing, RA, C09-11-13  09:32 am
Arrogance and Spec WritingRalph Liebing, RA, C09-04-13  08:19 am
Show and CONSTRUCTRalph Liebing, RA, C08-28-13  08:46 am
The Angst With Codes and DocumentsDavid J. Wyatt, CDT08-22-13  11:17 am
CCPR?Ralph Liebing, RA, C08-14-13  08:55 am
The Finese of Reality BiddingRalph Liebing, RA, C08-07-13  10:40 am
The ConfluenceSheldon Wolfe08-01-13  06:11 pm
Hey, Wait a Minute.....!Sheldon Wolfe07-17-13  08:58 am
FOR THE SAKE OF APPEARANCESRalph Liebing, RA, C07-11-13  02:47 pm
Bill of RightsSheldon Wolfe07-03-13  08:51 am
Beef StewRalph Liebing, RA, C06-26-13  08:18 am
You Never KnowRalph Liebing, RA, C06-19-13  08:11 am
Old and New-- Do They Ever Meet?Ralph Liebing, RA, C06-13-13  08:13 am
SUCCESSRalph Liebing, RA, C06-05-13  09:10 am
Major SurgeryRalph Liebing, RA, C05-29-13  08:37 am
Yet Another, The Same But This Year DifferentRalph Liebing, RA, C05-22-13  08:19 am
Education by the NumbersRalph Liebing, RA, C05-15-13  08:02 am
Getting Better is ToughRalph Liebing, RA, C05-08-13  11:12 am
Feasibility is not a GoalRalph Liebing, RA, C05-01-13  08:54 am
The Absolute CertainityRalph Liebing, RA, C04-24-13  08:25 am
The Second Meaning of RipeRalph Liebing, RA, C04-17-13  08:29 am
Bag of Tricks......ToolsRalph Liebing, RA, C04-10-13  08:18 am
Knowing It AllRalph Liebing, RA, C04-03-13  08:24 am
Why?ken hercenberg03-28-13  05:56 pm
CSI, Who?Ralph Liebing, RA, C03-20-13  08:16 am
Substitute By OpinionRobert W. Johnson03-13-13  03:38 pm
The "Story": To Be ToldRalph Liebing, RA, C03-07-13  11:06 am
The More The MerrierRalph Liebing, RA, C02-27-13  08:23 am
It's The Specs......Ralph Liebing, RA, C02-20-13  08:42 am
In The Service Of PeersRalph Liebing, RA, C02-13-13  10:57 am
Partners In................SuccessRalph Liebing, RA, C02-06-13  01:08 pm
Your Super BowlRalph Liebing, RA, C01-30-13  08:35 am
Informational SubmittalsRalph Liebing, RA, C01-23-13  10:05 am
The "Company Line"Ralph Liebing, RA, C01-16-13  07:55 am
New Way of Putting "U" in CSIRalph Liebing, RA, C01-09-13  08:55 am
Going Out on a LimbRalph Liebing, RA, C01-02-13  08:28 am
HolidaysRalph Liebing, RA, C12-19-12  09:02 am
Realistically, Let's Assume... Ralph Liebing, RA, C12-12-12  08:07 am
AnniversaryRalph Liebing, RA, C12-05-12  10:08 am
The Dog As SpecifierRalph Liebing, RA, C11-14-12  08:48 am
Outside InfluencesRalph Liebing, RA, C11-07-12  08:16 am
The Awakening!Ralph Liebing, RA, C11-01-12  02:30 pm
Who Supports This Event......Ralph Liebing, RA, C10-24-12  10:00 am
Transfer of KnowledgeRalph Liebing, RA, C10-17-12  11:08 am
A Piece of The Pie!Ralph Liebing, RA, C10-10-12  08:25 am
All Gone!Ralph Liebing, RA, C10-03-12  08:53 am
ChallengeRalph Liebing, RA, C09-26-12  09:05 am
Product Rep As EducatorRalph Liebing, RA, C09-19-12  08:44 am
Part 3Ralph Liebing, RA, C09-05-12  02:19 pm
Part 2 of Education AnewRalph Liebing, RA, C08-29-12  08:03 am
EDUCATION ANEWRalph Liebing, RA, C08-22-12  08:08 am
When Is NATIONAL CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICIATIONS Week?Ralph Liebing, RA, C08-15-12  08:05 am
The Old GuardRalph Liebing, RA, C08-08-12  08:01 am
Phases of the MoonMargaret G. Chewning08-02-12  05:12 pm
Truth Be ToldLynn Javoroski FCSI 07-25-12  05:34 pm
The Client's First ChoiceRalph Liebing, RA, C07-18-12  08:21 am
Unique and ImpossibleRalph Liebing, RA, C07-11-12  08:28 am
The Beginning is Just the Beginning.....Robert W. Johnson07-07-12  01:31 pm
Preview of Things to Come...Ralph Liebing, RA, C06-27-12  10:39 am
Okay! Let's Do It!Ralph Liebing, RA, C06-20-12  08:19 am
What It Is......Is EducationRalph Liebing, RA, C06-13-12  12:10 pm
The Time is NOW!Ralph Liebing, RA, C06-06-12  09:07 am
PurityRalph Liebing, RA, C05-30-12  07:53 am
STOP..............Look and ListenRalph Liebing, RA, C05-16-12  09:04 am
The Abyss.........Poof!Ralph Liebing, RA, C05-09-12  08:38 am
Why The Abyss?Ralph Liebing, RA, C05-02-12  08:44 am
Avoiding VoidsRalph Liebing, RA, C04-25-12  08:46 am
TributeRalph Liebing, RA, C04-18-12  08:39 am
Architect-- Technical MarksmanshipLynn Javoroski FCSI 04-11-12  02:15 pm
You Can't Have....Ralph Liebing, RA, C04-04-12  01:22 pm
How ToRalph Liebing, RA, C03-28-12  08:58 am
Late in the GameRalph Liebing, RA, C03-21-12  12:30 pm
Why is it?Ralph Liebing, RA, C03-07-12  09:24 am
Absence of ThoughtRalph Liebing, RA, C02-29-12  09:03 am
Playing "Let Pretend"Ralph Liebing, RA, C02-22-12  07:59 am
The Student, The Graduate............Ralph Liebing, RA, C02-15-12  01:01 pm
FACTRalph Liebing, RA, C02-08-12  03:03 pm
The Student, Graduate, Intern.........Ralph Liebing, RA, C02-01-12  08:45 am
Let's Re-Visit Education Ralph Liebing, RA, C01-25-12  08:05 am
The Price of Making a DifferenceRalph Liebing, RA, C01-18-12  01:59 pm
The Missing WordRalph Liebing, RA, C01-11-12  09:46 am
HMMMMMMM, What IF........Ralph Liebing, RA, C01-04-12  09:52 am
By Gosh, You're Gonna Spec.......Ralph Liebing, RA, C12-28-11  07:57 am
The Specifications for HolidaysLynn Javoroski FCSI 12-21-11  10:56 am
Responsible ControlRalph Liebing, RA, C12-14-11  09:20 am
What Does It Take.....Ralph Liebing, RA, C12-07-11  09:00 am
Go To ReliableGap-FillingRalph Liebing, RA, C11-30-11  07:27 am
Go To Reliable Gap-FillingRalph Liebing, RA, C11-30-11  07:26 am
Do They Understand?Dave Metzger11-23-11  09:40 am
Educators UnawareRalph Liebing, RA, C11-09-11  08:32 am
SHHHHHHHHH !Ralph Liebing, RA, C11-02-11  09:07 am
Gripping RealityRalph Liebing, RA, C10-19-11  01:47 pm
Pecking OrderRalph Liebing, RA, C10-05-11  11:21 am
The Milking StoolRalph Liebing, RA, C09-28-11  09:55 am
Well, Now We've Done It AgainRalph Liebing, RA, C09-07-11  08:46 am
Your IndulgenceRalph Liebing, RA, C08-31-11  09:41 am
More AwardsLynn Javoroski CSI C08-30-11  11:37 am
New ViewRalph Liebing, RA, C08-17-11  10:08 am
Concern v, SuspicionRalph Liebing, RA, C08-03-11  09:05 am
BIM, Etc,Ralph Liebing, RA, C07-27-11  09:27 am
Pop QuizColin Gilboy07-23-11  03:38 pm
Knowledge and the ProjectRalph Liebing, RA, C07-13-11  09:05 am
No Winners or LosersRalph Liebing, RA, C07-06-11  12:19 pm
How Come?Ralph Liebing, RA, C06-29-11  07:08 am
Is There No Wrong?Ralph Liebing, RA, C06-22-11  09:21 am
Who's Right?Ralph Liebing, RA, C06-15-11  08:26 am
Silence is......Ralph Liebing, RA, C06-08-11  12:26 pm
The Need 06-01-11  11:41 am
In MemoriamRalph Liebing, RA, C05-25-11  10:38 am
Takes TwoRalph Liebing, RA, C05-18-11  12:10 pm
Article in May 2011 SpecifierGeorge A. Everding, 05-17-11  02:57 pm
The Starting GunRalph Liebing, RA, C05-11-11  10:27 am
The Magic Wand 05-04-11  10:26 am
QuirkismRalph Liebing, RA, C04-27-11  01:41 pm
Passion...... 04-20-11  10:33 am
Train Time!!!Ralph Liebing, RA, C04-13-11  12:15 pm
Yo!Ralph Liebing, RA, C04-06-11  09:38 am
Flexibility.........Ralph Liebing, RA, C02-23-11  08:13 am
What If No........? 02-09-11  09:14 am
Reflecting....Ralph Liebing, RA, C02-02-11  08:48 am
Does Anybody....Dennis C. Elrod, AIA01-26-11  02:28 pm
Have you noticed.....Ralph Liebing, RA, C01-19-11  07:57 am
New ArchtectureRalph Liebing, RA, C01-05-11  03:06 pm
Rules, Etc.Ralph Liebing, RA, C12-22-10  10:20 am
Rules, Axioms.........Ralph Liebing, RA, C12-15-10  09:20 am
The Curious Status of the Big ThreeRalph Liebing, RA, C12-08-10  07:50 am
Education of the Young [and OLD, too???] 12-06-10  09:39 am
DESIGN PHILOSOPHY 11-24-10  08:32 am
Do We Need to Chnge? 11-17-10  07:59 am
WOWEEEE! 11-10-10  08:23 am
Who/What? 11-03-10  08:08 am
Equality of Documents 10-27-10  09:43 am
Aha! The Truth is Loose... 10-20-10  08:54 am
Dead-End? 10-13-10  09:01 am
Can'tJames M. Sandoz, AIA10-06-10  10:02 am
Number 100Ralph Liebing, RA, C09-29-10  10:43 am
Survival 09-22-10  09:29 am
Separation 09-15-10  04:48 pm
Separation 09-15-10  04:43 pm
When Omnipotence FailsDavid Axt, AIA, CCS,09-08-10  02:05 pm
IndifferenceRalph Liebing, RA, C09-01-10  08:46 am
We and Them, etc.Ralph Liebing, RA, C08-25-10  09:41 am
Let's Get Real!Ralph Liebing, RA, C08-18-10  10:59 am
Boiling CauldronRalph Liebing, RA, C08-11-10  06:47 am
Doesn't Anybody Care?Ralph Liebing, RA, C08-04-10  08:03 am
The End RunRalph Liebing, RA, C07-28-10  07:33 am
TRAVESTYGeorge A. Everding, 07-07-10  10:17 am
RightsRalph Liebing, RA, C06-30-10  08:32 am
Sumptin' NewColin Gilboy06-23-10  08:41 am
Mutually Exclusive?Ralph Liebing, RA, C06-16-10  06:55 am
Core ValuesRalph Liebing, RA, C06-09-10  06:37 am
Core ValuesRalph Liebing, RA, C06-09-10  06:33 am
I Don't ThinkRalph Liebing, RA, C06-02-10  09:55 am
Duffy and Emerson!Ralph Liebing, RA, C05-26-10  06:41 am
I Went; I Saw; I Came Back.......Convinced!Ralph Liebing, RA, C05-19-10  06:45 am
Why Do We Keep Doing This?Ralph Liebing, RA, C05-05-10  11:16 am
Codes and SpecsRalph Liebing, RA, C04-28-10  07:39 am
What Are We Trying To Do?Ralph Liebing, RA, C04-21-10  06:53 am
Have You Missed Anything?Tim Werbstein, AIA, 04-14-10  07:52 am
PERCEIVED OMNIPOTENCERalph Liebing, RA, C04-07-10  07:12 am
The Crucial ElementRalph Liebing, RA, C03-31-10  07:05 am
Over........................?Ralph Liebing, RA, C03-24-10  01:05 pm
Simplistic ComplexityRalph Liebing, RA, C03-17-10  08:21 am
Many VoicesRalph Liebing, RA, C03-10-10  07:55 am
Better of Two 03-03-10  10:44 am
DecorumRalph Liebing, RA, C02-24-10  06:54 am
Audacity!Chris Grimm, CSI, CC02-17-10  05:40 pm
It's BackRalph Liebing, RA, C02-11-10  09:01 am
I MissJoseph Berchenko02-03-10  04:02 pm
"Selling" Project ManualsRalph Liebing, RA, C01-27-10  06:38 am
Show Me Yours-----Ralph Liebing, RA, C01-20-10  12:45 pm
PreparationJames M. Sandoz, AIA01-14-10  08:55 am
Our FacetsRalph Liebing, RA, C01-06-10  06:41 am
Something Else to Think AboutRalph Liebing, RA, C12-30-09  02:12 pm
Are We Afraid?Ralph Liebing, RA, C12-23-09  07:03 am
Time of the YearRalph Liebing, RA, C12-09-09  07:01 am
Specs and Chinese Drywall-- A LessonJohn Bunzick, CCS, C12-07-09  12:10 pm
Hello, Emerging Professionals.......Ralph Liebing, RA, C11-25-09  07:16 am
The GapRalph Liebing, RA, C11-18-09  08:06 am
Revisit ingEdcuationRalph Liebing, RA, C11-11-09  12:29 pm
PerplexedRalph Liebing, RA, C11-04-09  06:28 am
Looking AheadRalph Liebing, RA, C10-28-09  07:03 am
Divide and ConquerRalph Liebing, RA, C10-21-09  07:00 am
Useless!Ralph Liebing, RA, C10-14-09  07:20 am
A&CRalph Liebing, RA, C09-30-09  10:03 am
JokeJames M. Sandoz, AIA09-23-09  09:31 am
Revisiting BIMRalph Liebing, RA, C09-16-09  07:55 am
Check Your SpecsSpecification Writer09-09-09  10:46 am
RFIRalph Liebing, RA, C09-02-09  06:35 am
GivingRalph Liebing, RA, C08-26-09  07:57 am
LegacyRalph Liebing, RA, C08-19-09  07:08 am
VisionRalph Liebing, RA, C08-12-09  06:36 am
Checking Two ThingsRalph Liebing, RA, C08-05-09  06:52 am
MeetingsRandy Cox07-29-09  02:21 pm
You NeverAnne Whitacre, FCSI 07-23-09  06:08 pm
IGNORANCE ISRalph Liebing, RA, C07-15-09  06:45 am
PotentialRalph Liebing, RA, C07-08-09  06:44 am
38 - ReminiscencesRalph Liebing, RA, C07-02-09  07:31 am
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Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT
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Post Number: 1115
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Posted on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 07:03 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

by Ralph Liebing, RA, CSI, CDT

CSI- Continue Seeking Initiatives

New year coming; new starts; new vision; new directions? Without forgetting what new came to us in 2009, we now make comment and offer suggestions for revising and upgrading some of the programs now in-place and some noted but lingering.

1. Review how the new strategic alliances benefited CSI both nationally and locally. What have allied organizations done specifically for CSI? Have the allied organizations endorsed CSI’s certification programs? Are the allied organizations actively promoting CSI in their publications? Need we review the existing alliances and learn how to improve our approach to new and existing ones? Is the real need expansion of CSI’s purview, perspective and reach?

2. Establish new and revised guidelines for directly and strongly taking CSI, its programs, its cause, documents, support, and resources to academia- faculty and students. Take CSI services, programs, and personnel for specifications instruction to local colleges and universities; encourage and support strong local chapter efforts in this direction to expand the purview of CSI and take the word of CSI to new exposures-- prior to office exposure and CDT. CSI will benefit by having young people coming into the professions AND CSI with a better understanding of all construction documents and creating better relations to foster new interest in specification writing in young professionals; and a desire to become members of CSI to utilize it resources and programs. Initiate program to transition and establish CSI as the “construction industries’ document and communications resource”!

3. Work to make the CSI web site even better, and Forums in particular, for prompter response and easier access and use; continue to resolve individual issues promptly. Also, how about better public access? Include a permanent, public area in CSI’s website (www.csinet.org) highlighting articles on the need for good construction documentation (including specs), design and construction quality, and how the role of the specifier, product representative, designer (architect and engineer), construction administrator, and owner contribute to that goal. This might involve focusing information in fewer places and gaining easier access. The Institute website is a most valuable asset for CSI as it evolves and becomes more expansive, user-friendly and responsive.

4. Expand exposure to, awareness of, benefit of, and advertising for the certification programs to other outlets, resources and organizations, that can and will benefit from participating in them. Change from the concept of “CSI-only” programs to offerings that affect and benefit many others in the industry, just as the CCPR program does now. By offering a service to others, CSI will gain prestige, influence, and credibility, along with increased revenue.

5. Continue to refine the testing programs with better question creation, better cohesion, and faster distribution of grades. Create early-education [prior to CDT] to orient, familiarize and attract new participants according to their present need to know about contract drawings and specifications!

The “lingerers”!
a. The program outlined above would help others see how training and organizational materials developed by CSI play an important element in that goal. CSI could then market and promote this information to design firms, other professional organizations, code officials, and owners. We know it's hard to sell “creative” people the idea that standards are good and helpful. However, they are a necessary part of how we communicate.

b. Designate an ombudsman at the highest level of Institute to speak for and carry the messages of the members to the Board and staff, a person with the facility and authorization to express the thoughts of members where that information would do the most good to produce results. The Member Services Department works well in answering relatively basic questions, but does not have the ability to resolve some of the issues that are addressed to them.

There are more ideas and issues that have been discussed within our forum—too many for the short expression of grass roots insight offered here. But, if WE are proud of what we do, then we need to put it out there; and if we value what we offer, then other people will value it too. CSI and “WE” have much to offer; it just needs to be made visible with more flair in the packaging. Let’s make some really “new” progress in CSI in 2010-- new vision; new efforts; new ideas and new solutions!

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