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NARRATED VIDEO – In this advanced one hour course, we will discuss Building Information Modeling and how this technology has optimized the building design process. We will take a more in depth look at how current specification management works and discuss an idea for improving the currently disjointed method. We will introduce automated specification management systems and present a tutorial to detail the features and functions of this new specification system. Finally, we will discuss best practices for introduciing automated specification management into you firm's workflow.
Today's clients are more immune than ever to traditional advertising and marketing methods. Competition is fierce and to most prospective clients, all architects look alike. How do you differentiate yourself in a crowded market?
In this 90 minute presentation you'll discover a little-known but highly effective 3 step process to attract and win high quality clients and projects without spending all of your time and money networking, or using traditional advertising and marketing methods.
AMI00A - Sponsored by Architect Marketing Institute
NARRATED VIDEO - This course will explain benefits of roof hatch & smoke vent design, life safety & BIM integration. The designer will have a better understanding of code regulations for life safety and will be able to properly size and place vents in accordance with these codes. Through an illustration and demonstration on BIM modeling, the designer will be able to better integrate roof hatches and smoke vents into their next project.
Find everything you need to know about coloring concrete with integral (mixed in) colors. Review the wide spectrum of colors that are used, the application process, and the benefits of integral color concrete that give it a long-lasting appeal.
This course will discuss different types of ladders and various applications in which they can be safely used. The designer will also learn about codes and minimum requirements necessary to adhere to standards both dimensionally and for fire ratings.
NARRATED VIDEO – In this course you will learn about the history and evolution of bronze and brass castings and their impact on the world. From simple beginnings to modern day technology you will gain insight and understanding of the sand casting process. The benefits of cast metal signs and plaques will be identified versus other sign options. There are virtually unlimited options available for communicating your message with cast signs and plaques. You will also learn about the cost effectiveness, quick turnaround time, and long term benefits of using cast metal signs.
NARRATED VIDEO - Through an evaluation on head-of-wall, bottom-of-wall and wall-to-wall assemblies, as well as the UL standards for approval, the design professional will have a better understanding of the components involved with each application. In addition, we will review what design professionals should consider when specifying protection of dynamic or static head-of-wall joints.
CEM05F - Sponsored by California Expanded Metal Company / CEMCO
NARRATED VIDEO - This course is designed to provide architects, designers, engineers, and specification writers a practical and useful foundation of knowledge to better understand the current cold-formed steel framing industry and how it supports the most recent standards for code compliance, structural/fire/sound requirements and sustainability.
CEM05G - Sponsored by California Expanded Metal Company / CEMCO
This course provides a basic overview of exterior light-gauge steel framing, as well as the characteristics and usage of different types of exterior deflection systems. Review how to avoid common mistakes when framing, and the ASTM standards for light-gauge steel framing products.
DIE05H - Sponsored by ClarkDietrich Building Systems
Understand how to design with shear walls for low to midrise construction. The components, location, test standards, advantages and disadvantages, as well as what should be considered when specifying shear elements are illustrated in this course.
CEM05C - Sponsored by California Expanded Metal Company / CEMCO
This course focuses on the emerging use of extruded aluminum trim products in single family, multi family and light commercial construction. Participants of this course will be provided and overview and examination of the benefits of extruded aluminum trim products as compared to traditional trim materials. The course goes into detail and defines what extruded aluminum trims are, how they are manufactured and the short and long term benefits of using extruded aluminum trims versus traditional trim materials.
Be able to describe the benefits of expanded metal and how it is installed, including what the current standards are. Learn how to write specifications using industry standard nomenclature on various patterns.
UPDATED! - Define the use of light-gauge steel framing connection products. Discuss practical applications of deflection clips, support clips, and the various methods of installation for different types of connectors.
DIE05F - Sponsored by ClarkDietrich Building Systems
NARRATED VIDEO - Discuss the unique design requirements for a railing using cable as a railing in-fill. Review the different types of cable construction methods, and explain the proper mounting and tension requirements when installing a pedestrian cable railing.
Review the IBC 2012 Code Compliance requirements for cold-formed structural studs and the minimum requirements per ASTM C955. The installation procedure for cold-formed structural studs per ASTM C1007 and fire-rated construction are described in this course.
DIE05J - Sponsored by ClarkDietrich Building Systems
In this course you will learn how to select the appropriate pre-manufactured stair treads and nosings to improve the safety of your building stairway design. We will also go over how pre-manufactured stair treads and nosings can complement your building design and improve the safe means of egress from your building with proper installation.
NARRATED VIDEO - Find out how plastic accessories and components can enhance your stucco construction through strong and noncorrosive field performance, ease of handling, moisture resistance, and aesthetic.
In this course, we will gain insight into the growing need for and use of fire retardant treated wood (FRTW). We will explore both interior and exterior FRTW and discuss treatment options. Through a review of applications, codes, and standards, the design professional will have a better understanding of how to incorporate FRTW into their next project.
Compare traditional mortise and tenon joinery with embedded timber connectors, and become familiar with the parts of a common frame, installation processes, and design for: tension, compression, and shear utilizing steel embedded connectors. This course will help you specify different styles of connectors for wood to wood, wood to concrete, and wood to steel connections.
Discover the innovative column options that are available today and the variety of materials that are used to create this classic product. Learn about the current trends that have affected columns in the construction industry.