The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a national association of volunteers, including specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors, facility managers, product representatives, manufacturers, owners and others who are dedicated to improving the communication of construction information through many methods including certification (have you looked into getting your CDT?), standards, education and more.
The mission of CSI is to advance building information management and education of project teams to improve facility performance. While this mission should be achieved by every party working towards a common goal, it cannot occur without clear, complete, correct and concise communication. Anyone that has gone through their CDT certification with CSI, knows that these are the Four C’s of construction specification writing. However, this is also how a successful project is attained. With the four C’s of communication, each party involved (see the above list of CSI volunteers for reference) does his or her part to satisfy their roll to the absolute best of their ability with the Project in mind.
While I was instructed early on in my membership (through a very intelligent individual who is about to become a Fellow) that CSI is “how it is supposed to be and not necessarily how it is”, I have learned that over 13,000 people who volunteer their time, energy and information truly believe how it is “supposed to be”.
Communication is key and one thing I have learned in my three years with CSI is you can count on clear, complete, correct and concise communication with another member. Whether you are discussing the latest standard , Code, Project or material or talking about the weather or your favorite sports team, what you hear from a fellow CSI member can be held in high regard.
CSI is nothing without these volunteers. In what sounds like the Boy Scout law, these thousands of people are trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, and most of all from my experience KIND. While having the opportunity to attend meetings with all seven CSI Chapter in PA (Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Central Penn, North Central Penn, Railroad and my home chapter of Allentown), I have never felt more welcome and at ease in a room, knowing that each person attending works with the mission in mind.
While I can go and on and on, I need to stop somewhere and present my call to action. CSI is once again offering a special membership discount that is based solely around Social Media channels. I implore you to take this opportunity and save 20% on the National Membership. Of course, I also recommend you join a local chapter, where you can attend local education sessions and networking opportunities. Additional chapter dues are not included in this promotional offer.
Please, take advantage and don’t miss this special offer! #joinCSI at www.csinet.org/join by Wednesday, June 20 and pay only $192 for national dues — a 20% savings.
The miscellaneous ramblings of Eric D. Lussier, CSI, CDT