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Hello Everyone, Thanks for signing up to be notified whenever a new post is placed. Although I like to include the fact that I have a larger than average family, I don’t tend to post personal items on my website because it is primarily a business based website. That being said, occasionally I may post things that are of this nature because of their impact… and the latest news is that we are pregnant with our ninth child! We are extremely

Sound Transmission Control and the Design of Wall Sections

Quick post here… I am looking into the issues surrounding the design of wall sections for sound transmission control. Here are the things I am considering in the design: Sound frequency is measured in Hertz (Hz). Hertz is defined as one cycle per second, and is typically applied to Sine waves. Sound is a compressive wave that is sent through a media, whether it is air (as we usually experience it), water or any other solid material. The control of

Exhibit One: Lessons Learned from Exhibiting at a Networking Event

(updated 5.6.2014) This post describes some of the lessons I learned at a recent networking event, as well as some of the value of attending exhibitions like these. Hindsight being what it is (20/20 so they say), I thought it would be a good idea to communicate some of the things that I have learned from the exhibits I have been a part of as I look to the next and final one for this year that I will be

Looking at BioMimicry from an Architect’s Viewpoint: Eight Pillars of BioMimicry Synthesis

The purpose of this post is to establish, at least in my mind, if not otherwise, what the minimum features of a design philosophy should be that uses biomimicry principles. I do this in 8 key elements of what I believe true ‘biomimicry’ will look like. An acquaintance of mine told me the story of his ‘in-house’ rejection by the company he had been hired by. This acquaintance, whom we will call, ‘Scott’, had been on the team that developed

7 Tips for Adding Effectiveness to the Design Workflow

The process of designing and documenting buildings can be cumbersome and involved. Here are a few things to consider in running a more efficient company, especially for those using BIM. Using Building Information Modeling (BIM) is helpful to the Architect and by extension to the other stakeholders for a variety of reasons. Credit where credit is due… much of what I am summarizing in this post was communicated by David Haynes at an Autodesk Training Seminar via Autodesk University. I

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