This topic is a great example of the actual practice in the real world being different than the ideal world. In this episode I refer to two AIA documents, the B201, Article 2.6.2 Evaluations of the Work and A201, Article 12.3 Acceptance of Nonconforming Work.


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In the real world, when we, as the Architect, notice something not correct about the work in the field, oftentimes we notify the General Contractor of the nonconforming work and request they correct it. However, this is not the proper procedure according to the AIA documents or for purposes of the Exam.

In the B201, Article, it describes, based on our site visits, that the “Architect shall keep the Owner reasonably informed about the progress and quality of the portion of the Work completed, and report to the Owner 1) known deviations from the Contract Documents… 2) defects and deficiencies observed in the Work.” This clearly states that we should be notifying the Owner of any nonconforming work.

In the A201, Article 12.3 Acceptance of Nonconforming Work, it states “If the Owner prefers to accept Work that is not in accordance with the requirements of the Contract Documents, the Owner may do so instead of requiring its removal and correction…” This clearly states the Owner has the right to accept a nonconforming use. In this episode I discuss a couple of examples of why the Owner may choose to do this.

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My Data Backup Plan

This topic has nothing to do with the CSE, but I think it is SO important as many of us rely heavily on our data from our computers and mobile devices. I spent last week creating a serious backup plan mainly inspired by a Gizmodo editor who had his iCloud account hacked and lost all of his data including personal pictures of his daughter over the last year and a half since she was born. He didn’t have anything backed up. If you want to read the details of his story, click here. I share with you the data backup plan I created and implemented last week based on my 27″ iMac including utilizing Time MachineCarbon Copy Cloner, purchasing 2 3T external hardrives, utilizing online backup service Backblaze, and Backupify for my email and google apps for business account.

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