(Continued from previous section, A Great Day with John Straube – Part 1.)
At the CPCI High Performance Building Envelope seminar we also discussed some prevalent issues in the industry to help promote better practice. Construction litigation and/or forensic investigation are one major arena in which building scientists serve— when users and owners of a building suffer some form of building failure. Some of these problems (many deeply mired in litigation) may be traced back to poorly labeled construction documents (drawings) that were ambiguous, confusing, or otherwise leading to poor decisions being executed on site during construction. It is easy for an industry practitioner in the design/drawing room to “assume” that a certain detail does not need to be labeled explicitly because “people should know,” only to later find out that people DON’T know, and tragically, by way of building envelope failures, meaning years if not decades of expensive, haunting trouble.
It’s been awhile since I last made a post here and it feels like forever.
As the semester is rolling up to the end, it means finals and research papers are all due.
I finished up with our Criminal Law final this week and it was one VERY long 3 hour exam. Continue reading
It has been awhile! My life has been non-existent so I haven’t had anything interesting to post about until now.
For the people who have been following BCIT’s Biomedical Engineering Program, you must’ve heard about the Eye-Select. For those who have not heard about this, the device was built by previous BMET grads (Alan Kwok, Alex Sayer, and Benny Chick). The device was designed, from scratch, with the intentions of permitting ALS patients to control their environment with their eyes. This would include controlling the lights in their home, the mouse on their computer screen, and other electronics around them.
Here we are again!
The ending of another semester - I can see the light. This is inevitably a stressful time of year, full of sleepless nights, cramming, and people eventually losing it and running through the hallways sans clothing. I’m joking!! Sheesh.
Don’t take everything so literally. (This is my dad’s friend’s cat, by the way. So angry…)
It’s hard to believe it’s almost over, seeing how much I enjoyed this semester and everything I’ve learned.
On Tuesday, CPCI (Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute) hosted a high performance building enclosures seminar given by Dr. John Straube, a leading industry contributor and lecturer. He is a professor of building science in the Civil Engineering Department and School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo and consulted with many building product manufacturers and important government agencies. Continue reading