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Principles of Construction Documentation (PCD) Manual

The PCD course is an introductory course that will enable the student to have a better understanding of construction documentation (specifications, drawings and schedules), products, bidding procedures and contracts. It is also precursor to all the other CSC education courses.

The PCD course is a prerequisite for the Certified Technical Representative (CTR) and the Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) designations from CSC. Successful completion of the PCD may be credited toward the experience component requirements for the Registered Specification Writer (RSW) designation.

The course is designed for individuals involved in the construction industry, who at any point in their career are required to produce, read, supply products for, or rely on, the project manual/specification. In other words, it is designed for anyone in construction, whether they work as a designer, consultant, contractor or supplier.

The focus is to emphasize the relationship that exists between specifications and drawings, and the role of the industry participants. Contract documents and the project manual have an intrinsic relationship with each other, with standard pre-printed contract documents, and with associated documents; this course explains these relationships.

Module:

  1. Introduction
  2. Construction Process: Players and Roles; Owner Expectations; Budget Process; Project Phases; and the Bidding Process
  3. Production of Construction Documents: The Project Manual; Format Documents; Specifying Methods; Language and Style; Specification Writing, Editing and Co-ordination; and Document Interpretation
  4. Forms of Contract: Contract Delivery
  5. Codes and Standards: Codes and Code Content; Standards and Testing Agencies; Zoning By-Laws and Permits; and Environmental issues
  6. Risk Management Issues: Risk and Liability
  7. Legal Issues: Legal Issues; and Contract Law and Court Decisions
  8. Building Science: Basic Building Principles; Product Evaluation and Selection; Sustainability Issues; and Diagnostic Methods, Non-Destructive Testing
  9. Contract Administration: Authority of the Contract Administrator; Time Management; Submittals, Alternatives and Substitutions; Changes in the Work; The Commissioning Process; and Performance, Termination and Dispute Resolutions
  10. Communications: Communications and Projects on the Internet
  11. Trends in the Construction Industry: The History of Standardizing Construction Information; New Initiatives in Standardization; and Professional Development

For more information and to order the PCD go to spex.ca.