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President Message

Dear Friends,

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season. As we wind down 2011 and prepare for a new year I want to thank you, our AIC Members and supporters, for your continued membership, advocacy and generosity this year. This is a unique organization with a great mission. As we mark time during these holidays I want to give thanks to the leadership team that has created more value for our members and the industry. Here are just a few…  
  • Our corporate partner program, The Professional Constructor Partner program, was kicked off and has its first member firm – The Reiter Companies.
  • We continue to work with the Federal Office of Personnel Management for the creation of a career track for Construction Management Personnel. AIC and the Certification Program were recently recognized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in their recommendation to OPM for this classification. 
  • The first ever AIC CPC Exam Preparation Online Boot Camp was held, with plans for more.
  • The latest revision of the AIC Program on Construction Ethics was published and will soon be available in iBook format.
  • The Education Foundation re-asserted its leadership team and commitment toward steady growth and progress.
  • Pre-approval of most of AGC of America’s training which is offered at their meetings to 30,000 of its member companies. A note to all you CPC’s and AC’s - don’t forget to enter those CPD credits to your online CPD record.

AIC Announces Winners From Recent Ethics Competition at Texas A&M

The American Institute of Constructors (AIC) “Program on Construction Ethics” was the foundation for a team ethics competition in a newly established course “Ethics in the Construction Industry” for third year Texas A&M construction science students in College Station, Texas. The four-person teams were presented with an ethical scenario that involved an owner, construction manager, general contractors, specialty contractors, and employees. The issues contained in the ethical scenario were developed from the case studies in the AIC “Program on Construction Ethics”. The AIC congratulates the winning team of Jeff Vandercook, Carol Rodriquez, Juan Vasquez and Tyler Jones.  Read more...

The American Professional Constructor

The Journal of the American Instittute of Constructors - April 2007, Volume 31, Number 1

Quality Assurance in Residential Foundations and Construction Surveying Layout Techniques in the Southeastern United States

John W. Adcox, Jr., EdD, CPC

This article provides an overview of three areas: Quality Assurance, Placement Considerations and Actual Techniques used in Residential Building Layout.

Key Words
Construction Surveying, Construction Layout, Residential Construction, Foundation Layout, and Quality Assurance

Quality assurance in the layout and soil conditions of residential foundations, as a general practice, is given very little consideration. Five major factors contribute to this:
1) Leniency of building codes,
2) The cost of subsurface investigations and construction testing,
3) The short construction timeline of most residential projects,
4) Lack of written formal specifications, and
5) Accuracy used during layout techniques.

There is not usually an attempt by a residential contractor to "short cut" the necessary quality assurance steps; however, the constraints of costs and time often preclude the use of quality assurance measures.

Download the full article.



AIC News

2012 AIC Annual Forum

The AIC Annual Forum is coming to Tampa, FL!
Join us April 18-20, 2012 at the Tampa Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel.

AC and CPC Examinations

Spring 2012 Exam Dates:

Registration Ends: February 1, 2012

Exam Date: March 31, 2012

Click here to learn more...

Dr. Roger Liska Given AIC Lifetime Achievement Award

The American Institute of Constructors recently awarded Dr. Roger Liska of Clemson University with the AIC Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition Dr. Liska was given a Lifetime Membership within the AIC. The AIC presented the award at its recent Mid-Year Meeting on October 13, 2011 in Alexandria, VA. Read more...

AIC Northern Ohio Chapter's Poorman's Raffle Recap

On a blustery night earlier this month, over 200 construction professionals from the Cleveland area came together to attend the 26th Annual Poorman's Raffle to raise $4000.00 in scholarship funds for deserving area construction students.  In the twenty-six years of the Poorman's Raffle, well over $100,000.00 has been raised from this event to support construction higher education.  AIC thanks all of those who made this year's Poorman's Raffle happen.  Connect with the chapter on LinkedIn!

Certification Corner

Fall 2011 Exam

Recently the AIC Constructor Certification Commission administered the Associate Constructor and Certified Professional Constructor examinations at over 70 locations across the United States. In all over 100 candidates tested for the CPC certification and another 800 for the Associate Constructor certification. These two exams have continued to grow in both size and recognition over the years. The continued success of these examinations and certifications will be a top priority for the AIC and CCC.

CM As a Professional Series Proposal

The US Army Corps of Engineers has recently requested that the Office of Personnel Management establish a new occupational series for professional construction managers. Within that proposal the Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) is specified as one of the nationally recognized organizations that establishes and certifies individuals as professional construction managers. The proposal also recognizes the AIC's continuing education requirements, the Continuing Professional Development program. The recognition of the CPC certification in this proposal demonstrates the value and continued need for such a certification in the construction industry. The AIC will continue to provide updates on the status of this proposal.  Read more...

Dear Mr. Ethics,

We just had a project RFP accepted. The RFP requires us to submit pre-design work; a proposed project budget; proposed scope construction services; proposed agreement changes as well as other items. Our lead designer has instructed us to destroy all the paperwork that has preceded the RFP. Whenever someone asks me to destroy documents I feel as though I am doing something unethical. I would appreciate your opinion on destroying documents.

Document Destroyer

Read the response here...
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