and Articles

Winter 2008
Issue #67
(current issue)

Archives - 2003 to Present

KnowHow is a publication that provides technical and membership information.
(Editor needed)

SCIPping Along
May 2014

(current issue)

Archives - 2006 to Present

SCIPping Along  is a status Report from the SCIP Board.

Liebing Articles
August 2010

(current issue)

Archives - 2005 to 2010
A series of insights by Ralph Liebing that give an unique perspective to the practice of writing specifications. This is the latest issue.

Links to 2010 SCIP Ads in:
The Construction Specifier

Spec News
Archives - 08/2006 to 01/2007
A series of news items for specifiers by Mark Kalin on building products, LEED tips, and more.

10 Things Specifiers Wish Product Reps Knew

A helpful report by CSI for product representatives and manufacturers.

(If you wanted the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals,
click here.) celebrated
its 19th anniversary
September 201

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818) 390-7692

 Serving the Specifier Community for 48 years.

      Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice is an international technical resource organization which assists design firms, owners, and manufacturers in acquiring professionally written construction specifications from qualified independent and employed specifiers, who:
a.   advance excellence in preparing construction
b.   promote their special services and expertise
      to potential clients.
c.   share their knowledge, experience, and resources
      through discussions, conferences, and educational
d.   network for mutual benefit.

    SCIP lost a great board member and a great friend.

   Steve Falk was a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction in the School of Architecture in 1957. He was an associate member of the Boston Chapter AIA and National AIA. He enjoyed teaching a course a t Columbia University for minority contractors on how to run a business and mentoring young Architects. He was an active CSI member and a few years ago he received his 50-year pin.

   In recent years, he had time to travel and play golf, but somehow responded to the call of serving on SCIP's board of directors in what ever capacity was needed. Steve Falk was the only candidate to step forward for the 2014-2016 board elections and volunteered to be our new treasurer. He was the perfect treasurer and membership chair, performing the task with dedication and expertise. He handled the position with dedication, expertise, and patience as he set up a new bank account, cajoled members to pay their dues, reported treasury balances each month, and participated in the process of setting up a non-profit incorporation for SCIP. SCIP has benefited greatly from his participation, although cut short. His personal efforts and contributions will long be remembered with gratitude.

   Steve and his wife Rita attended the CSI Construct 2015 in St. Louis the week before his heart attack, and those of us who attended the SCIP activities have fond memories of camaraderie and working with him to handle the expenses of the SCIP Annual Meeting.

   Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rita and his family. Steve will be missed.

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Thanks to Marilyn Smith for the great photos.

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was incorporated this year, and with that has adopted a new set of Bylaws.
The new 2015 SCIP Bylaws are posted with a link under Quick Links above.

CSI's  Jury of Fellows has voted to honor two SCIP members with Fellowship this year. Congratulations to:
David A. Bishton, RA, CSI, CCS, CCCA, Denver Chapter
Holly Jordan, CSI, CCS, Houston Chapter


The SCIP Board of Directors recently approved a new Sponsor Program, following its recent incorporation. SCIP has applied for tax exempt status as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit District of Columbia corporation, currently pending approval by the IRS. This will allow SCIP to host events such as Specifier Workshops described below to develop best practices for the specifications process. Donations will help SCIP open the Workshops to all specifiers and publish the results for all participants and sponsors.

Sponsor donations made after April 1st of each year will receive sponsor benefits until the annual renewal date of June 30 of the following year. More details on the SCIP Sponsor Program are available at the following link:
SCIP Sponsor Program

Donations may be made by check or online. Checks made out to SCIP should be sent to the SCIP Treasurer at the address listed in the Officer Directory. Online donations may be made through PayPal by clicking on the Why Sponsor SCIP? link under Quick Links on the top right.


was incorporated earlier this year, and with that has adopted a new set of Bylaws.
The new 2015 SCIP Bylaws are posted with a link under Quick Links above.

SCIP Booths at past CSI Conventions
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2012 Phoenix   2013 Nashville   2014 Baltimore

2015 St. Louis

SCIP has a lawyer on call
s a member benefit, SCIP members are entitled to two free calls to LegaLine.
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As an experiment, the annual meeting at Construct2012 in Phoenix was broadcast live, recorded on video, and store privately on the Internet using Google+ Hangout.
To view, visit

The audio and video are not the best, but it served the purposed of demonstrating the possibility of engaging other members who were not able to physcially attend to someday participate in the proceedings..

Now! direct phone access to SCIP
ot down this number: (818)390-7692. Now you can reach SCIP Membership Chair/Treasurer directly. Although this is not a toll free number, you might want to clear up some matters quickly.

member database UPDATE

The member database has been in effect since February 2009. Members should have updated their own profiles by now. We need your email address to notify you of important news, send you newsletters and election ballots, and provide your address to Arkema for invitations to the special events at CONSTRUCT. If you have a problem accessing your, contact the treasurer.
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 SCIP GROUP PHOTO at 2015 CSI Convention

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