and Articles

White Paper
A report on The Construction Specifications Process, developed by SCIP at the 2015 Annual Meeting in St. Louis.

Winter 2008
Issue #67

(current issue)
Archives - 2003 to Present
KnowHow is a publication that provides technical and membership information.
(Editor needed)

SCIPping Along
July 201
(current issue)

Archives - 2003 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.

College of Fellows History

Printing funded by SCIP
(available on Amazon).

(Click here if you wanted the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals) celebrated
its 20th anniversary
September 2016

SCIP Phone
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 Serving the Specifier Community for 49 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.

Overview of 2017 SCIP ANNUAL MEETING

The SCIP annual meeting in Providence, RI, is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the Hilton Providence Hotel, located at 21 Atwells Avenue.  

The membership meeting will have a slightly different format than previous years, because we are trying to squeeze more activities into our day.  The breakfast and meeting will start earlier at 8:00 am and end later at 4:30 pm. 

This year we will have several panel discussions moderated by Paul Simonsen, as well as a workshop on "Business Planning".  And, of course, we will have our official corporate annual business meeting, as well as several Open Forum sessions for dialogue among the membership.   

Because our annual meeting day is long and filled with many activities, we will be having multiple intermissions (breaks) to allow the members to check their email, socialize, and get acquainted with our sponsors during the day.  During the breaks our Premium Sponsors will have an opportunity to introduce themselves, so we hope you will greet them and thank them for their support. 

Also we will have a great lunch and an afternoon snack break, and last but not least there will be our traditional annual group photo taken in the afternoon (so don't leave early or you will miss out...) 

The SCIP annual membership meeting is open to sponsors, SCIP members, and invited guests, so PLEASE BE SURE your dues are paid (SCIP member renewal is due on July 1 of each year, so if you have not just paid your dues, please do so before attending the meeting). 


                   08:00 – 08:30       BREAKFAST & OPENING ANNOUNCEMENTS

            08:30 – 09:00       ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

               09:00 – 09:30       PANEL DISCUSSION (SIMONSEN)

               09:30 – 10:00       BREAK AND SPONSOR INTRODUCTIONS

               10:00 – 11:00       BUSINESS PLANNING SEMINAR

               11:00 – 11:30       BREAK AND SPONSOR INTRODUCTIONS

               11:30 – 12:00       PANEL DISCUSSION (SIMONSEN)

               12:00 – 12:30       LUNCH

               12:30 – 01:00       AWARDS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS (DURING LUNCH)

               01:00 – 02:00       OPEN FORUM DISCUSSION

               02:00 – 02:30       BREAK AND SPONSOR INTRODUCTIONS

               02:30 – 03:30       OPEN FORUM DISCUSSION

               03:30 – 04:00       BREAK (SNACKS AND GROUP PHOTO)

               04:00 – 04:30       OPEN FORUM DISCUSSION

CSI will elevate a SCIP member to Distinguished member at CONSTRUCT this year. Congratulations to:
Paul R. Bertram, Jr., FCSI, Lifetime member, CDT SCIP
James M. Robertson, FCSI CCS SCIP Associate

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Online applications for new memberships and dues payments for membership renewals by PayPal have been restored. The following links in the Quick Links sidebar now provide options for both payment by check and by PayPal:

New Member Application
Member Renewal

Online PAYPAL sponsor donations REINSTATED

Online Sponsor Donations by PayPal have been restored. The following link in the Quick Links sidebar now provide options for both payment by check and by PayPal:

Sponsor Program

he SCIP Board of Directors has approved a new Sponsor Program following its incorporation in 2015. SCIP has received tax exempt status as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit District of Columbia corporation approval by the IRS. This allows SCIP to host events such as Specifier Workshops in 2015 to develop best practices for the specifications process. Donations 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. 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 here: Sponsor Program, or on the link under Quick Links on the top right.

- AnnouncemenTs -

Your SCIP Board is pleased to announce new MEMBER BENEFITS for all SCIP members.


We are now an AIA-CES Provider, which will allow SCIP membership to provide classes online and in-person that can be registered with AIA for continuing education credits for the class participants. Instructions are outlined in a PDF document sent to all members, and required forms will be posted online here in the future.


We have signed an agreement with MADCAD.COM which will allow SCIP members to access certain ASTM Standards online. MADCAD will be sending out instructions soon, informing you how to access these resources online. Instructions will be sent to all current SCIP members.

The standards that can be referenced through this service are ASTM Standards Referenced in Building Codes - this includes over 2,000 ASTM construction standards typically referenced by UBC, ICC, UPC, NFPA 5000, Spectext, Masterspec, BSD Speclink, Green Standards, UL Global Standards, and NRCA. This package includes active, redline and historical editions, and it is updated quarterly.

This service will allow two concurrent SCIP members to access these standards at any given time. For this reason we urge you to be careful to log out when finished, and not stay logged in for extended periods of time, since this may prevent another member from using the service at the same time.

For questions or comments, please reply to


Congratulations to SCIP’s officers for the next 2 years:

President - John Carter
President Elect - Linda Stansen
Vice President - Vivian Volz
Vice President - Neil Davison
Secretary - Stephen Nash
Treasurer - Holly Robinson
 Past President - David Stutzman
Affiliate Director - Don Harris

SCIP has a lawyer on call
s a member benefit, SCIP members are entitled to two free calls to LegaLine.
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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 profile, contact the treasurer.
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