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.) will celebrated
its 19th anniversary
September 201

Phone Direct
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.

AUGUST  Update
AND workshop

The FY2016 Annual SCIP Meeting and Workshop at Construct2015 will be held on
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
starting at 8:30am.

Who: All SCIP members


Where: Embassy Suites Hotel, 610 N. 7th Street, St. Louis, MO

THE GOAL:  Identify and document the specifications process including specific steps, milestones, and activities typically required to provide specification services. This is a study of the critical activities and interfaces with design teams to produce quality specifications for constructing facilities meeting the owner's objectives. Come ready to share your methods and develop a consensus document to define specifications best practices.   

 THE PROCESS: Dave Samuel, a professional meeting facilitator, will guide us through this collaborative process to define the SPECIFIERíS WORK PROCESS.

THE RESULT: Max Russell, a professional writer, will compile  and present the results in a technical paper for public distribution to promote the value of SCIP member specifications throughout the design and construction industry.

This year
SCIP will be hosting the meeting independently from the Convention. The starting and ending times will be similar to previous years with the business meeting, meals and breaks. We anticipate that Arkema will sponsor a special event in the evening as in past years, but it will not be confirmed until early September.

As a bonus this year, Hager Companies will host a tour of their hardware testing facility and dinner following the tour.  The tour will start at 3:30 PM Monday, September 28. CEU credit will be given for the tour. Guests and spouses are welcome to attend. Transportation will be provided.

Plan to arrive by
noon the morning before so you don't miss the tour, the business meeting with the announcements, awards, discussions, and networking in the morning, the noontime luncheon, the official group photo, and the Workshop.


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.



Photo by Randy Reifsnider


Click here for photos of attendees at SCIP annual meeting during afternoon refreshment break.

Thanks to Marilyn Smith for the great photos.

See bottom of this page for official group photo.


SCIP Booths at past CSI Conventions
Click for larger view
2012 Phoenix   2013 Nashville   2014 Baltimore


announced Service Awards to five members and three board members. Five EIEIO Awards were also issued.

Sponsor Awards were presented to three organizations that have provided outstanding services to specifiers over the past several years.
Their efforts have enhances our annual meetings and worthy of our appreciation .

Click  to view award certificates and descriptions


The new Board of Directors took office on July 1, 2014
and will serve until June 30, 2016.

President, David Stutzman
President-Elect, John Carter
Immediate Past President, David Lorenzini
Vice-President, Peter Jordan
Vice-President, Linda Stansen
Secretary, Marilyn Smith
Treasurer, Stephen Falk
Affiliate Director, Don Harris

A copy of the Secretary's official report can be downloaded here.

SCIP SPONSORS college of fellows publication

SCIP sponsored the inaugural edition of the College of Fellows History & Directory, funding the entire cost of printing the publication. The donation was approved by the membership in attendance at the Annual Meeting in Phoenix in September 2012. The SCIP logo appears on the back cover. The front cover is pictured in the panel at left.

The publication was distributed at Construct2013 in Nashville, and is available for $20 from by clicking on the image of the book on the left.

SCIP has a lawyer on call
s a member benefit, SCIP members are entitled to two free calls to LegaLine.
Read more


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.
Access the Member Database under Quick Links.

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 SCIP GROUP PHOTO at 2014 CSI Convention
Baltimore, Maryland

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