Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter

January 2015

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Happy New Year!  With the new year comes new opportunities.
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 Indianapolis Chapter CSI Newsletter Editor

Upcoming Events
Programs Committee



Indianapolis Chapter CSI Education Seminar: New 2014 Indiana Building Code

Thursday January 15, 2015 from 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM EST

The new 2014 Indiana Building Code, Fire Code, Mechanical Code and Fuel Gas Codes went into effect as of December 1, 2014. These codes adopt the 2012 International Codes with Indiana Amendments. This seminar will be a review of the significant changes with these new codes.

Willows on Westfield


Indianapolis Chapter CSI January Meeting: New 2014 Indiana Building Code

Thursday January 15, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST

The new 2014 Indiana Building Code, Fire Code, Mechanical Code and Fuel Gas Codes went into effect as of December 1, 2014. These codes adopt the 2012 International Codes with Indiana Amendments. This seminar will be a review of the significant changes with these new codes.

Willows on Westfield

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David Young AIA, CSI
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With the things we have in store, what a great month to talk about EDUCATION!  One of the great benefits of CSI and of our chapter is the great education opportunities on multiple levels.  As an architect I am required to pick up 20 continuing education units per year.  I never have any trouble doing so because of my CSI connections, and I don't have to stoop to on-line courses like acquaintances of mine do.  Although I learned later about the other benefits of CSI - the contacts, the comradery, and the networking - the original reason I joined CSI was for the educational benefits.  


The mind of him who has understanding seeks knowledge . . . . Proverbs 15:14


Of course one of your greatest benefits as a member is the monthly Chapter Meeting, which always has a program with continuing education credit attached to it.  And yet less than a third of our members attend each month.  Aside from learning something new each month, there is the fellowship and networking - and a really good meal (free! - included in your dues).  


This month you can see how our monthly program and education programs typically work - programsand education are not the same.  Our January Chapter Meeting will be back at our traditional time and location:  Third Thursday 15 January at The Willows on Westfield.  


We will have an afternoon of education seminars on the changes in the recently adopted 2014 Indiana Building Code, based on the 2012 International Building Code, by our own Scott Perez of Arxtheon.  The cost is minimal compared to similar offerings.  Our evening program is a summary of the same topic - at no cost to members.  More information and registration for both the education programs and the chapter meeting is at  Time for a plug:  If you would like to join either of these committees (or any of our 38 committees for that matter) shoot me an email at


I am reminded of the program in October 2013 where our members put together a panel discussion on large format ceramic tile.  Any one of our five panelists could have been the keynote speaker at a national convention in their industry, and we had five of them assembled for our chapter meeting.  They flew in from all over the country, and I kind of sat there and beamed at the thought of what a great chapter we have.  However, we often find that our best programs are by our own members - like this month.  We do have a cross-section of the best construction industry people in central Indiana.


One should not forget our excellent monthly institute magazine, The Specifier.  Seeing this magazine was my original impetus for joining CSI - I could see that there was a wealth of knowledge available.  I still like the hard copy, but it is now available on line as well.


And let's not forget our annual Trade Show each September - the best assemblage of tradesmen and their products, processes, and services in our area.  With our relocation to The Crane Bay in 2013 it has taken on some glitz to go with the educational benefits.  Our Trade Show has historically included continuing education seminars (pictured), and with our joint relationships with both AIA and U.S. Green Building Council we appeal to a wider audience and have gained attendees.


Anyone who has attended our national convention can attest to the high level and depth of that educational experience - both from a construction knowledge standpoint and from a personal development standpoint.  Many who attend the convention are there to learn more about serving CSI, and there are many seminars covering the various leadership roles on chapter, region, and national levels.  Our next national conference, Construct 2015, will be closer to home this year:  30 September to 3 October in St. Louis.


The newsletter you are reading, The Winners Circle, is another great source of information.  Jack Morgan's longstanding Certification Quiz each month keeps us all sharp regarding contract documents.  We will be adding a new monthly column called Legal Talk by Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP to keep us abreast of construction law issues as well.


Our next big region event is the Bi-Region Conference 7-8 May at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.  Those who attended our own Region Conference last August can attest to the high level of programming and the benefits as we get together with other Great Lakes Region chapters.  These are held yearly, and this next one is a Bi-Region conference.  Every five years we get together with a surrounding region and have a joint conference.  It will be co-hosted by the Detroit and Chicago chapters.


Another great benefit of CSI is just knowing whom to call.  Architects are supposed to be experts on everything, but that is not really possible.  What we really need to know is where to find out that information, and there is no better conduit than CSI.  The old-school way is to carry around one of the printed rosters like many of us do; however, they are out of date almost as soon as they are printed.  The slick way is to use the on-line roster.  Go to and look in the left column.  Members only!  The information is maintained on the institute database, and you would do well to check your own information.  It is only as up to date as you maintain it.


January's President's Question:  How about a simple question that you don't have to figure out something about cars or bicycles to answer?  I feel like a Hoosier after so many years, but I am not.  You have to be born here to be a real Hoosier.  


What state was I born in?     A. Illinois     B. Ohio     C.  Oklahoma     D.  Maine


Be the first to email the correct answer to with the subject heading "State" and you will receive a $20 gift certificate from  The correct answer and winner will be revealed at the January chapter meeting.  You must be present to win.




Back when you had to reserve on the chapter voice mail we were much more diligent about registering prior to noon on Monday before the chapter meeting, which is the deadline.  We must provide a headcount to The Willows, and it is difficult when people wait until the last minute to register.  We will be going back to a strict deadline starting with the February meeting.  That is, registration on line will close at noon the Monday before the chapter meeting.


On similar note, those of you on the standing reservation list will need to sign up again.  The list is closed out completely the first of every year.  We will be using the 2014 list for the January meeting.  There will be an email blast covering this, and you will need to respond before the February meeting if you wish to be on the list.


At well-attended planning sessions in August and October the Strategic Plan Committee charted our course through 2017.  The plan was then was tweaked and revised further via email, went to the board and was tweaked some more, and finally was approved by the board at their December meeting.  We will have copies on the tables at the January chapter meeting, and it is on the website.


Remember:  I am here to serve our members.  317.777.0855 cell

Please feel free to share any suggestions, complaints, or needs regarding our chapter - or especially if you wish to volunteer for any of our committees.  I already owe thanks to so many for their advice, guidance, and contributions.  We are such a great chapter because so many help in their own way.


CSI Indianapolis Chapter . . .          UNITING, CONNECTING, BUILDING . . .





David Young AIA, CSI

2014-2015 Indianapolis Chapter CSI President 

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The Indianapolis Chapter CSI has entered into a new phase of the digital communication era, and now has a dedicated YouTube Channel for the benefit of our membership.

Be sure to check out this month's update. 

Certification Quiz
Jack Morgan - Quizmaster 


1. Which of the following is not a construction schedule milestone?

a. Submittal approval

b. Project delivery and team selection processes

c. Procurement (bidding/negotiating/purchasing) activities

d. Contract completion

2. Which of the following is not a management expertise that contractors bring to the project delivery process?

a. Knowledge of factors that influence cost, time, and quality

b. Identifying codes and regulations applicable to the design

c. Ability to manage multiple subcontractors and suppliers

d. Experience with managing a construction budget in a risk-based setting

3. It is important for the long term success of the facility's operations and maintenance that project closeout activities include all the following except:

a. Start-up and load testing

b. Receipt of final punch list

c. Demonstration for new operators

d. Operational training if necessary

e. Commissioning

4. The responsibility of inspecting work already performed for proper condition to receive subsequent work lies with the:

a. Owner

b. A/E

c. Contractor

d. Subcontractor

5. Which two types of bonds might be used during construction?

a. Construction bond

b. Bid bond

c. Performance bond

d. Adhesive bond




Answers located at the end of this newsletter....


Table Tops

Kent Hughes

Indianapolis Chapter CSI


 The Indianapolis Chapter of CSI is accepting reservations for Table Tops for upcoming Chapter meetings. The list of programs for upcoming Chapter meetings is published in this newsletter, the web site, or contact Program chairman Jeremy Hoffman - , if you would like to target a particular meeting, be sure to make your reservation early. We do have a limit of four spaces available for Table Tops in a standard meeting room and 10 if we have a double room.


Table Tops are an opportunity to promote your company, products, or services to all attendees of our regular chapter meeting during the social hour. There is a maximum of 20 minutes for Table Top presentation at a regular Chapter meeting. You have the floor for maximum of five minutes after dinner before the speaker to communicate to the entire group if there are four presenters. If there is a greater demand, the 20 minutes will be divided by the number of presenters and rounded down to the nearest 30 seconds.


The Table Top presentations are FREE, one time, to new members, and cost current Indianapolis Chapter members only $75. Non-members get the same opportunity for $125. A 30 by 60 table with a cover and skit will be included. All proceeds go to support the Chapter. Payment is due at the time of setup.

Another opportunity for a Table Top is during an Education Seminar. The cost is if you combine it with the Chapter meeting and Education Seminar the cost would be $100 for current members and $150 for non-members.

If you would like to schedule a Table Top for a future meeting or seminar, contact:


Kent A. Hughes RA CDT - American Structurepoint - 317.690.5820


Be sure to put 'Table Top Request in the subject line

CSI Bi-Region Conference
Chicago 2015

CSI Bi-Region Conference Coming to Chicago

Hosts Northern Illinois and Chicago Chapters will welcome 29 chapters and their leaders from the North Central and Great Lakes regions for the 2015 Bi-Region Conference.

The Chicago Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, with its spectacular views of the river and city skyline, will serve as the venue.  Its location in River North, next to the Merchandise Mart is convenient to transportation, sightseeing, dining and the best of Chicago.  

For those traveling to Chicago, the host committee has negotiated rooms at the extraordinary value of $139 per night.  For our CSI Chicago and Northern Illinois members, colleagues, companions and other welcome attendees, the accessibility and ease of participation is unmatched.  

This conference will offer:

  • Leadership training for chapter officers

  • Technical continuing education seminars open to conference attendees and Chicagoland design and construction professionals

  • Sponsorships/Partnerships to increase visibility with CSI members and the Chicago architectural community

  • Product show for manufacturers to showcase their products to CSI Bi-Region members and Chicago design professionals

  • President-elect training for chapters

  • Technical Tours

  • Companion Events

  • Architectural Boat Cruise for Conference Attendees

  • Region awards banquet

More information, sponsorship opportunities and hotel reservations are available on the conference website:


Elias Saltz, CSI,

Dewain Peterson, CSI,


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Time to brush up on your resume?

2014, Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC  

It's been ten years since my firm took the plunge and began moving from AutoCAD to Revit. There was a lot of behind-the-scenes research and discussion in the preceding year, after which a test team was assembled and trained. A real project was selected for live-fire testing, and we were on the way. About two years later, we did our first all-discipline project. In the next two years, the entire production staff received a full week of training. By the time the economy collapsed in 2008, Revit was our primary program, and today, it is used for virtually all of our work.


When the decision was made to commit to Revit, a few of our users made a presentation to the rest of the office, showing some of BIM's capabilities. Many of those who watched were impressed by a simple demonstration that showed simultaneously a plan, an elevation, and an isometric view of part of a model. The presenter showed that moving a door in any one of the views changed the other views in real time.  


As I watched, I remember thinking, "Someone is going to be out of a job." It should be no secret that, as firms become more familiar and more efficient in their use of BIM software, they will no longer need those people who formerly translated the changes made on one drawing to related parts of other drawings. From there, it's not difficult to imagine a program, or a collection of integrated programs, that would allow a single designer to operate without any support staff. Carry that thought a bit further, and it is quite possible to do away with structural, mechanical, and electrical engineers.


We all like to think we're essential, but computers and automation have been putting people out of work for a long time, and it seems the rate is increasing. And, even though many people accept this as fact, it's common for them to believe that their jobs are safe. But are they?


Nearly anything that is repetitious is now done by machines, controlled by computers. Entire factories now require only a few humans to watch the process, and even their jobs are in danger. It's interesting that many of the jobs left to humans are basic services, or manual jobs that are too varied or complex for computers - at least for the moment. In high school, I worked in a Ward's warehouse, a huge building full of thousands of products. At the time, it would have been difficult to conceive of a way that machines could find, select, and deliver those products as well as a human. To see how even these jobs are being replaced, watch this video about Amazon's new warehouse: The only humans still at work are stuffing shipping boxes, something a computer will probably be able to do within a couple of years.


Some people argue that all of this automation frees us from menial work, and will allow us to pursue more interesting work. That may be true, but in most cases, the people put out of work cannot simply move on to a job that requires more education and experience. That's clear in the case of those who work in warehouses or factories, but it's also true of people with years of college education and experience. Will the staff architect move on to become a programmer for AutoDesk? Possibly, but not without more education.


The problem is, computers are not limited to simple jobs. If you can define how to do something, you can program a computer to do the same thing. Watching robots in an assembly line, it's clear they can perform complex operations. And while computers and robots once were built to do just a few things, current models can be reprogrammed as required for different jobs, and some now are able to learn and reprogram themselves.

What about your job? We talked about staff architects already, but what about engineers? They already rely on computers to do all the calculations that were done manually many years ago. Don't you think it's possible for a computer to analyze a BIM model, evaluate various structural systems, and choose the one that's best for the project? Couldn't the computer also be able to compare several HVAC systems, plumbing designs, and electrical options, and choose the best? Someone may have to tell the computer if cost or performance is more important, but even that decision could be automated. Hardware specifiers amaze me with all they know, but again, if you can describe how they decide which hardware to use, a computer can do the same thing - and it can be done in the architect's office.


Surely, there is no way to completely eliminate architects! Don't be too sure. Early in October, I watched an interesting video ( that discussed the possibility of a computer completely designing a building based on program requirements, site conditions, and building codes. I'm sure architects will object, saying there's no way a machine could infuse the building with the subtle expression and style that could come only from a human. Well, maybe, except that the majority of buildings don't have much style, or have a style that strongly suggests use of a cookie cutter. Throw in some of that innovative design that is indistinguishable from the aftermath of a tornado, and I'm not sure architects we would know if a building had been designed by an architect or by a computer. Furthermore, I suspect that the program could contain several recognized style options, so a given building could resemble Gothic, Romanesque, Chicago, Art Deco, Postmodern, or any of the Revivals.

What about construction workers? In the past, everything was done in the field, but more and more work is moving into factories. Modular construction further reduces the need for on-site workers, and 3D printing may eliminate more. With the right information, we won't need estimators or schedulers, and driverless trucks are in our future. Sensors on building components and maintenance items will tell computers what needs to be done, and robots will do it.


The bottom line is - the bottom line. Companies don't exist to hire people; they exist to make money for their owners. At first glance, robots look expensive, but if a robot costs $25,000 and must be replaced after two years, the cost works out to about $6.00 per hour - if it works only eight hours a day. No one knows how all this will play out, but it's sure to be interesting.


So maybe it's time to update your resume - or have a computer do it for you.


2014, Sheldon Wolfe, RA, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, CSC

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