The New Jersey Revit Users Group is pleased to announce the creation of NJ-RUG and would like to extend an open invitation to our monthly meetings. Our mission and purpose is to create the right conditions for NJ AEC Professionals to learn about Revit / BIM and increase the adoption of BIM across our industry.
The NJ-RUG meetings will focus on the holistic lifecycle of the BIM process; from pre-construction all the way through facility management. Discussions will focus on user training and development, new technology, and applications as they relate to Revit and interoperable programs.
Come to our next event and meet with local AEC professionals to collaborate and discuss the use and implementation of Revit / BIM. All Revit user levels are welcome and we also want to encourage attendance and participation from senior architects and project managers.
The Auditorium at DLB Associates, 265 Industrial Way Eatontown, NJ 07724
View our Calendar Online: http://www.meetup.com/NJ-RUG
Direct Contact: Lee Kopsaftis – LKopsaftis@DLBAssociates.com
Anyone interested in the worlds of architecture and design won’t want to miss the upcoming, free annual AIANJ Fall Symposium in Weston Hall, Summit and Warren streets, home of NJIT’sCollege of Architecture and Design (COAD). The event, set for March 6, 2013 from 4- 8 p.m. is a wonderful opportunity to hear fascinating debates among seasoned architects, designers and educators as they discuss questions like what is smart design while examining the ongoing technological transformation of the design disciplines.
The event should be easy to reach either via public transportation on NJ Transit Electric Light Rail (NJIT/Warren Street Station) or by car. Street parking should be available. Food may be purchased from vendors in the NJIT Campus Center.
“It is generally accepted that the history of innovation has relied heavily on technological advancements of the military,” explained event co-organizer Rhett Russo, associate professor at COAD. “However, equally significant contributions also belong to the history of architecture. The material procurement, maritime transport of stone, surveying and machinery necessary to build the great pyramids, as well many other significant structures, relies upon a robust network of distributed Intelligence, that seeks to overcome the lack of knowledge, time, space, and tools that are commonly available.”
Another question to be discussed: What constitutes design?
“Design has expanded exponentially at both ends of the spectrum,” said Matt Burgermaster, event co-organizer and assistant professor at COAD. “Design redefines both the large and the small to reveal unprecedented opportunities for innovation ranging from the global to the Nano-scale. How are architects and designers situating their work within these distribution networks? How do they innovate in this context? How have new approaches to business and logistics altered the way they conceptualize, construct and interact with our environment. These are some of the questions we will pose and hopefully answer.”
Speakers include the following COAD faculty members: Professor Glenn Goldman, FAIA + IIDA, Director, COAD School of Art and Design; Associate professors Keith Krumwiede and Richard Garber; Assistant professors Martina Decker, Taro Narahara, Jesse LeCavalier, Brooks Atwood and Andrzej Zarzycki.
March 6, 4:00pm – 8:00 pm
NJIT School of Architecture, Weston Lecture Hall
4 AIA CEU LU/SD/HSW
Please RSVP – (973_ 596-3080
TRENTON, N.J. (February 21, 2013) — Kurt M. Kalafsky, AIA, a member of AIA Jersey Shore, was recently appointed to the Resolutions Committee of the National Board of the American Institute of Architects.
Kalafsky, of The Aztec Corporation/Aztec Architects LLC of Iselin, N.J., has been a member of AIA-NJ since 1993 and of AIA-NJ’s Jersey Shore section since 1997. He served as secretary of AIA-NJ in 2010-2011, vice president of AIA-NJ in 2012 and is currently the 2013 president-elect. He has also chaired AIA-NJ’s Codes and Standards Committee for four years. Mr. Kalafsky’s term on the Resolutions Committee will commence immediately and continue through December 31, 2015.
As a member of the AIA Resolutions Committee he will work with the cosponsors of resolutions received in accordance with the Institute’s schedule and regulations to try to combine similar resolutions developing substitute resolutions acceptable to each such cosponsor; the Committee may also edit resolutions for grammar and clarity and conformity to form. All resolutions approved by the Resolutions Committee for consideration at the convention are forwarded the Institute Secretary who then transmits them to all components of the Institute.
“I am greatly honored to be given the opportunity to give back to my profession and to the Institute on both a state and national scale.” Kalafsky said.
Mr. Kalafsky is one of the original founders and Chief Technology Officer of The Aztec Corporation and Aztec Architects, LLC. He is a Registered Architect in twenty eight states and the District of Columbia. His 30 years of practical experience has created breadth of knowledge and performance in the research and development of digital mediums in corporate office interiors and base building architecture. Mr. Kalafsky researches the latest technology in both hardware and software for new advancements in the CADD/BIM Industry to develop ways to service Aztec’s clients more effectively and efficiently.
An open letter from Edward M. Smith, Director, State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards
Dear Construction Officials and Electrical Subcode Officials:
As you may be aware, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has pulled its listing of all fire resistive cable, including listings for electrical circuit protective systems using fire resistive cable. I am writing to offer guidance on how to handle the withdrawal of these listings based on the information available.
Currently, UL still is investigating how and whether these products fail to perform and under what circumstances. We will continue to monitor this investigation closely and we will provide updated information and instructions as warranted. For now, code officials are advised to follow the below guidance:
Existing installations in any building or project for which a certificate of occupancy has been issued regardless of its age should be left as is. There is no recall or retrofit at this point in time.
For projects for which permits have been issued, but for which no certificate of occupancy has been issued, and for projects for which permit applications have been received, but for which no permit has been issued, the project should be allowed to proceed with the use of the product since the product was listed at the time of permit application. However, the applicant and the owner, if other than the applicant, should be given a copy of the enclosed notice informing them of the current situation and allowing them to make decisions based upon what is known at this time.
Projects for which applications are filed after today’s date cannot use a product for which there is no listing. In these cases, an alternate method of compliance must be used to achieve required fire rating.
Should you have any questions or need any further information, please feel free to contact our Code Assistance Unit at (609) 292-7899 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sincerely,Edward M. Smith
TAKE NOTICE THAT UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES (UL) HAS WITHDRAWN ITS LISTING OF ALL FIRE RESISTIVE CABLE, INCLUDING ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT PROTECTIVE SYSTEMS USING FIRE RESISTVE CABLE. UL IS CONTINUING ITS INVESTIGATION INTO THE PERFORMANCE OF THESE PRODUCTS. PROJECTS FOR WHICH PERMITS HAVE BEEN ISSUED MAY CONTINUE. BE ADVISED THAT, DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDING THE PERFORMANCE OF THESE PRODUCTS, APPLICANTS INSTALL THESE PRODUCTS AT THEIR OWN RISK. BELOW PLEASE FIND A LINK TO INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY UL WHICH MAY AIDE IN DECIDING HOW TO PROCEED.
Information on the UL announcement may be found at the below link: