Monday, September 12, 2005

RedVector Partners with the National Association of Women in Construction Education Foundation

RedVector.com, the leading provider of online continuing education for design and construction professionals, has formed a partnership with the National Association of Women in Construction Education Foundation (NEF), the leading educational organization for women involved in the construction industry.

Through the partnership, members of the National Association of Women in Construction, and other construction organizations served by NEF, will have access to hundreds of courses on virtually every construction-related profession. Categories of courses offered will include those focused on technical, management, and professional/personal development topics.

"The NAWIC Education Foundation (NEF) is committed to providing and promoting educational opportunities and programs to benefit the construction industry,” said NEF Executive Director Darlene Johnson. “Our objective is to provide the best available educational opportunities for the Construction Professionals' advantage. The introduction of new technologies has created more cost-effective construction, and through our Partnering Agreement with RedVector, more industry related programs will be readily available through NEF to upgrade the skills and knowledge of those employed in the industry. NEF is pleased to begin this new partnership.”

"Women are a vital and growing force in the construction industry, “said RedVector Vice President of Content Development, Victoria Zambito. “By partnering with NEF we can help almost a million women who work in the construction industry meet their continuing education needs.”

NAWIC has a membership of 5,800 with close to 200 chapters in almost every U.S. state and two Canadian provinces. NAWIC has advanced the causes of all women in construction, whose careers span business ownership to the skilled trades. The NAWIC Education Foundation (NEF), founded in 1972, serves the construction industry by developing construction-related education programs. For more information, visit www.NAWICEducation.org

RedVector (www.RedVector.com) provides online continuing education services to more than 50,000 licensed professionals, including Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Landscape Architects, Land Surveyors and others involved in design and construction.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Landscape Architects Can Now Use RedVector.com To Take Florida’s Advanced Building Code Course Online

RedVector, the leading provider of online education for the design and construction industry, is now the only provider offering an approved online course needed by all licensed Florida landscape architects.The Florida Building Commission recently approved the new 2-hour course, Florida Building Code Advanced ’04: Indoor Environmental Quality Overview, in an online format to count towards advanced code requirements.

The Florida Board of Landscape Architects approved the course for its licensees, enabling landscape architects to meet all of their continuing education requirements online. The upcoming November Florida landscape architect license renewal deadline is the first renewal cycle in which licensees must complete a 2-hour advanced code course as part of their 16 hour continuing education requirement.

"The approval of this online course is the result of many months of work by RedVector's team of content experts," said RedVector Vice President of Content Development, Victoria Zambito. "We are excited to be the first provider to offer an advanced module of the Florida Building Code online. This will help many professionals save time and money."

The new course is also featured in two new discount packages available for Florida Landscape Architects – a 16 hour package that satisfies all requirements, and an 8 hour package for those who need fewer hours.

16Hour Discount Package for Florida Landscape Architect - Save 15%Contains the following online courses:
ADA Guidelines: Accessible Routes (2 hours)
ADA Guidelines: General Site and Building Elements 1 hour)
ADA Guidelines: Recreation Facilities (2 hours)
Alternative Dispute Resolution - Arbitration & Mediation (3 hours)
Florida Building Code Advanced '04: Indoor Environmental Quality Overview (2 hours)
Flood Mitigation and Special Flood Hazard Areas (4 hours)
Florida Landscape Architects' Laws, Chapter 481 Florida Statutes(2 hours)

8 Hour Discount Package for Florida Landscape Architects - Save 10% Contains the following online courses:
ADA Guidelines: Accessible Routes (2 hours)
ADA Guidelines: Recreation Facilities (2 hours)
Florida Building Code Advanced '04: Indoor Environmental Quality Overview(2 hours)
Florida Landscape Architects' Laws, Chapter 481 Florida Statutes(2 hours)

RedVector.com offers online courses to professionals involved in the design and construction industries. For more information contact 800-877-5159 or visit http://www.RedVector.com

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

ASME Study Identifies Six Engineering Trends

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers issued a new report, "Six Strategic Issues Shaping the Global Future of Mechanical Engineering," conducted by the Institute for Alternative Futures and supervised by ASME's Strategic Issues, Opportunities and Knowledge Committee.The report identified six strategic issues of concern to engineers:

  • Global harmonization of standards
  • Technology innovation networks, or clusters
  • Applying the "systems thinking" concept. Seeing the "big picture" of a project and not just one's own part of it - to achieve greater resource productivity
  • Attracting and educating tomorrow's engineers
  • Collaborative learning communities
  • Biotechnology and bioengineering

To read more visit the ASME Web site at www.ASME.org

RedVector trend spotters have also been watching engineers. Here are the six most popular courses purchased by engineers so far this year:

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Florida Department of Transportation Selects RedVector.com

RedVector.com, Inc., a provider of e-learning solutions to the design and construction industry, has been named by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to manage the administration of the Department’s Construction Training Qualification Program (CTQP) (www.ctqpflorida.com).

CTQP is an industry-funded, self sustaining program through which construction contractors and consultant engineers and technicians contracting to do work for FDOT can receive training and become qualified to test materials to improve the quality of Florida’s roads. The program offers training/qualifications in aggregates, asphalt, concrete, earthwork, geo-technical, structures and management in order to comply with the Federal Highway Administration Quality Assurance Procedures for Construction requirement: (CFR) 637.2070.

As sole administrator for the program, RedVector.com will maintain and streamline the CTQP database to track the qualification data related to courses and technicians and operate the website that provides the information necessary to support inquiries from trainees, employers and FDOT management. In addition, RedVector will be responsible for distributing and grading of trainee exams, maintaining and storing records, and distributing course material to qualified CTQP Training Providers.

Mike Vandall, Vice President of Enterprise Services for RedVector.com, states, “The selection of RedVector.com as the administrator of CTQP allows market forces to ultimately reduce training costs and improve results, and helps FDOT and their subcontractors focus on doing what they do best: building and maintaining Florida’s state roadways.”

The Florida DOT is one of the State of Florida’s largest agencies with a $6 billion budget and more than 7,400 employees. The department oversees more than 12,000 miles of state highway system, 750 aviation facilities, 14 seaports, and more than 2,800 miles of railway miles. For more information visit them on the web at www.dot.state.fl.us .

RedVector (www.RedVector.com) provides e-learning professional development, content creation, tracking and database solutions to the design and construction industry. RedVector has helped over 60,000 professionals including engineers, architects, interior designers, contractors, landscape architects and land surveyors maintain their licensure requirements with over 140 different state boards and organizations through its e-learning library of over 800 e-learning courses.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

RedVector Partners With ConstructionJournal.com

RedVector.com, the leading provider of online continuing education for design and construction professionals, has formed a partnership with ConstructionJournal.com, a leading provider of project information for AEC professionals. Through the partnership, visitors to the ConstructionJournal.com site will have access to hundreds of construction-related online courses, including technical, management, and professional/personal development courses.

RedVector construction professionals will also gain information on Construction Journal project information services.”ConstructionJournal.com is a leading provider of project information to many of the same construction and design professionals served by RedVector.com,” said Lisa Maier, Senior Vice President of Marketing for RedVector.com. “By partnering with ConstructionJournal.com, we can help AEC professionals advance their careers by meeting their continuing education and professional development needs. Through this partnership, we can also offer our clients with a valuable new service by notifying them of upcoming projects they may be interested in bidding on.”

Construction Journal (www.ConstructionJournal.com) provides comprehensive, accurate and timely Information on Construction Projects from the early planning stages through the bidding process to the project award. Real-time updates provide subscribers with the most current information available. Developers, Construction Managers, General

Contractors, Subcontractors, Suppliers, Architects, Engineers and many other industry professionals use Construction Journal every day to identify relevant projects.
RedVector (www.RedVector.com) provides online continuing education services to more than 60,000 licensed professionals, including Contractors, Engineers, Architects, Interior Designers, Landscape Architects, Land Surveyors and others involved in the design and construction industry.

Companies, organizations, publications and educational institutions involved in the AEC industry can learn more about partnering with RedVector.com at http://www.RedVector.com/Partnerships

Thursday, July 28, 2005

RedVector.com Partners With SurveyingZone.com

RedVector.com Partners With SurveyingZone.comRedVector.com, the leading provider of online continuing education for design and construction professionals, has formed a partnership with the SurveyingZone.com, a leading web site dedicated to the needs of the surveying and mapping community.

Through the partnership, visitors to www.SurveyingZone.com will have access to numerous courses for professional land surveyors. courses offered will include those focused on technical, management, and professional/personal development.

”SurveyingZone.com is an important resource for surveying industry, “said Lisa Maier, Senior Vice President of Marketing for RedVector.com. “By partnering with SurveyingZone.com, we can help thousands of surveyors advance their careers by meeting their continuing education and professional needs.”

SurveyingZone.com was founded in 2003 and offers online job matching, community bulletin boards, educational resources, and much more.RedVector (http://www.redvector.com/) provides online continuing education services to more than 60,000 licensed professionals, including Land Surveyors, Interior Designers, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Landscape Architects and others involved in design and construction industry.

Companies, organizations, publications and educational institutions involved in the AEC industry can learn more about partnering with RedVector.com at http://www.RedVector.com/Partnerships

RedVector Partners With Dezignaré Interior Design Collective, Inc.

RedVector.com, the leading provider of online continuing education for design and construction professionals, has formed a partnership with the Dezignaré Interior Design Collective, Inc., the leading online directory for the Interior Design profession.

Through the partnership, visitors to www.dezignare.com will have access to hundreds of design-related online courses, including technical, management, and professional/personal development courses.”Dezignare.com is a vital resource for the interior design industry,“said Lisa Maier, Senior Vice President of Marketing for RedVector.com. “By partnering with Dezignaré, we can help thousands of interior designers advance their careers by meeting their continuing education and professional development needs.”

Dezignaré Interior Design Collective, was established in 1998 for the primary purpose of highlighting the education and expertise of interior designers and for promoting their unique services. Dezignaré offers a wide variety of educational and professional resources for interior designers.

RedVector (http://www.redvector.com/) provides online continuing education services to more than 60,000 licensed professionals, including Interior Designers, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Landscape Architects, Land Surveyors and others involved in the design and construction industry.Companies, organizations, publications and educational institutions involved in the AEC industry can learn more about partnering with RedVector.com at http://www.RedVector.com/Partnerships

Monday, July 11, 2005

Why Some Mediations Fail

While most mediations result in a settlement, some do not. A major cause of a failed mediation is that the participants approach mediation as informal, adversarial litigation. A party or attorney acting in this manner will address his or her remarks solely to the mediator, as if the mediator were a judge. Despite the mediator's efforts, the party refuses to have a dialogue with the opposing party and does not make a good faith effort to engage in settlement discussions. The mediation fails because the mediation process has never actually begun.
Read the full article by Allan H. Goodman at
Why Some Mediations Fail

Related Courses
Construction Mediation: An Introduction - Beginner
Construction Mediation: Participating Effectively as a Party - Intermediate
Construction Mediation: Participating Effectively as a Party - Advanced

90 Billion In School Construction Is Needed By 2006

90 Billion In School Construction Is Needed By 2006 Forty-five percent of the country's schools were built between 1950 and 1969 and will soon need to be replaced, according to an article by Jeff Yoders in Building Design and Construction magazine. The article cites 2005-2008 K-12 School Market for Design & Construction Firms, published by ZweigWhite, a Massachusetts-based market-research firm, which also reports that almost 30 percent of U.S. schools were built before 1950 and need major modernization.

American School & University magazine estimates $89.8 billion in K-12 construction will be completed by 2006. Of that, $56.9 billion will be new work, according to the BD&C article. "It's definitely one of the stronger markets we've seen for firms, with Florida and California leading the way," said Christopher Klein, managing editor of the report and a ZweigWhite principal. "Of the 25 different market sectors we rank in our annual AEC industry outlook, [schools] ranked just behind healthcare and higher education in the top three."

Read the full article: Education's Big Upgrade

RedVector's School Construction Related Courses include:
Mold Remediation in Schools & Commercial Buildings
ADA Guidelines: Recreation Facilities