New SIA CAD Symbol Standard Now Available

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This standards document is published by the Security Industry Association (SIA) and was developed and adopted by a consensus of industry volunteers in accordance with SIA's standards development policies and procedures. It is intended to facilitate product compatibility and interchangeability in order to reduce misunderstandings between implementers and other parties, as well as to assist purchasers in obtaining the proper products to fulfill their particular needs. For more details, contact Mia Smith, SIA Manager of Standards at or (301) 804-4727.
SIA member price is $50; non-member price, $275. However, security consultant and engineering firms may join SIA at the special rate of $250 and receive the CAD Symbols standard at no additional charge.
Through SIA Membership, A&E and security consulting firms have the best opportunity to understand emerging technologies in security products and services. This directly impacts design elements and how security solutions can be part of the overall construction design plans. Further, SIA continues working in the area of industry standards (AG-01 being the latest) and professional training to educate architects, engineers and design professionals.
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Division 28 Update

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SecuritySpecifiers and the Security Industry Association (SIA) have taken the lead in working with the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) to recommend updates for the 2016 MasterFormat, to be issued in Q1 2016. MasterFormat is CSI's master list of titles and numbers used to organize specifications and other project information for most commercial building design and construction projects in North America. Recommended changes primarily affect MasterFormat Division 28, Electronic Safety and Security, but other divisions are also impacted. Nearly 100 volunteers - consultants, integrators, manufacturers, have been somehow involved in this effort. CSI has approved our recommendations. SIA will maintain the Division 28 Update Committee going forward as a vehicle for making future recommendations.
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SIA Honors SecuritySpecifiers Founder

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The Security Industry Association (SIA) will present the Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award to Ray Coulombe of SecuritySpecifiers at SIA Honors Night on Nov. 18, 2015, at The Current at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Mr. Coulombe will receive the award for his work in increasing collaboration between SIA and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).
'Ray Coulombe is very deserving of this recognition,' said SIA CEO Don Erickson.
'Ray was an incredible volunteer and leader on SIA's successful project to update Division 28 of the Construction Specifications Institute MasterFormat, which was a project that involved dozens of volunteers, many of whom participated at Ray's personal invitation. Ray's efforts through this project also established a partnership with CSI itself.'
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Today's Featured Consultant - 11/27/2015

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Michael Michalski
Professional Systems Engineering LLC

Mr. Michalski has served on many large-scale county, multi-phase projects for juvenile and adult detention centers, correctional facilities, jails, and justice/court facilities. He has led infrastructure design for systems including security, telecommunications, fire alarm, lighting systems, acoustics, noise vibration control, and networks for high-performance institutional projects, and transportation projects including Category X Airports, zoos, museums, and international pharmaceutical firms. His excellent track record for economically and responsibly accommodating future technologies, completing projects on-schedule and within budget is attained by executing exacting client deliverables and clear client communications. Mr. Michalski's specialties include project management and complex building protective systems designs and their complete integration. In 2008, Mr. Michalski won an award for the electrical and system engineering of the Philadelphia Zoo by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers.

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