Glossary of CSI CDT Exam

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In a Design/Build project, there is a contractual relationship established between:
The Owner and single party, Typically a Contractor associated with an A/E

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For the Public sector, Which method is normally followed for the award of a contract?
Competitive Bidding

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The Construction Manager is normally hired by?
The Owner

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The form of contract usually most difficult to administer during construction is:
Multiple Prime Contracts
In the Single-Prime contract situation the Owner does not have a contractual relationship with which of the following
In which phase are the specifications produced?
Design Phase - Construction Documents

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Whose responsibility is it to produce the shop drawings?
The Contractor

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Which organizational system is used in the preliminary stages of a project?
Who developed the first formal UniFormat?
The AIA and The CSI
Whose responsibility is the maintenance of the revised UniFormat?
The CSC and The CSI
When is the CSI/CSC UniFormat used?
In the planning stage of a project
When is the MasterFormat used?
When organization of detailed construction is required on the basis of materials or methods
How many Divisions are found within the MasterFormat System?
What would be an example of data filing with the MasterFormat System?
Product literature,
Sweet’s Catalog,
What information is found within Division 13 in the MasterFormat System?
Special Construction
What are the three parts of the SectionFormat?
General, Products and Execution
In what part of the SectionFormat is found information on submittals?
Part 1, General
The third part of the Three-Part Section Format is:
MasterFormat is organized in such a way that a specification section could be written at:
One of four levels of complexity
13. Under PART 3, EXECUTION, all of these statements apply EXCEPT:

A. Include paragraphs requiring the Contractor to verify surfaces free of defects that would result in poor applications
B. Include statements concerning preparation as pr
D. Include test of products prior to installation
MasterFormat is based on:
A five-digit numbering system
All of the following should be included in “Project/Site Conditions” EXCEPT:

A. Existing conditions that affect the application of other materials
B. Protection of materials delivered to the site
C. Limitations such as temperature
B. Protection of materials delivered to the site
All of the following are articles in PART 1, GENERAL EXCEPT:

A. References
B. Submittals
C. Source Quality Control
D. Sequencing and Scheduling
C. Source Quality Control
Division numbers are fixed, but specification section numbers and titles:
Are fixed for level two and three sections but can be individually selected for level four sections
An example of a level four section is:
05215 Open Web Steel Joists
Section 06220 Millwork would be considered a:
Level three section
The document recommended to organize preliminary construction information into a standard order on the basis of elements or systems is:
The bidding requirements are:
A part of the construction documents, but not the contract documents, and
A part of the project manual
Bidding documents are:
Defined as all the construction documents issued to bidders before the signing of an owner – contractor agreement
EJCDC 1910-16 is a document which:
Suggests the primary location for specific information in the construction documents
The Bidding Requirements include:
The instruction to bidders, the invitation to bid and the bid form.
The Contract Documents include:
The general conditions, the drawings and addenda
The Contract Forms include:
The Agreement
The performance and payment bonds
The certificates
The Conditions of the Contract include:
The General Conditions
The Supplementary Conditions
Addenda are:
Changes to the contract documents before the agreement is signed
The Project Manual Concept
Provides an organizational format and standard location for all documents involved
What are the three components of project design team coordination?
Organization, Execution and Quality Assurance
The general clauses that establish how the project is to be administered are known as:
General Conditions
On most projects, all of the following are principal entities EXCEPT:

A. Contractor
B. Owner
C. Electrical Consultant
D. Architect/Engineer
C. Electrical Consultant
For engineering projects, an Architect serves as a consultant to the Engineer:
In 1964, the term “Project Manual” was introduced by the:
American Institute of Architects
As part of the ________________, the Agreement is considered a Contract Document:
Contract Forms
The Bidding Documents include all of the following EXCEPT:

A. Bidding Requirements
B. Contract Modifications
C. Project Manual
D. Drawings
E. Addenda
B. Contract Modifications
Project specifications should be directed to which of the following:
The Contractor
The term “Contract Documents” typically includes
Contract Forms
Project specifications should be directed to whom?
The Contractor
The term “Contract Documents” typically includes:

A. Contract Forms
B. Drawings
C. Specifications
D. All of the above
D. All of the above
What are the necessary parts of a construction contract?

A. Identification of the parties and the parties make a promise that constitutes an offer
B. Both parties sign the contract indicating they understand and agree
C. Both parties
D. All of the above
The construction agreement is:
Part of the contract documents which defines the relationships and obligations that exist between the owner and contractor
Which best describes the tripartite relationship of the Owner, the Contractor and the Architect/Engineer?

A. The Owner has a contact with the Architect/Engineer who has a contact with the Contractor
B. The Owner has a contract with the Co
C. The Contractor has a contract with the Owner who also has a contract with the Architect/Engineer
Who is responsible for the technical sufficiency of the design and construction documents?
The Architect/Engineer
In Competitive Bidding
Bidding is open to any bidder demonstrating the financial ability to perform the work
The Single Prime Contract
Is the most common form of construction contract
In the Multiple Prime Contract
The Architect/Engineer will prepare a separate set of bidding documents for each contract
When the Owner has the Architect/Engineer “within house”:
The construction contract type is called “owner – builder”
Lump Sum Contracts:
Are the simplest method of stating the cost of an entire contract
The construction contracts are the contracts between the
Owner and the Contractor
A disadvantage of using standardized agreement forms is:
May not meet specific project requirements
The Agreement:
Defines relationships and obligations between the Owner and Contractor
The contractual relationship governed by the Conditions of the Contract is between:
Owner and Contractor
What contract type is usually the simplest type of construction contract to administer?
The Construction Manager is normally hired by:
The Owner
The form of contract usually most difficult to administer during construction is
Multiple prime contracts
In the single-prime contract situation, the Owner does not have a contractual relationship with whom?
Multiple-prime contracts are normally a part of:
Phased Construction
Typically, a Construction Manager is hired by the Owner to:
Oversee and administer the construction
A cost-plus-fee may include:
Cost of material plus an additional fee for overhead and profit
A guaranteed maximum price
Shared savings
Incentives for early completion
The objective of the competitive bidding process is:
To ensure that the cost of the project is reasonable and consistent with the prevailing conditions in the construction industry
A unit price contract is used when:
Extent of work cannot be fully determined or where actual quantities cannot be accurately calculated
All of the following are correct concerning the Bid Form EXCEPT:

A. A document prepared in the form of information from the bidder to the Owner
B. It is always a part of the Contract Documents
C. It is prepared to assure a uniform ar
B. It is always a part of the Contract Documents
The purpose of the Invitation to Bid is to:
Attract qualified bidders,

Meet legal requirements on publicly bid projects
Criteria for setting the date for submission of bids should include all of the following EXCEPT:

A. Time for settlement of questions and discrepancies
B. Time required to process requests for approvals of substitutions
C. Time for th
C. Time for the Owner to review the qualifications of the subcontractors
Which of the following would be appropriate to be included in the “Information Available to Bidders”?

A. Bid security information
B. Geo-technical data
C. Time of completion to construct the project
D. Description of the Work
B. Geo-technical data
The Invitation to Bid/Advertisement for Bid includes all of the following EXCEPT:

A. Right to reject bids and governing laws and regulations
B. Bid opening date, time and location
C. Details concerning bid security requirements
C. Details concerning bid security requirements
Sufficient information should be contained in the Bidding Documents to enable bidders to do all of the following EXCEPT:

A. Comply with required bidding procedure
B. Determine that the project meets all building codes
C. Understand b
B. Determine that the project meets all building codes
During the bidding process:
The bidder should be allowed to withdraw his bid before the specified time for receipt of bids.
General Conditions and Supplementary Conditions make up the
Conditions of the Contract
All of the following are true regarding the General Conditions EXCEPT:

A. Contains specific administrative and procedural requirements
B. Are broad contractual conditions
C. Contain the contracts
D. Normally remain constant from
A. Contains specific administrative and procedural requirements
Which of the following is considered as part of the specifications?

A. General Conditions
B. Supplementary Conditions
C. Division 1
D. Bidding Requirements
C. Division 1
Supplementary Conditions:
Modify General Conditions to suit specific project requirements
All of the following subjects are usually included in Supplementary Conditions EXCEPT:

A. Insurance requirements
B. Liquidated damages
C. Tax exempt status of Owner
D. Submittal requirements
D. Submittal requirements
Published General Conditions prepared by professional societies should:
Have original bound into Project Manual
The General Conditions of the Contract for Construction apply to the contractual relationship between:
Owner and Contractor
The Supplementary Conditions must be carefully coordinated with all of the following EXCEPT:

A. General Conditions
B. Bidding Requirements
C. Owner – Contractor Agreement
D. Owner/Architect Agreement
D. Owner/Architect Agreement
MasterFormat is based on
A five-digit numbering system
Which is true regarding level two specification section:

A. To provide the widest latitude in describing a unit of work
B. To contain the broadest categories of work
C. They should be used extensively
D. None of the above
E. A and B only
MasterFormat is written in such a way that a specification could be written at:
One of three levels of complexity
If a division is not used in a Project Manual, the specifier should
List the Division number with the words “not used”
Section numbers and titles are determined by all of the following except:

A. Size of project
B. Whether systems or products are being specified
C. Whether the project is single or multiple prime contract
D. Whether the project i
D. Whether the project is privately or publicly funded
Which of the following is correct?

A. Division numbers are a basis for developing Section titles
B. Division number and titles are fixed and do not change regardless of project type or location
C. Division numbers are designed to per
B. Division number and titles are fixed and do not change regardless of project type or location
The third part of the Three Part Section Format is:
The correct title for Division 10 is:
Specifications are:
Documents that define the quality of the project, materials, and workmanship for a given project
Which is true concerning MasterFormat?

A. It is used to establish the proper location of information within the sixteen divisions
B. It contains a complete listing of topics covered in each division
C. It contains a key word index
D. All of the above
Instruction in the Specifications:
Are addressed only to the Contractor
Section 12512 – Office Case Goods would be considered a:
Level four section
The type of line used to represent the extent of the property boundary for a site is called the:
Property line
The type of drawings whose purpose is to provide the owner with a set of documents that will facilitate operation, maintenance, and future modifications of the project throughout its useful life are called:
Record drawings
Views drawn at a metric scale of 1:20 (3/4” = 1’-0”) or larger are generally considered to be:
“Resource drawings” serve which purpose
Show construction related to work, but which is not included in the contract
“Section drawings” are cut vertically through and perpendicular to project materials to:
Show their detailed arrangement
“Record drawings” are:
Often required of the Contractor to indicate changes incorporated during construction
Drawings prepared by the contractor, subcontractor, or material/equipment supplier that show how a particular aspect of the work is to be fabricated and installed, are called:
Shop Drawings
The type of drawing that illustrates objects as they appear to the eye, with reference to relative distance and depth, are called:
Which of these types of dimensions are likely to be included on one drawing:

A. Actual dimensions
B. Nominal dimensions
C. Modular dimensions
D. All of the above
D. All of the above
Keynotes and reference notes are used where:

A. The information required is more complex than can be reasonably shown in a typical drawing note
B. The same note is to be used in multiple locations
C. There is inadequate room for a fu
D. All of the above
A particular material may appear many times throughout the Drawings but is specified in how many locations?
When cross-referencing between the Drawings and Specifications the proper term is:
the practice is discouraged
A disadvantage of repeating a requirement on both Drawing and Specification is when a discrepancy arises:

A. An addendum covering a change in one location may overlook it in another
B. It causes bidders to make different interpretations o
D. All of the above
To avoid confusion, who should take responsibility for enforcing consistent terminology?
Detailed written information should appear only in the:
A role of specification in describing a construction project is:
Describing administrative procedures and workmanship
Reference Drawings serve which purpose:

A. Show existing work that is to be modified
B. Show construction related to the work, but which is not included in the contract
C. Provide the Owner with a set of documents that will facilitat
B. Show construction related to the work, but which is not included in the contract
8. The Uniform Location of Subject Matter jointly published by the EJCDC and AIA provides a recommended location of topics in all of the following except:

A. Supplementary Conditions
B. Division 1
C. Agreement
D. Drawings
D. Drawings
When placed in the specification section, schedules are:
To help simplify communications by using tabular form or matrix
Marked up or corrected contract drawings that indicate changes incorporated in the Work are called:
Record Drawings
Section 0110 – Summary of Work specifies administrative details and responsibilities of the:

A. A/E
B. Owner and A/E
C. Contractor and Subcontractor
D. None of the above
D. None of the above
Administrative provision of the construction contract are:
Written in Division 1 to expand on provision in the Condition of the Contract
Division 1 sections specify:
Administrative requirements, procedural matters, and temporary construction facilities
Which is true regarding the Drawings?

A. Have no direct relationship to Division 1 of the specifications
B. Need not be coordinated with Division 1
C. Graphically define certain subject matter specified in Division 1, such as “Scope
F. Both C and D
Owner occupancy of the premises during construction:
Is specified in Section 01110 – Summary of Work
Which of the following items should not be included in Section 01110?

A. Owner-furnished items of work
B. Site traffic regulating during construction
C. Sequence of work and Owner occupancy
D. Contractor’s use of site
B. Site traffic regulating during construction
Submittal requirements for Mechanical and Electrical work are specified in:
Division 1
Division 1 sections:

A. Cover general requirements for execution of the work, and must be written in broad language
B. Reinforce the concept “say it once” by stating procedural matters only once
C. Should be bound in a separate vol
D. Both A and B
Bidding Requirements:

A. Are not enforceable during administration of contract
B. Should not repeat Division 1
C. Should be referenced to the General Conditions
D. Bear no relationship to the Contract Documents
E. Both A an
E. Both A and B
Provisions in the Conditions of the Contract:
Are expanded by the provisions of Division 1
Which statement are true concerning Supplementary Conditions:

A. They should not contain general references to Division 1
B. They should be used to expand and modify basic provision stated in the General Conditions
C. A only
D. Both A and B
To be effective in communicating, specifications should be:
clear, correct, complete, and concise
In the specifications, it is correct to address:
The Contractor’s responsibilities
Since he or she is most familiar with a product, the manufacturer’s representative should:
Supply information to the specification writer
When cross-referencing, you should be careful to:
List the section only
Workmanship relating to the fabrication of products
should not be confused with the quality of the materials used in the products
All of the following are true about the three – part format EXCEPT:

A. It is addressed in the appendix SectionFormat
B. It is recommended for ordering specification sections
C. It provides consistency in the presentation of informat
D. Is described in detail in the CSI/CSC UniFormat
two types of information needed before writing a specification section are:
specific project requirements and applicable product/construction methods
The specification writer in a small firm is usually the:
the firm principal
A person who may be employed by a design firm to write specifications for design projects within the firm is called:
a specification consultant
Appropriate methods for attaining required workmanship include all the following EXCEPT:

A. Establishing inspection requirements in the specifications
B. Require field samples or mock-ups
C. Require submission of sales receipts for p
C. Require submission of sales receipts for products
The four methods of specifying are:
descriptive, performance, proprietary, and reference standard
The difference between open and closed proprietary specifications concerns:
Substitutions may do all of the following EXCEPT:

A. limit competition
B. increase the specifier’s work load
C. be conducive to permitting products of lower quality
D. increase maintenance replacement costs
A. limit competition
A method of opening a proprietary specification to alternate products is to:

A. request alternate proposal in the specifications
B. permit contractors to submit requests for substitutions
C. define the procedures for controlled subs
D. all of the above
The burden of performance is assumed by whom when a descriptive specification is used?
Public projects generally forbid the use of ____________ specifications, except under special circumstances, since they can effectively eliminate competition:
Disadvantages of proprietary specification include:

A. Elimination or narrowing of competition
B. Requiring of products with which the contractor has perhaps had little or bad experience
C. Favoring of certain products and manufactur
D. All of the above
Adherence to which of the following guidelines will help eliminate problems associated with reference standards:

A. Know the standard
B. Enforce the requirements of the standard
C. Incorporate the standard properly
D. All of the
A. All of the above
Which two specification methods are both prescriptive, i.e., the products and processes are specified, but not the results:
Descriptive and Proprietary
Incorporating the reference standard properly requires the use of designations that distinguish each standard from all the others, which of the following would be included in a complete designation:

A. Name of the issuing organization
E. All of the above
Detailed written information should appear only in the:


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