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Building

In architecture, construction, engineering, real estate development and technology the term building refers to one of the following: Any human-made structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or continuous occupancy, or An act of construction (i. e. the activity of building, see also builder) In this article, the first usage is generally … Continued

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General contractor

A general contractor is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of a construction site, management of vendors and trades, and communication of information to involved parties throughout the course of a building project.

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Maintenance, repair, and operations

Maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) or maintenance, repair, and overhaul involves fixing any sort of mechanical, plumbing or electrical device should it become out of order or broken (known as repair, unscheduled or casualty maintenance). It also includes performing routine actions which keep the device in working order or prevent trouble from arising.

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Inspection

An inspection is, most generally, an organized examination or formal evaluation exercise. In engineering activities inspection involves the measurements, tests, and gauges applied to certain characteristics in regard to an object or activity. The results are usually compared to specified requirements and standards for determining whether the item or activity is in line with these … Continued

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Property damage

Property damage (or, in the United Kingdom, criminal damage) is damage to or the destruction of public or private property, caused either by a person who is not its owner or by natural phenomena. Property damage caused by persons is generally categorized by its cause: neglect (including oversight and human error), and intentional damage. Intentional … Continued

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Industry

Industry is the production of an economic good or service within an economy. Industry is often classified into three sectors: primary or extractive, secondary or manufacturing, and tertiary or services. Some authors add quaternary (knowledge) or even quinary (culture and research) sectors. Industries can be classified on the basis of raw materials, size and ownership … Continued

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Legal case

A legal case is a dispute between opposing parties resolved by a court, or by some equivalent legal process. A legal case may be either civil or criminal. There is a defendant and an accuser.

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Wall

Building walls have one main purpose: to support roofs and ceilings. Such walls most often have three or more separate components. In today’s construction, a building wall will usually have the structural elements (such as 2×4 studs in a house wall), insulation, and finish elements or surface. In addition, the wall may house various types … Continued

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Best practice

A best practice is a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark. In addition, a “best” practice can evolve to become better as improvements are discovered. Best practice is considered by some as a business buzzword, used to describe the … Continued

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Advice (opinion)

Advice (also called exhortation) is a form of relating personal or institutional opinions, belief systems, values, recommendations or guidance about certain situations relayed in some context to another person, group or party often offered as a guide to action and/or conduct. Put a little more simply, an advice message is a recommendation about what might … Continued

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Floor

A floor is the walking surface of a room or vehicle. Floors vary from simple dirt in a cave to many-layered surfaces using modern technology. Floors may be stone, wood, bamboo, metal, or any other material that can hold a person’s weight. The levels of a building are often referred to as floors although a … Continued

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Consultant

A consultant (from Latin: consultare “to discuss”) is a professional who provides professional or expert advice in a particular area such as security, management, accountancy, law, human resources, marketing, finance, engineering, or any of many other specialized fields. A consultant is usually an expert or a professional in a specific field and has a wide … Continued

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Stairs

A stairway, staircase, stairwell, flight of stairs, or simply stairs is a construction designed to bridge a large vertical distance by dividing it into smaller vertical distances, called steps. Stairs may be straight, round, or may consist of two or more straight pieces connected at angles. Special types of stairs include escalators and ladders. Some … Continued

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House

A house is a home, building, or structure that functions as a habitat for humans or other creatures. The term house includes many kinds of dwellings ranging from rudimentary huts of nomadic tribes to complex structures composed of many systems. English-speaking people generally call any building they routinely occupy “home”. The social unit that lives … Continued

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Drainage

Drainage is the natural or artificial removal of surface and sub-surface water from an area. Many agricultural soils need drainage to improve production or to manage water supplies.

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Expert

An expert (also called cognoscente) is someone widely recognized as a reliable source of technique or skill whose faculty for judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely is accorded authority and status by their peers or the public in a specific well-distinguished domain. An expert, more generally, is a person with extensive knowledge or ability … Continued

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Property

Property is any physical or intangible entity that is owned by a person or jointly by a group of people or a legal entity like a corporation. Depending on the nature of the property, an owner of property has the right to consume, sell, rent, mortgage, transfer, exchange or destroy it, or to exclude others … Continued

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Building

In architecture, construction, engineering, real estate development and technology the term building refers to one of the following: Any human-made structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or continuous occupancy, or An act of construction (i. e. the activity of building, see also builder) In this article, the first usage is generally … Continued

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Knowledge

Knowledge is a familiarity with someone or something, which can include facts, information, descriptions, or skills acquired through experience or education. It can refer to the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. It can be implicit (as with practical skill or expertise) or explicit (as with the theoretical understanding of a subject); it can … Continued

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Technical standard

A technical standard is an established norm or requirement in regard to technical systems. It is usually a formal document that establishes uniform engineering or technical criteria, methods, processes and practices. In contrast, a custom, convention, company product, corporate standard, etc. that becomes generally accepted and dominant is often called a de facto standard. A … Continued

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Requirement

In product development and process optimization, a requirement is a singular documented physical and functional need that a particular product or process must be able to perform. It is most commonly used in a formal sense in systems engineering, software engineering, or enterprise engineering.

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Legal liability

Legal liability is the legal bound obligation to pay debts. In law, a person is legally liable when they are financially and legally responsible for something. Legal liability concerns both civil law and criminal law. Legal liability can arise from various areas of law, such as contracts, tort judgments or settlements, taxes, or fines assed … Continued

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Termite

Termites are a group of eusocial insects that, until recently, were classified at the taxonomic rank of order Isoptera, but are now accepted as the epifamily Termitoidae, of the cockroach order Blattodea. While termites are commonly known, especially in Australia, as “white ants”, they are only distantly related to the ants.

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Building

In architecture, construction, engineering, real estate development and technology the term building refers to one of the following: Any human-made structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or continuous occupancy, or An act of construction (i. e. the activity of building, see also builder) In this article, the first usage is generally … Continued

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Construction worker

Construction worker 230pxA carpenter, working on the construction of Douglas Dam in the United States, uses his leg for leverage while boring a hole with a hand drill. (June 1942)OccupationActivity sectors ConstructionDescription A construction worker or builder is a professional, tradesman, or labourer who directly participates in the physical construction of the built environment and … Continued