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Building Automation Systems (BAS) - Centralized, interlinked, networks of hardware and software, which monitor and control the environment in commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities. While managing various building systems, the automation system ensures the operational performance of the facility as well as the comfort and safety of building occupants. Source: KMCControls.com Building Information Modeling (BIM) - Is a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. Source: AiA.org Carpentry - A skilled trade in which the primary work performed is the cutting, shaping and installation of building materials during the construction of buildings, ships, timber bridges, concrete formwork, etc. Carpenters traditionally worked with natural wood and did the rougher work such as framing, but today many other materials are also used[1] and sometimes the finer trades of cabinetmaking and furniture building are considered carpentry. Carpenters are usually the first tradesmen on a job and the last to leave. Carpenters normally framed post-and-beam buildings until the end of the 19th century; now this old fashioned carpentry is called timber framing. Carpenters learn this trade by being employed through an apprenticeship training—normally 4 years—and qualify by taking the successfully completing that country's department of labor competency test. Source: BLS.gov Change management - an approach to transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations to a desired future state. In a project management context, change management may refer to a project management process wherein changes to the scope of a project are formally introduced and approved. Source: changemanagement.com Choosing by Advantages decision making - Choosing By Advantages (CBA) is a tested and effective system for determining the best decision by looking at the advantages of each option. Source: www.businessdictionary.com Civil Engineers - Design, construct, supervise, operate, and maintain large construction projects and systems, including roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, and systems for water supply and sewage treatment. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Close out processes - The contract close-out process is usually a simple but detailed administrative procedure. The purpose is to verify that both parties to the contract have fulfilled their contractual obligations and there are not responsibilities remaining. In addition, contract close-out is the time to assess the success of the contract and determine if there are any lessons learned for future contracting. A contract is completed when all goods or services have been received and accepted; all reports have been delivered and accepted; all administrative actions have been accomplished; all agency furnished equipment and material have been returned; and final payment has been made to the contractor. Source: Texas Comptroller Cloud Network - The delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet). Source: Wikipedia Collaboration - A working practice whereby individuals work together to a common purpose to achieve business benefit. -Source: AIM.org Collaboration and Team Leadership skills - The ability to work effectively with others on a common task; taking actions which respect the needs and contributions of others; contributing to and accepting the consensus; negotiating a win-win solution to achieve the objectives of the team. The ability to work effectively with others on a common task; taking actions which respect the needs and contributions of others; contributing to and accepting the consensus; negotiating a win-win solution to achieve the objectives of the team. Source: businessinsider.com ©Copyright 2014, North Central Texas InterLink, Inc. All rights reserved 35