FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does GIS stand for?
2. Who operates the GIS program?
3. What do I have to do?
4. Which AWMAC Grade should I specify?
5.When does GIS come into effect?
6. What is involved in GIS?
7. Who pays the inspection cost?
8. How are AWMAC Inspectors certified?
9. What assurance do I have that an AWMAC manufacturer member has supplied and/or installed the architectural woodwork in accordance with AWMAC’s architectural woodwork standards?
10. What happens if the architectural woodwork proves to be defective during the two year guarantee?
11. What precaution has AWMAC considered if the AWMAC architectural woodwork manufacturer who signed as the first guarantor cannot remedy a defect?

1.          What does GIS stand for?

GIS is the acronym for the Guarantee and Inspection Service.                    
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2.          Who operates the GIS program?

The GIS program is administered by AWMAC’s regional Chapters on a per project basis.               
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3.          What do I have to do?

  1. Specify the Guarantee and Inspection Service in Division Click HERE for an example of the suggested wording to specify GIS.
  2. Specify the AWMAC grade required. Grades are Economy, Custom and Premium.  All 3 may occur within a single Project.
  3. Email the project name and tender date to the regional AWMAC Chapter Office.  Once the AWMAC Chapter Office has been notified of a GIS project, tracking begins, inspections and reports are completed and follow up with any compliance issues is conducted.                  

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4.          Which AWMAC grade should I specify?

Economy – minimum expectation of quality, workmanship, materials and installation. Ideal for woodwork that is not in public view such as in mechanical or utility areas.

Custom – typically specified for and adequately covers most high quality architectural woodwork. Provides a well-defined degree of control over a project’s quality of material, workmanship or installation.

Premium – selectively used in the most visible and high profile areas of a project such as reception counters, boardrooms and executive areas. Provides the highest level of quality in materials, workmanship or installation.                                                                                                                                             
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5.          When does GIS come into effect?

The GIS program comes into effect as soon as the tender documents specify the requirements for a Guarantee and Inspection Service.                     
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6.          What is involved in GIS?

Once specified, the Guarantee and Inspection Service is a three step process with a written report issued for each step:

  1. Shop Drawing Review – This review is in addition to the usual review by the architect.  The AWMAC Inspector determines whether or not the methods and materials indicated in the shop drawings conform to the specified AWMAC architectural woodwork standards and may also indicate deviation from architectural drawings and specifications.
  2. Sample Unit Review (if specified) – This inspection compares the use of materials, joinery methods, finishes, etc. with the previously reviewed shop drawings.  This review may be conducted on site or at the manufacturer’s facility.
  3. Site Inspection Review – This is the final inspection of the project.  If it is a large project, more than one inspection may be necessary.                               
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7.          Who pays the inspection cost?

The inspection cost, which is based on the architectural millwork contract, is borne by the millwork contractor but is part of the project tender.                                      
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8.          How are AWMAC Inspectors certified?

AWMAC inspectors must have significant experience and knowledge in building construction and specifically architectural woodwork.  However, inspectors can no longer be actively involved in the architectural woodwork industry.

Inspectors must pass AWMAC’s architectural woodwork standards Inspection Certification Questionnaire achieving a minimum grade of 95%.  Upon completion of the exam, the inspector will complete a set of 4 GIS inspections under the supervision of a Certified AWMAC GIS Inspector.  Once the Inspector has completed 4 inspections, he or she will become a Certified AWMAC GIS Inspector capable of conducting GIS inspections on their own.                         
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9.       What assurance do I have that an AWMAC manufacturer member has supplied and/or installed the architectural woodwork in accordance with AWMAC’s architectural woodwork standards?

AWMAC, through its Chapter will issue a two year Certificate of Guarantee on projects which have passed the final GIS inspection. The final inspection will not be passed until all deficient items have been rectified and the project brought up to the standards for the grade specified on the project.                                
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10.      What happens if the architectural woodwork proves to be defective during the two year guarantee?

Subject to exclusions, if any, set forth in the Guarantee, the AWMAC architectural woodwork manufacturer who signed as the first guarantor shall replace all defective architectural woodwork on the project, provided that the defects in the architectural woodwork is caused wholly as a result of faulty workmanship or defective material supplied by AWMAC’s architectural woodwork manufacturer.                          
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11.      What precaution has AWMAC considered if the AWMAC architectural woodwork manufacturer who signed as the first guarantor cannot remedy a defect?

AWMAC considers that the strength of its GIS program is based on the fact that it will not issue a Certificate of Guarantee unless the supply and/or install of the completed architectural woodwork on a project complies with AWMAC’s architectural woodwork standards.

AWMAC’s Chapter that has performed the inspections becomes the second guarantor and AWMAC itself becomes the third guarantor in the remote chance that the supply and/or installation of architectural woodwork to the project may become defective during the two year Guarantee period.

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