e-SPECS for Revit Adds USG BIM Families and Specifications

28 Sep, 2008

New functionality helps architects, engineers supplement project manuals with proprietary building materials data.

InterSpec, a provider of document-management software for the construction industry, announced today that it will begin shipping Building Product Manufacturer's (BPM) proprietary BIM and specification content with its e-SPECS for Revit software. The requirements and functionality have been established together with USG, a manufacturer and distributor of building materials.

InterSpec's e-SPECS software automates the preparation of construction specifications and selection of products and materials, used by architects, engineers, and construction professionals to help them synchronize construction models and specifications, while aiming to reduce the overall cost of development. With the inclusion of BPM's content, architects and engineers will be able to supplement project manuals with specific proprietary information directly from their e-SPECS programs. As a manufacturer's Revit family is used in a Revit model, the corresponding detailed specification criteria will automatically be included in the e-SPECS project manual with coordinated, detailed keynotes for Revit.

"e-SPECS solutions allow architects and engineers to save countless hours and dollars while ensuring that their digital construction models and drawings agree with the specifications," said Michael Brennan, CEO of InterSpec. "Now the designers will be able to ensure the same ease of integration of their BIM models and specification content for specific BPM products incorporated into their projects. We are very excited to have USG Corporation as our lead Charter Customer, helping us refine the requirements and functionality that will help the end user integrate BPM content into their construction document package."

USG allows users to refine their product selections with the assistance of an online, graphical-selection guide. Architects can step through a point-and-click interface, and gain access to BIM and specification content for products and materials.

"We are constantly on the lookout for new technologies that help facilitate the selection of our products by the design community," said Steve Martinez, architectural systems development manager for USG. "By integrating USG Design Studio content with e-SPECS, we are giving architects and engineers easy access to product information, which is necessary for accurate specification in the BIM environment. We're leveraging the investment in our BIM and specification content by linking the two together with e-SPECS. We look forward to further integrating our design tools with e-SPECS to provide even more functionality to our customers."