Excerpts from her feature story: “BIM Applications and Supporting Technologies”:
“While BIM may seem the main focus of AEC technology at the moment, it is, in reality, only just the beginning. BIM is going to spawn a whole new generation of what I refer to as “supporting technologies,” which will extend its capabilities to cover many different aspects of building planning, design, and construction. There were already a number of such technologies on display at this year’s convention – a noticeable first – and we should continue to see more of these every year.”
“Specifications is one aspect of the design process that can be readily automated with BIM, and the lead on this has been taken by InterSpec with its e-SPECS product, which now automates the preparation of project specifications from all the three Revit BIM applications-Revit Building, Revit Structure, and Revit Systems – and also supports the latest release of Autodesk Architectural Desktop (ADT), version 2007. e-SPECS automatically creates project specifications based on MasterSpec from the walls, doors, windows, and other building objects in the model created in any of these applications, ensuring their coordination and accuracy. Any changes made to the design are automatically incorporated into the specification manual. Other features include the ability to review the history of the specification section to see why a specific product was included in the project, collaboration on the specification documents by the extended project team using markup tools or by publishing to Autodesk Buzzsaw, and a built-in browser for researching available products from suppliers that meet the specifications. A new version of e-SPECSs, version 3.1, was released in May, and it features more detailed MasterSpec library integration as well as various enhancements to the e-SPECS Specification Editor, including improved headers and footers, print preview, auto save, global search and replace, and new error and warning messages to guide spec writers. It would be good to see similar applications being developed for other BIM applications as well.”
About Lachmi Khemlani
Lachmi Khemlani is founder and editor of AECbytes. She has a Ph.D. in Architecture from UC Berkeley, specializing in intelligent building modeling, and consults and writes on AEC technology. She can be reached email@example.com.
InterSpec provides construction document management solutions and services built on its patented e-SPECS® specification management technology. e-SPECS software automates the specification process by extracting the product and material requirements directly from the project drawings. e-SPECS integrates directly with Autodesk’s AutoCAD®, Autodesk Building Systems, Autodesk® Architectural Desktop and all Autodesk Revit-based BIM products, and supports all libraries of MasterSpec®. For architects and engineers who spend many hours on every project preparing construction specifications, e-SPECS software saves time and money while ensuring that the construction drawings are coordinated with the specifications. For more information visit www.e-SPECS.com or contact sales at +1-207-772-6135 or email to sales@e-SPECS.com.
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