SmithGroupJJR Rolls Out Enterprise-Wide e-SPECS Solutions

InterSpec Inc., the industry leading provider of BIM integrated construction specification software and services, announces that SmithGroupJJR, the 8th largest architecture and engineering firm in the United States, has made e-SPECS the foundation of its enterprise-wide BIM and specification integration strategy.

A prominent force in sustainable practices with over 100 LEED certified projects, SmithGroupJJR evaluated many specification solutions to find one in line with its technology and sustainability goals. Driving the decision were the abilities to centralize their custom master specifications as well as integrate construction documentation with their BIM models with e-SPECS.

Enhancing their plans for BIM technology, e-SPECS for Revit offered the intelligence SmithGroupJJR’s project teams needed, providing Revit-integrated specifications with speed and accuracy. Using e-SPECS Designer, the firm created a central repository of design specifications, making preferences and lessons learned accessible enterprise-wide.

“We initially chose e-SPECS because of the ability to produce specifications integrated with BIM models and the ability to standardize our corporate master for use by all project teams,” said Rick Thoman, SmithGroupJJR’s Manager of Technology in Practice. “After briefly piloting e-SPECS in our San Francisco office, we saw the potential for e-SPECS to help us realize quality and efficiency improvements in the production of specifications across the firm.  We subsequently moved forward with establishing e-SPECS as our primary authoring platform for specifications in all offices.”

Concluded SmithGroupJJR’s Thoman, “We look forward to realizing further improvements as we grow in our ability to produce specifications integrated with BIM models.”

Moreover, by employing a number of InterSpec Specification Services Group’s popular Implementation Programs, SmithGroupJJR saved time and resources in integrating the firm’s office masters and BIM models into the specification process. Implementations at large multi-site and multi-discipline firms benefit greatly from leveraging InterSpec’s professional services, ensuring optimal processes and quality are delivered to clients.

“SmithGroupJJR’s utilization of the e-SPECS suite of products gives them an unprecedented edge in reaching their goals for BIM technology,” said Seamus McGrady, InterSpec’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Enabling their project architects and project engineers to write specifications using corporately managed preferences enhances the firm’s commitments and continual ability to deliver the highest level of sustainability.”

About SmithGroupJJR

SmithGroupJJR (www.smithgroupjjr.com) is ranked as the nation’s 8th largest architecture and engineering firm by Building Design + Construction magazine, in its July 2014 “Giants” issue. Its staff numbers 800 employees in nine U.S. offices located in Ann Arbor, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Madison, Phoenix, San Francisco and Washington, DC, now joined by a new office in Shanghai, China. A national leader in sustainable design, SmithGroupJJR has 343 LEED professionals and 107 LEED certified projects.

About InterSpec

InterSpec provides construction document management solutions and specification writing services built on its patented e-SPECS specification management technology.  e-SPECS software can also automate the specification process by extracting the product and material requirements directly from the project’s BIM models and drawings.  e-SPECS can integrate directly with Autodesk CAD and BIM applications and supports all specification master libraries of MasterSpec®, US Dept of Veterans Affairs, SpecsIntact Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS), Canadian Master Specifications as well as the ability to integrate custom guide specification masters.  For architects and engineers who spend many hours on every project preparing construction specifications, InterSpec’s products and online specification management services saves time and money while ensuring that the construction drawings and models are coordinated with the specifications. For more information visit www.e-SPECS.com or contact sales at +1-207-772-6135 or email sales@e-SPECS.com.

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