If you want to have smooth going of your next building project, start the process by specifying.
For many building designers, the specification process once proved overly technical and complicated. Yet thanks to a new user-friendly master, made possible through the magic of BIM, automatic specifications (auto-specs) are the newer and easier order of the day. But do they in any way diminish creativity?
Auto-specs are produced as the result of a BIM model linked to the auto-spec program. Their predecessors, produced before the advent of CAD technology, were produced through manually drawn sketches.
One quite effective classic model is the user-friendly traditional full-version master specification that is quick and easy to edit, and composed in basic English. Examples are ArchiAssist, Natspec and Specpack.
Of course, with any of these classic models, the Master should come complete with a control hard-copy against which to check all work and examine intricate project detail, and also presents all content found within the master specification—not feasible with auto-spec, as it consists of invisible cloud data.
When working with a traditional master spec, designers generally marked all needed changes with a red pen on a literal hard copy paper. Just make the needed additions and deletions to ensure the continuance of the project.
With an auto-spec and sans hard copy, you have to leave a lot to trust and chance. It can be a bit tougher to edit and change. So while auto is excellent in terms of speed and precision, polished results and technologically superior reports, it’s still important to think out and plan things beforehand—the old-fashioned way.