A NOTE FROM THE TEAM

Digital technology is driving significant change through the AEC sector, and 2018 will see this trend continue to accelerate. As a consequence, Architecture and Engineering firms face tough decisions about which technologies to deploy, and if and how to integrate them with their existing tools.

In a fascinating report from global consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, you can read about the new age of engineering and construction technology. This highlights that our sector is the least digitized of the major industrial verticals and how that is now changing, in a more rapid evolution than our industry has ever experienced.

The report also focuses on the impact that start-ups are having on the sector. McKinsey credits them with driving this change, starting with the 1,000 start-ups analyzed in the report (so not the easiest lot to sift through and decide what your business needs).

So where does this leave established companies like BSD SpecLink? We are firm believers that innovation and change is not solely the province of the new, and that the ability of established companies to innovate is often impacted by economic measures, rather than by a lack of invention or creativity. Deep domain and sector knowledge reside in established companies and at BSD, we are leveraging this strength by combining it with significant investment in start-up like technology, and integrating that with the trusted, established workflow tools you rely on, bringing you the best of both worlds.

The SpecLink Viewer is now available in the cloud, and soon our virtualization technology will rapidly transform your Revit model into a gaming-engine (Unity) based, immersive 3D, data rich model, fully integrated with your specifications. No Revit licenses or training are needed, and it will be easy to collaborate with whoever you choose (while retaining full control), through all phases of the construction cycle.

As we prepare these exciting developments for market, we will continue to enhance the breadth and depth of SpecLink's content, and continuously improve our software. We can't all be start-ups, but with technology driving change, the smart companies can certainly step-up. And when that happens, the customer is the winner.

This spring newsletter brings you details of the many updates and upgrades we've been working on. It's also our opportunity to showcase the ever-increasing number of product manufacturers who are integrating their information directly into our database.

As always, we're here if there's any way we can help you further. Give us a call at 1-800-266-7732.

The SpecLink Team

NEW SPECLINK SECTIONS

COMING SOON (within 30 days):

Section 05 1213

Architecturally-Exposed Structural Steel Framing is a new Section for architecturally-exposed structural steel (AESS) based on AISC 303-defined categories.


SECTION 06 5300

Plastic Decking is a new Section specifies plastic decking fabricated in solid or hollow shapes from various plastics with no cellulose fiber.


SECTION 06 6300

Plastic Railings is a new Section for plastic railing systems fabricated from various plastics with no cellulose fiber.


SECTION 09 6466

Wood Athletic Flooring is a new Section based on products previously specified in Section 09 6429 - Wood Strip and Plank Flooring.


SECTION 10 5629.16

Pallet Storage Racks is intended to be used for retail and warehousing projects that frequently use this type of heavy-duty storage solutions.


SECTION 11 1319

Stationary Loading Dock Equipment is a new Section for specifying various types of loading dock related equipment.


SECTION 11 6143

Stage Curtains is a new Section providing criteria for specifying stage curtains as well as track systems they are suspended from.


SECTION 32 1433

Plastic Unit Paving is a new Section specifying exterior plastic unit pavers.


SPECLINK CLOUD VIEWER

CLOUD BASED VIEWER -- SpecLink Cloud is a platform designed to simplify sharing and collaborating on building project specifications. Designed with the project team in mind, SpecLink Cloud enables architects, engineers and specifiers to share and review specifications with their constituents including owners, consultants and contractors.

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COMING SOON (within this quarter):

DIVISION 25 - INTEGRATED AUTOMATION

The first release will include eight (8) Sections with most of the content dedicated to HVAC Controls with emphasis on the latest technologies such as BACnet ready devices.

MAJOR REVISIONS TO SPECLINK SECTIONS:

COMING SOON (within 30 days):

SECTION 10 2600

Wall and Door Protection expanded with new content


SECTION 323223

Segmental Retaining Walls specifies retaining walls constructed of modular concrete masonry units, fabric soil reinforcement, and controlled fill, with the Contractor responsible for engineering.


COMING SOON (within this quarter):

Lightning Protection Systems Update

Look for significant updates to Section 264113-Lightning Protection for Structures.


Medium-Voltage Systems Update

Look for a phased multi-section update to medium-voltage content, beginning with medium-voltage transformers and later including medium-voltage switchgear and medium-voltage cables.


MEP Vibration and Seismic Controls Update

Look for a significant update that includes a new Division 26 section and complete overhauls of existing Division 21, 22, and 23 sections for consistency within the MEP catalog.

GLOBAL LANGUAGE REVIEW AND UPDATE:

GENDER-NEUTRAL LANGUAGE

The entire SLE database was reviewed for instances of gendered language, and where found, remnants of this language was removed or rewritten as appropriate.

ROUTINE MAINTENANCE:

DELETED OBSOLETE SECTIONS

The Sections listed below are obsolete, and BSD has not updated them in at least two years since there was strong subscriber requests for their retention, however the time to remove the aging Sections has arrived.

EXPLORE THE NEWEST BUILDING PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS IN SPECLINK:

ATLAS® Roofing Corporation

Atlas Roofing Corporation is an innovative, customer-oriented manufacturer of residential and commercial building materials. Atlas has grown from a single roofing shingle manufacturing facility in 1982 into an industry leader with 24 facilities in North America and worldwide product distribution.

ISE Logik

ISE Logik Industries  strives to be the acknowledged leader in proactive solutions for addressing concrete...

Seachrome

Seachrome owes much of its success to personal relationships we've created with our customers. For over 50 years, we've proven our commitment to your success by providing world-class manufacturering with the highest...

Tennsco

For more than 50 years, Tennsco has worked tirelessly to polish our reputation as an industry leader in storage and filing solutions.

Trex Commercial Products

Trex Commercial Products is a leading national provider of both pre-engineered and custom commercial railing systems. Having supplied railing...

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Trex Commercial Products is a leading national provider of both pre-engineered and custom commercial railing systems. Having supplied railing for some of the largest projects in the country, our wealth of experience provides us with the tools and knowledge necessary to provide both exceptional customer service and unrivaled results.

Experienced sales and estimating team delivers:

  • Preconstruction budgeting and value engineering
  • Project-specific takeoffs identifying scope
  • Proposals to plans and spec
  • Submittals featuring the most advanced 3-D modeling

Seasoned in-house professional engineering and design team reviews each project to confirm:

  • Design intent
  • IBC code compliance
  • Structural analysis
  • And identifying any potential conflicts throughout

We understand our role is more than just a fabricator of a designer's concepts. To us, it is about becoming a meaningful partner taking responsibility for all facets of the project, from the conceptual beginning to the successful end result.

     

Section 10 2600 - Wall and Door Protection expanded with new content

This Section has received a major upgrade. Previously entitled "Wall and Corner Guards", its MasterFormat number, title, and content have been updated.

While the previous version of the Section only dealt with wall protection, the new version - as the title implies - also addresses door and door hardware protection.

Included for the first time are all metal crash-rail systems. "Green" choices include selection of "PVC-free" plastic materials for - among others - bumper rails and protective wall covering.

 


For more than 50 years, Tennsco has worked tirelessly to polish our reputation as an industry leader in storage and filing solutions. As a family-owned business, we have a special heritage and take great pride in manufacturing reliable, durable products at our eight manufacturing facilities in Dickson, TN spanning 1.6 million square feet. Our philosophy, Storage Made Easy, is our commitment to provide a wide variety of quality storage products that are built to last and supported with exemplary service.

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DIVISION 25 - INTEGRATED AUTOMATION

The first release will include eight (8) Sections with most of the content dedicated to HVAC Controls with emphasis on the latest technologies such as BACnet ready devices.

These Sections will address typical controller, instrumentation and actuating device needs for both commercial and industrial HVAC applications. Content was developed to reduce the current effort applied to specify controls solutions currently located under Division 23 and other divisions.

The second release will include seven (7) Sections with content dedicated to electrical monitoring of Division 26 furnished systems using meters, power quality analyzers, and other monitoring devices. Also content will list analyzing software or EIS (energy information systems) which are gaining popularity as a solution for owners looking to benchmark their facilities with the goal to integrate into the smart grid.

Future Sections will expand on integrated automation software, laboratory airflow controls, controls commissioning, and network backbone content which includes IT-products such as servers, computers, and inter-related components.

Section 281523 - Intercom Entry Systems.

These systems may be audio-video or audio-only and generally consist of door/entry stations located at secure access points that communicate with interior stations in order for visitors to be granted access.

Fire Alarm Systems Update

Look for significant updates to Section 284600-Fire Detection and Alarm including substantial reorganization.


ES Pro

 

Atlas® Roofing Corporation is an innovative, customer-oriented manufacturer of residential and commercial building materials. Atlas has grown from a single roofing shingle manufacturing facility in 1982 into an industry leader with 24 facilities in North America and worldwide product distribution. All Atlas products are manufactured in state-of-the-art facilities and shipped worldwide from its network of manufacturing plants and distribution facilities in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Atlas Roofing Corporation is made up of 4 major divisions: Roof & Wall Insulation, Shingles & Underlayments, Expanded Polystyrene and Web Technologies.

Atlas EnergyShield Pro is composed of a Class A closed cell polyisocyanurate (polyiso) foam core faced with a reflective 12 mil reinforced foil facer on one side and a white 12 mil reinforced acrylic-coated aluminum facer on the other. The blowing agent used to produce the polyiso foam core does not contain any CFCs, HCFCs or HFCs. EnergyShield Pro has zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and negligible Global Warming Potential (GWP). EnergyShield Pro combines high R-value, Class A foam core, durable aluminum facers, and water resistive barrier attributes in a high performance rigid wall insulation. EnergyShield Pro is designed to be used as exterior continuous insulation (CI) or may be reversed for interior applications in compliance with NFPA 286 for interior walls only or ceilings only where a clean white surface is desirable.

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Section 32 1433 - Plastic Unit Paving is a new Section specifying exterior plastic unit pavers.

Made from recycled plastic and tire rubber material, the plastic unit pavers specified in this Section are available in interlocking or permeable configurations, and installed in a manufacturer-provided grid system on a sand bed or compacted aggregate base.

Plastic pavers in this Section are suitable for pedestrian and low-traffic, light-vehicular loads. Plastic pavers in this Section are not suitable for high-traffic and/or heavy-vehicular load applications, such as crosswalks and service drives.


Seachrome

Seachrome owes much of its success to personal relationships we've created with our customers. For over 50 years, we've proven our commitment to your success by providing world-class manufacturering with the highest quality standards, along with unparalleled customer service in ADA and bath accessories to the OEM, hospitality, institutional and assisted living markets. We see ourselves as an extension of your company, as your partner in business. Everything we do is in service to our customers, from our initial contact and concept review, through engineering and design tooling, production and on-time delivery. In a world where everyone is constantly striving to be better, Seachrome is dedicated to being the best. Thank you to all our loyal customers for your partnership.

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Section 11 6143 - Stage Curtains is a new Section providing criteria for specifying stage curtains as well as track systems they are suspended from.

These curtains may be specified as one of the following:

  • Inherently Flame Retardant (IFR).
  • Durable Flame Retardant (DFR) or Permanently Flame Retardant (PFR).
  • Flame Retardant (IFR) that is a topical treatment and is only certified for a limited period, typically one year.

There are numerous types of stage curtain fabrics that may be specified and the application this fabric may be used for, such as the following:

    • 25 ounces per linear yard polyester velour used for draw curtains.
    • 100 percent cotton, at least 18 ounces per linear yard used for cyclorama curtains.

Various types of linings, muslin, scrims and drops are also available. Layout of curtain tracks would be shown on drawings, and specified as heavy-duty, medium-duty, and aluminum or steel in specification along with necessary accessories and modes of operation.


ise logic logoISE Logik Industries strives to be the acknowledged leader in proactive solutions for addressing concrete moisture in a manner that is both operationally supportable by the ready-mix industry as well as economically feasible for our valued project teams. Our company focus is on changing how project teams address concrete moisture. ISE Logik Industries’ MVRA 900 permits architects and engineers to address this industry-wide issue in the design phase, at a fraction of the cost in time and money when compared to field moisture testing and concrete-slab moisture mitigation.


Section 11 1319 - Stationary Loading Dock Equipment is a new Section for specifying various types of loading dock related equipment.

This equipment includes recessed loading dock levelers, loading dock lifts or often called scissor lifts, vertical storing dock levelers, edge of dock (EOD) levelers, as well as related equipment such as communication light systems, and manual wheel cocks.

This Section also includes a MAINTENANCE article in PART 3 for providing a separate contract for doing the required maintenance on this equipment.

A SCHEDULES article is available at the end of the Section to assist with organizing the different types of equipment shown on drawings in coordination with specification Section.


Section 05 1213 - Architecturally-Exposed Structural Steel Framing is a new Section for architecturally-exposed structural steel (AESS) based on AISC 303-defined categories.
 
AISC 303 - Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges, Table 10.1, defines AESS by category. Each AESS category is based on workmanship and finishing requirements. The requirements of each category are successively more detailed and costly.
 
These categories include:
  • Basic Elements: AESS workmanship requirements that exceed those for non-exposed structural steel.
  • Feature Elements: AESS workmanship that exceeds the basic element requirements, but intended to let the viewer to see the structural nature of the element. Standards include overall geometry; enhanced treatment of bolts, welds, connections; and tighter tolerances for gaps, copes and similar details. Feature element standards also include the requirement for a mock-up as the standard for design professional approval of the work.
  • Showcase Elements: AESS workmanship for elements where the designer intends that only the form is visible. All welds ground and filled, all edges are ground square and true, and all surfaces are filled and sanded to glove smoothness. Tolerances for showcase elements are more stringent. Showcase elements also require a mock-up.
  • Custom Elements: AESS fabricated and finished to custom requirements defined in the contract documents.

This new Section contains extensive notes about specifying AESS, and hyperlinks within the notes connect the user to reference standard source documents and other specifying resources.


Section 10 5629.16 - Pallet Storage Racks is intended to be used for retail and warehousing projects that frequently use this type of heavy-duty storage solutions.

At one time, these types of systems were used almost exclusively in warehouses and stock-rooms. However, with the advent of "big box" stores which combine product display (at customer level) and storage above (for fork-lift-mediated storage and retrieval), these systems now seem to have applications everywhere.

One prominent example is, of course, your local home improvement stores. While true warehousing projects are likely to design for palleted storage solutions, other shelving decking can also be specified for these systems.


DELETED OBSOLETE SECTIONS

The Sections listed below are obsolete, and BSD has not updated them in at least two years since there was strong subscriber requests for their retention, however the time to remove the aging Sections has arrived.

SLE specification Sections become obsolete for various reasons. Those reasons sometimes involve things beyond BSD's control, like changes to CSI's MasterFormat numbering system or changes in the construction industry. Sometimes, BSD's ongoing effort to improve SLE results in major changes in the organization or scope of a Section. Occasionally, changes in organization or scope result in an entirely new Section that renders the existing one obsolete.

BSD retained the Sections listed below in the SLE database for an extended period. Subscribers had time to make the transition to using new Sections that replaced the ones below and to archive copies of their work in the Sections to be deleted.

If a subscriber has active user-generated content in any of these Sections, SLE will convert those active master Sections with user content into user-generated Sections. This will occur when the update deleting the Sections below is accepted. The original work will still be available to the subscriber to archive, copy, or continue using as the subscriber sees fit.

079005-BSDXX; replaced December 2014 by new 079100 and 079200 Sections.

088000-BSDXX; replaced June 2015 by new 088000 Section.

142010-BSDXX; replaced March 2015 by new 142100 and 142400 Sections.

142705-BSDXX; replaced March 2015 by new 142100 and 142400 Sections.

142817-BSDXX; replaced March 2015 by new 142100 and 142400 Sections.

142819-BSDXX; replaced March 2015 by new 142100 and 142400 Sections.


Section 09 6466 - Wood Athletic Flooring is a new Section based on products previously specified in Section 09 6429 - Wood Strip and Plank Flooring.

The new Section expands the content and focuses specifically on wood flooring for indoor sports. The Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association (MFMA) is referenced as the material quality standard; mill membership and installer accreditation can also be included for quality assurance.

System types include fixed or floating floors, cushioned sleepers or subfloor systems, pre-engineered systems anchored using channels, retainers, or clips. The wood strip or parquet flooring in this Section is northern hard maple. Other species can be added with careful editing, but maple is by far the most common material.

MEP Vibration and Seismic Controls Update Look for a significant update that includes a new Division 26 section and complete overhauls of existing Division 21, 22, and 23 sections for consistency within the MEP catalog.

Sections will include expanded content specifically written for common IBC/ASCE 7 seismic requirements for MEP components, as well as supporting documents to thoroughly explain the subject matter and provide guidance in editing the specification.


Section 06 6300 - Plastic Railings is a new Section for plastic railing systems fabricated from various plastics with no cellulose fiber. Plastic railing systems specified in this Section are suitable for use with decks, porches, and balconies.

Section 323223 - Segmental Retaining Walls specifies retaining walls constructed of modular concrete masonry units, fabric soil reinforcement, and controlled fill, with the Contractor responsible for engineering.

The term "segmental" refers to the fact that this type of wall is not monolithic but instead made of "segments" laid without mortar, relying on gravity and shear resistance to resist overturning. The unit designs are usually patented and licensed to local manufacturers; the licensor usually provides a computer assistance for designing typical applications.

This existing SLE Section has been improved in many ways.

This Section was peer-reviewed by a professional engineer specializing in mechanically-stabilized earth retaining wall systems, and changes to the design and material requirements implemented.

Allowances and Unit Prices have been added to the Section as price and payment options, as well as stricter manufacturer qualifications, field conditions, and warranty requirements. Also, field quality control and maintenance requirements were added to the execution language.

Now the user now has the option of choosing the Federal Highway Administration mechanically-stabilized earth retaining wall design standard as well as one published by the National Concrete Masonry Association.

SECTION 06 5300 - Plastic Decking is a new Section specifies plastic decking fabricated in solid or hollow shapes from various plastics with no cellulose fiber. Plastic decking specified in this Section is suitable for use with decks, porches, and balconies.

Section 323223 - Segmental Retaining Walls specifies retaining walls constructed of modular concrete masonry units, fabric soil reinforcement, and controlled fill, with the Contractor responsible for engineering.

The term "segmental" refers to the fact that this type of wall is not monolithic but instead made of "segments" laid without mortar, relying on gravity and shear resistance to resist overturning. The unit designs are usually patented and licensed to local manufacturers; the licensor usually provides a computer assistance for designing typical applications.

This existing SLE Section has been improved in many ways.

This Section was peer-reviewed by a professional engineer specializing in mechanically-stabilized earth retaining wall systems, and changes to the design and material requirements implemented.

Allowances and Unit Prices have been added to the Section as price and payment options, as well as stricter manufacturer qualifications, field conditions, and warranty requirements. Also, field quality control and maintenance requirements were added to the execution language.

Now the user now has the option of choosing the Federal Highway Administration mechanically-stabilized earth retaining wall design standard as well as one published by the National Concrete Masonry Association.