LinkLine: Spring 2016

MasterFormat 2016 and SpecLink-E

The release of MasterFormat 16 and the latest release of SpecLink-E are major milestones and BSD is already in the process of conforming the BSD Master to MasterFormat 2016.  

SLE’s new functionality for updating BSD Section numbers/section titles by both BSD and Users supports MasterFormat’ s two year section maintenance update cycle and User preferred Section numbers/titles.

BSD actively participates in MasterFormat development by proposing additions and revisions that benefit the specifying industry, and through representation on CSI’s MasterFormat Maintenance Task Team. MasterFormat 2016 updates include 17 approved proposals submitted by BSD’s spec writing professionals.

BSD has completed our review of the changes brought about by MF16 and here is the approach we will be pursuing:

  • We will add new folders or revise some folder numbers and/or titles in the SLE Project Tree, and in a few instances we will reorganize certain folders. The greatest changes will be reflected in Division 28−Electronic Safety and Security, Division 33−Utilities. 
  • We will add new sections or revise some section numbers and/or titles.  
  • In a few cases, the MF’16 changes may force a reorganization of the content; i.e., splitting an existing section into two or more new ones, and in some cases, changing the placement within a Division, or to another Division, etc. – Changes will be made on a case by case basis where it makes sense in the context of our established continuous updating process.  

With the new flexibility in section numbering provided in the latest release, users have the option to conform their office masters and projects to MF 16 ahead of BSD's changes, on an as-needed basis.

BSD does not have plans to deviate from our established medium scope and broad scope section content because our approach offers the greatest flexibility and efficiency in use.  This organization also avoids unnecessary duplication of Part 1 (administrative) language that would occur across many narrow-scope sections, and reduces the amount of coordination and cross-referencing required among sections.

  • Most existing SLE content will remain unchanged.  It may be re-organized in minor ways; this will occur during continuous updating.
  • In any case, both the SLE software itself and the BSD website will continue to notify Subscribers of changes to the content as they are continuously released.