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Kahua and BSD Join Forces to Improve Architect-Contractor Communication
September 7, 2016
Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA – BSD and Kahua today announced the integration of BSD’s automated construction specification-writing software, BSD SpecLink-E, with Kahua’s project management and collaboration platform. This integration streamlines and enhances the specifications to submittals process and enables a vastly improved level of coordination between the architect and the contractor on construction projects that is unmatched in the industry today. It is the first collaborative effort in a strategic partnership targeted at helping the real estate and construction industry optimize complex intercompany business processes.
Specifications prepared by an architect for a construction project typically include dozens, or even hundreds of sections, each dealing with a particular building element, such as concrete, masonry, and roofing. Many of these sections, in addition to establishing the quality requirements for materials and installation, call for the contractor to provide submittals to the architect for quality control. On a project employing typical printed specifications, extracting the specific submittal requirements and assembling them into a useful tracking log is a tedious, manual process.
Building Systems Design (BSD) Announces New CEO
September 6, 2016
Atlanta, GA – BSD today announced the appointment of Christopher Anderson as its new president and CEO, effective as of August 29, 2016. Mr. Anderson will be located at BSD’s headquarters in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.
Prior to his acceptance of the position at BSD, Mr. Anderson served as Vice President, Data Strategy & Consulting with The Gordian Group, which recently acquired RS Means, the premier U.S. source of building cost data. In his role at Gordian, Mr. Anderson specialized in data strategy and analytics, covering all aspects of the building construction lifecycle from conception through facility management. Prior to the Gordian Group position, Chris was General Manager at RS Means, where he was responsible for all aspects of the business, including development and execution of customer growth strategy for the company’s construction pricing data and consulting services to building owners and facility managers.
BSD SpecLink-E Automates User-Added Reference Standards, Introduces Section Numbering Flexibility, Adds New Reports
May 16, 2016
Atlanta, GA – In conjunction with the annual convention of the American Institute of Architects that was held in Philadelphia, Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) announced a new version of BSD SpecLink-E, its construction specifications software that now automates the global management and updating of thousands of reference standards, including those that have been added by its users.
Because SpecLink is based on a relational database rather than word processing files, all construction standards referenced in the over 10,000 pages of master guide specifications are now included only once in a single table that is centrally managed. When a citation for a specific standard is needed in the text to help specify a particular type of product or installation requirement, a unique marker causes the citation to be displayed from the global table. This process allows the same standard to be employed in many locations within the database without actually repeating the text and possibly introducing errors. The central location of the standard citations also simplifies the updating process and assures that all mentions of a particular standard will be consistent within a project.
AEC Daily and Building Systems Design, Inc. Are Now Connected
January 19, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia and Buffalo, NY – Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) and AEC Daily today announced an ongoing collaboration that will make it easier for architectural and engineering specifiers to gain additional knowledge about construction products in addition to obtaining continuing education credits.
The initial phase of the collaboration involves the creation of relevant hyperlinks between the websites of the two companies. BSD has also included specific hyperlinks in BSD SpecLink-E, its automated specifications software product, that connect directly to the continuing education courses offered by particular building product manufacturers on the AEC Daily website. These links will permit architects and engineers who are using SpecLink to easily gain additional information about the products they are specifying. They will also be able to obtain free education credits on topics that are of direct interest to design professionals.
Building Systems Design, Inc. Releases Cloud Version of BIM Linking Product
September 22, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia – Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) today announced the release of the latest version of BSD LinkMan-E, a BIM linking product that has now been configured to permit cloud access. BSD LinkMan-E, or LME, is a software tool that connects any architectural model developed in Autodesk’s Revit to specifications for the same project in BSD SpecLink-E. LME is a coordination tool with dashboards that permit a project manager to compare the modeled information in Revit to the specifications data in SpecLink. Conflicting information is highlighted, allowing the manager to make necessary corrections in the model or the specifications. It is also possible to take the Revit data and automatically generate matching specifications in SpecLink by using a synchronizing function in BSD LinkMan-E.
BSD Announces Release of Water and Wastewater Equipment Specification Sections
June 15, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia – Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) today announced the initial publication of 43 specification sections that are part of a planned Division 46 — Water and Wastewater Equipment catalog scheduled for completion by the end of the year. A total of 57 sections are anticipated, and the first 43 have been released in preliminary form to gain feedback from BSD SpecLink-E customers. Initially, the sections will be included in the comprehensive and mechanical/electrical/ plumbing (MEP) catalogs. When the collection has been finalized late in the year, a new catalog will be created that will let customers limit a subscription specifically to the water and wastewater equipment sections or combine it with other catalogs.
BSD Announces Unique Approach to Text Updating for Construction Specifications
January 9, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia – Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) today announced revolutionary changes in the updating features of its BSD SpecLink-E software for producing construction specifications. Building on the unique properties of its relational database software, BSD now has the ability to provide continuous, on-line data updates that provide architects and engineers with up-to-the-minute information that merges automatically with data already included in a developing project specification without altering the current output.
Construction specifications are detailed instructions for a contractor that define the quality of products and workmanship required for a particular building project. These documents cover hundreds or even thousands of products, include highly detailed requirements, and require constant updating because of unpredictable changes within the construction industry. Assuring that these documents are up to date has traditionally been a major chore for architects and engineers, who typically rely on commercial master specification systems that are provided on a subscription basis.
Building Systems Design, Inc. Releases Cloud-Based Specifications
June 23, 2014
Atlanta, Georgia -- Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) today announced the availability of a cloud-based version of its flagship specifications product, BSD SpecLink-E. Dubbed “SLE Cloud,” this software service has all the advantages of the SQL Server database product that thousands of users have already installed on their local- and wide-area networks, with additional benefits attributable to Internet access. Released in conjunction with the national convention of the American Institute of Architects in Chicago, the new SLE Cloud is being demonstrated to AIA members at McCormick Center June 26-28 and concurrently to existing and prospective new customers via the worldwide web.
Building Systems Design, Inc. Updates Master Specifications, Supporting Multiple Green Initiatives
June 9, 2014
Atlanta, Georgia -- Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) today announced publication of revisions to 116 specification sections related to sustainable design for architects and engineers. BSD SpecLink-E, BSD’s automated specification production system, has supported the various LEED rating systems published by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for many years. BSD’s latest sustainability updates support LEED v4 BD+C, USGBC’s most recent green rating system, but they also support other green initiatives, such as the Green Globes project developed by the nonprofit Green Building Initiative. BSD accomplishes this support of multiple green systems by organizing all relevant design issues into five categories:
BSD Improves Tool Linking Specifications to Autodesk's Revit
May 5, 2014
Atlanta, GA – Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) today announced the release of an updated BSD LinkMan-E software product that coordinates specifications with a Building Information Model (BIM) created in Autodesk’s Revit software. The new LinkMan-E release has two totally reconfigured dashboards that clearly show correlations and discrepancies between information in Revit and the corresponding specification text in BSD SpecLink-E, BSD’s automated specification writing product.
BSD Revolutionizes A/E Specifications Updating
January 10, 2014
Atlanta, GA – Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) today announced a completely new approach to updating the data in its master guide specifications product, BSD SpecLink®-E. Instead of replacing the architectural and engineering database each quarter with updated content, BSD now delivers updates automatically via the Internet at a frequency determined by each subscriber. Users can choose to have updates downloaded as frequently as daily -- but not less often than quarterly. There is even a new button labeled “Update Master Now” that allows users to get all available updates downloaded and applied to the master database within a matter of minutes.
BSD Creates Intelligent Revit Objects
September 24, 2013
Atlanta, GA – Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) today announced at the annual convention of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) the release of its latest innovation – intelligent Revit objects that are pre-linked to the appropriate specifications in SpecLink-E, BSD’s automated specifications software. Simply by using these objects in a Revit project, users will be automatically connecting BIM and specifications through BSD LinkMan-E, an add-on to SpecLink-E that manages the linking process.
BSD Releases Material Library for Autodesk's Revit 2013
June 13, 2013
Atlanta, GA – Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) today announced the release of a Revit 2013 Material Library that is pre-linked to BSD SpecLink®-E, BSD’s automated construction specifications software, through the latest version of its BSD LinkMan®-E add-on. The 1,600 materials in the library, when applied to Revit elements such as walls or floor assemblies, will automatically connect the Revit elements to the corresponding specifications in BSD SpecLink-E.
Enhancements for Expandable Specifications
August 20, 2012
Atlanta, GA – Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) today announced major enhancements of its award-winning construction specifications software product. The fall release of BSD SpecLink-E® includes many new features, but one of the most unusual is an enhancement to its innovative expandable database function.
Major 5.0 Software Release for BSD SpecLink-E
July 23, 2012
Atlanta, GA – Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) today announced a major software release of its flagship BSD SpecLink-E product for automated production of construction specifications. The new version of the product includes major software modifications but no data updates. The biggest change is quite significant – all data edits in a project are saved immediately to the projects database on the server instead of being saved initially to a temporary file in the client software for batch uploading at a later time. This approach results in much faster operation of many functions (such as section check in and closing), greater stability in the software, and significantly enhanced data management and control.
BSD Keynote Management Tool Improves Revit Functionality
December 6, 2011
Atlanta, GA – Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) today announced availability of the latest version of its groundbreaking BIM interoperability tool, BSD LinkMan-E®. Designed to work with all recent releases of Autodesk’s Revit® software, LinkMan connects a Revit project with its corresponding specifications in BSD SpecLink, displaying any discrepancies and allowing the user to activate missing specification text based on data from Revit. The newest LinkMan incorporates a keynote tab that allows users to manage and assign keynotes for a Revit project in a much more efficient and effective manner than is possible through the use of Revit alone.
BSD Announces Keynote Management Tool
September 2, 2011
Atlanta, GA – Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) today announced the release of a new version of its groundbreaking BIM interoperability tool, BSD LinkMan-E. Designed to work with all recent releases of Autodesk’s Revit software, the new LinkMan now incorporates a tab that allows users to import, edit, and connect keynotes to Revit objects while simultaneously linking the objects to specifications in BSD SpecLink-E. A unique master keynote has been assigned to each of the thousands of products and assemblies in the LinkMan database, all of which have been linked to appropriate sections and paragraphs in BSD SpecLink-E. Objects in Revit have also been linked to the same LinkMan database, which permits LinkMan to display any discrepancies between a Revit project model and the corresponding project specifications in SpecLink – or to update the specifications automatically, based on the Revit data.