SpecLink-E users have two options when deciding how to integrate LinkMan-E into their office workflow:
- Minimal integration, preparing the spec after the Revit model is complete
- Advanced integration, preparing the spec and BIM model in parallel
In this process, the specification preparer is often physically remote from the Revit modeler. However, the spec writer uses LinkMan-E’s Assembly and Products dashboards to identify assemblies and products used in the Revit model that need to be specified in SpecLink-E. The spec writer then “turns on” the relevant text in SpecLink-E by using LinkMan-E’s “synchronize” command.
If the Revit modeler has used Autodesk-provided objects that BSD has pre-linked to LinkMan-E and any of the BSD-provided objects that have been pre-linked, the spec writer may not need to make any other links. However, manually linking customized objects may also be very worthwhile if those objects will be re-used on future projects.
In offices using advanced integration, the architect or other design professional has become a BIM expert and has developed an “office library” of Revit building objects and has linked them to assemblies and products in LinkMan-E. Meanwhile, the specification writer has prepared one or more "office masters" in SpecLink-E. The Revit modeler then builds each model by using as many of the "pre-linked" objects as possible—either the Autodesk-provided pre-linked objects, those provided by BSD, or those from the office library.
When the model is sufficiently developed to provide useful information to the spec writer, the Revit modeler connects the Revit project file to LinkMan-E and the spec writer connects the appropriate SpecLink-E office master file to LinkMan-E. The specification writer and the Revit modeler, and possibly the project manager, can then all use the LinkMan-E dashboards for coordination review.
The LinkMan-E Products and Assemblies dashboards can be reviewed to determine if any discrepancies exist—for instance, where Revit shows an object but SpecLink-E shows no specs, or where SpecLink-E shows a spec for a product that is apparently not used in the Revit project. LinkMan-E can be used to make changes directly to the specification, while changes to the BIM model will need to be made directly in Revit.