About the Content

SLE about the contentThe data in BSD SpecLink-E consists of three categories of documents:

Organization of the Content

All the sections and documents in SpecLink-E are organized according to the most recent CSI/CSC's Masterformat (2004/2012+ Update), SectionFormat (2008 edition), and PageFormat (2008 edition). The document tree in SpecLink-E includes virtually all the MasterFormat numbers and titles down to Level 3, which results in some empty folders in areas where SpecLink does not provide section content. BSD is constantly adding new sections, so many of these folders will eventually include BSD content. The folders also provide the proper location for any sections our users may wish to create or import.

SLE's content is designed for maximum flexibility and broad application. BSD has found that greater production efficiencies and accuracy is gained by use of broad- and medium-scope sections that cover a range of related work results, and providing only narrow-scope sections when BSD determines this is necessary from subscriber input and our experience. Edit by selection and intelligent linking makes this approach even easier to manage. There is also an option for the Subscriber to edit the Section ID to suit their specific preferences or owner expectations.

More sections do not make a better subscriber experience. A larger number of closely-related, narrow-scope sections will have virtually identical Part 1 and Part 3 language. This leads to duplication between sections and an additional burden of coordination and cross-referencing on the user.  Please see our FAQ for more understanding of how we organize content.

The Design Criteria Documents are located between Division 00 and Division 01, use an adaptation of UniFormat for section scope and overall organization, and use an adaptation the CSI format for Preliminary Project Description for internal organization and facilitate an option to create project narratives organized in Uniformat.

Sections Report

Where do I find _____?  For a more in depth understanding of content available in each section click here to download the Sections  Report.  This continuously updated file in .xlsx format includes the one line summary in the title sequence and the work results available under the Section Includes Article. Use this report as a handy way to locate work results content, a checklist, or conduct a "what's in the job/what should be [not be] in the job" discussion with project team members, etc. There is also a handy link to this report directly from the SLE Start Page.  More specific information is also available in our Supporting Documents, click hereNote: Coming Soon is a new option for this report in the Canadian Content.

Summary of MasterFormat Updates

For details about the latest MasterFormat Updates and look ahead for future MasterFormat Updates click here to go the Summary of Masterformat Update Changes.

Catalogs and Catalog Reports

The database is further divided into catalogs, by design discipline and scope. When you subscribe to BSD SpecLink-E you purchase access only to those catalog(s) that meet your needs. A brief summary of the catalogs appears below. Click on the link to download the latest Catalogs.

Remember that Section Count alone does not determine the volume of content available.  BSD groups work results together under MasterFormat's medium scope levels for the most efficient workflow keeps the section count in your project to only those needed.

Note: Coming Soon is a new article for Canadian Content.

All Catalogs 824 sections total; All Divisions and sections, including Wastewater and Design Criteria.
Comprehensive 744 sections total; All Divisions and sections, excluding Wastewater and Design Criteria.
Architectural 556 sections total; all of Divisions 00 through 14, plus selected sections in Divisions 22, 23, 26, 27, and 28 (mechanical and electrical) and all of Divisions 31, 32, and 33 (site work).
Structural Engineering 226 sections total; all of Divisions 00 and 01; selected sections in Divisions 02 through 10, 12, 13, 23, and 26; all of Division 31 (earthwork).
Civil Engineering 269 sections total; all of Divisions 00, 01, 02, 31, 32, and 33; selected sections in other divisions 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 12, 13, 22, 23, and 26.
Landscape Architecture 263 sections total; all of Divisions 00, 01, and 32; selected sections in other divisions.
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing/Fire Protection 399 sections total; all of Divisions 00, 01, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 33; selected sections in other divisions.
Design Criteria* 174 sections total; 32 Design Criteria sections; all of Divisions 00 and 01.
Water and Wastewater Equipment* 61 sections; all Division 46 sections, selected sections in Division 33; future updates in Divisions 33 and 46.
Outline & Short Form The Outline and Short Form versions only of all sections in all disciplines (with a few exceptions in Divisions 0 and 1 - See sections not available in the OL/SF Catalog). Content suitable for early phase preliminary specs or construction documents for small or low-risk projects, and for subscribers who wish to build their own additional content.

 *Design Criteria and Water and Wastewater Equipment catalogs can be added to any of the other catalogs.