VisiSpecs v21.0 Released with New Reporting, Collaboration, Keynoting, and BIM Integration Features

Portland, ME   June 16, 2021 – Chalkline has released the v21.0 major upgrade to VisiSpecs, The Visual Specification System, providing customer requested features including flexible data reporting, collaboration markup tools, advanced BIM model integration and query tools, SpecsIntact UFGS integration, and more.

BIM integration and coordination is finding discrepancies between the specs and the model elements helping to improve product quality and reduce errors and omissions.  New VisiSpecs functionality in the coordination process help users to filter and focus on the alerts they need to respond to.  Specifiers not familiar with the modeling tools can now easily access the data and model views directly from the VisiSpecs tools they are familiar with.

Customers have also asked for access to any of the spec data for export to Excel Reports.  Mockups, Pre-Installation Conferences, Submittals, Extra Materials, QA, Testing, and more are now easily exported to Excel with the ability to save and reuse the Template Reports across the company.  Outline reporting helps teams focus on the areas of interest and the level of detail needed throughout the design stages.

Collaboration among the team members has been difficult using multiple tool sets, manually comparing the markups to the documents of record, and not being able to store the markups directly within the editing tools.  VisiSpecs now enabled specifiers to set the level of restriction desired for collaborators such as Read Only, Track Change and Comment Only, Comment Only, or Full Edit Rights.  The document markup status is easily viewed in the Project Tree with the ability to archive markups as child documents for easy view/retrieval as needed. Project Team members can edit in the Word application they are already familiar with.  Adding related documents such as cut-sheets, submittals, and links to other sites are all organized within the VisiSpecs project tree further saving time and improving collaboration.

The VisiSpecs Keynoting applications are integrated with the specs helping firms automate the selection of the keynotes for detailers to use which reduce time and errors in drawings.  The advanced keynote assignment through the Link Console listing all the Elements and Materials in the model further saves time.  VisiSpecs now includes the ability to Zoom to Keynote and Element which opens the views and sheets and automatically zooms so the user can quickly fix and verify the coordination. New keynote editing features also include the automatic reordering of keynotes as insertions are made and drag-and-drop keynote organization features.

VisiSpecs v21.0 also includes the Federal SpecsIntact UFGS integration.  Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS) are a joint effort of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (HQ AFCEC) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  The integration enables better design coordination with the model and the specs as well as delivery of the linked project to the client.

All customers under subscription have been updated with VisiSpecs V21.0.  Visit www.chalklineinc.com or email info@chalklineinc.com to learn more about VisiSpecs and to request a free trial, register for live webinars, see customer testimonials, and download product information.

About Chalkline, Inc.

Chalkline is the developer of VisiSpecsTM, the next generation suite of applications to visually document, coordinate, and verify the BIM models and project specifications. The technology visionary award winning VisiSpecs is a hybrid cloud solution where it’s desktop and mobile applications store and access the model and specification data on the Company's cloud servers for easy access and collaboration among distributed team members.  VisiSpecs is built on the familiar applications already in use resulting in minimal training and setup time. Users can easily integrate their own masters and project documents with the project models to accomplish true BIM integration without learning to use complicated model applications and without a lengthy integration process. And for those that do use the model applications, VisiSpecs provides direct, integrated access to the project specifications and documentation.  For more information, visit www.chalklineinc.com.

Chalkline Releases VisiSpecs Integration with Federal SpecsIntact UFGS Specs

Portland, ME  June 8, 2021 – Chalkline, Inc. released the BIM integration and coordination tool set for Federal SpecsIntact projects utilizing the Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS).  New functionality developed in VisiSpecs include UFGS Master synchronization tools, SpecsIntact project management tools, and integration and access of the UFGS project specs directly in Autodesk Revit applications. The BIM integration will result in higher quality and coordinated design documents as well as an integrated project delivered to clients.

VisiSpecs with SpecsIntact UFGS Integration

Chalkline has released VisiSpecs Integration with the Federal SpecsIntact Unified Field Guide Specification (UFGS) Specs

Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS) are a joint effort of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (HQ AFCEC) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). UFGS are for use in specifying construction for the military services.

A BIM Subject Matter Expert stated “VisiSpecs usage within our organization has shown time/labor savings of 4 times over our previous MS Word editing process and supports the wide variety of projects and masters used here.” VisiSpecs integration with Microsoft Word enables easy access to specs and related files, a quick learning curve, support for the widest variety of specs, and the robust and familiar Microsoft Word feature set.

VisiSpecs enables integration of documents with the BIM model without any model changes required facilitating design and construction coordination and ease of data access. The BIM SME added, “Where VisiSpecs really shines is the simple and intuitive linking between our Autodesk Revit content and the required spec sections enabling a more seamless design process. The integration of the model and specs can be shared with the Client for use in review, construction, commissioning, and other processes. Now the coordination between our designers and the spec writers is seamless, they all work out of a unique platform.” Additionally, VisiSpecs provides keynote management, keynote assignment to BIM elements, and verification tools improving design quality while saving coordination time.

The new VisiSpecs SpecsIntact (UFGS) integration enables central storage of all project design specification data directly from Microsoft Word, yet the familiar editing with the SpecsIntact Editor. The automation and coordination of the required UFGS project specs based on the model key links saves time while decreasing errors and omissions. Ease of access to the linked UFGS specs based on the selection of a model element facilitates data access through the visual 3D model. Delivery of the integrated project model and specs enhances the client access, verification, and future build phases.

The VisiSpecs SpecsIntact integration is bundled with VisiSpecs subscriptions without any additional licensing fees. Visit www.chalklineinc.com or email info@chalklineinc.com to learn more about VisiSpecs and to request a free trial, register for live webinars, see customer testimonials, and download product information.

About Chalkline, Inc.

Chalkline is the developer of VisiSpecsTM, the next generation suite of applications to visually document, coordinate, and verify the BIM models and project specifications. The technology visionary award winning VisiSpecs is a hybrid cloud solution where it’s desktop and mobile applications store and access the model and specification data on the Company's cloud servers for easy access and collaboration among distributed team members.  VisiSpecs is built on the familiar applications already in use resulting in minimal training and setup time. Users can easily integrate their own masters and project documents with the project models to accomplish true BIM integration without learning to use complicated model applications and without a lengthy integration process. And for those that do use the model applications, VisiSpecs provides direct, integrated access to the project specifications and documentation.  For more information, visit www.chalklineinc.com.

Case Study – TowerPinkster Upgrades Spec Solution

Portland, ME  January 12, 2021 – Chalkline, Inc. has published a Case Study on TowerPinkster’s evaluation, selection, and success of deploying and using VisiSpecs.

TowerPinkster wanted to better utilize their BIM models to create and keep in sync the design specifications.  After evaluating spec applications, the decision to select VisiSpecs was easy based on the ease of migrating their current specs, the short learning curve, and time saving features over their old process.  Distributing the spec writing tasks across the firm to a diverse user base who might only use the tools a few times in a year required intuitive and easy to use tools.  “Our users editing specifications have all given positive feedback reinforcing our decision to go with VisiSpecs,” stated Lyal Ward, Senior Mechanical Engineer at TowerPinkster.

Read about the evaluation, selection, and deployment of VisiSpecs at TowerPinkster.

Read the complete Case Study and other customer testimonials here.

Visit www.chalklineinc.com or email info@chalklineinc.com to learn more about the VisiSpecs applications, request a free trial, register for live webinars, see customer testimonials, and download product information.

About Chalkline, Inc.

Chalkline is the developer of VisiSpecsTM, the next generation suite of applications to visually document, coordinate, and verify the BIM models and project specifications. The technology visionary award winning VisiSpecs is a hybrid cloud solution where it’s desktop and mobile applications store and access the model and specification data on the Company's cloud servers for easy access and collaboration among distributed team members.  VisiSpecs is built on the familiar applications already in use resulting in minimal training and setup time. Users can easily integrate their own masters and project documents with the project models to accomplish true BIM integration without learning to use complicated model applications and without a lengthy integration process. And for those that do use the model applications, VisiSpecs provides direct, integrated access to the project specifications and documentation.  For more information, visit www.chalklineinc.com.

Case Study – Black & Veatch Upgrade to VisiSpecs Exceeds Expectations

Portland, ME  December 1, 2020 – Chalkline, Inc. has published a Case Study on the selection, implementation, and success of deploying and using VisiSpecs at Black & Veatch.

The Black & Veatch evaluation of available spec tools quickly showed VisiSpecs not only met the company’s needs, but provided additional submittal reporting, editing features, and publishing capabilities exceeding expectations. Specific features users liked were the automatic Doc Outliner spec editing tool, submittal reporting, automatic header/footer and table of contents creation, and Microsoft Word familiarity, all of which exceeded expectations. “The upgrade to VisiSpecs for our engineers has been a smooth process with high user adoption and low tech support.  I highly recommend VisiSpecs,” stated Michael Etheridge, Global Chief Engineer, Black & Veatch.

VisiSpecs is exceeding expectations at Black & Veatch – read the latest Case Study.

Read the complete Case Study and other customer testimonials here.

Visit www.chalklineinc.com or email info@chalklineinc.com to learn more about the VisiSpecs applications, request a free trial, register for live webinars, see customer testimonials, and download product information.

About Chalkline, Inc.

Chalkline is the developer of VisiSpecsTM, the next generation suite of applications to visually document, coordinate, and verify the BIM models and project specifications. The technology visionary award winning VisiSpecs is a hybrid cloud solution where it’s desktop and mobile applications store and access the model and specification data on the Company's cloud servers for easy access and collaboration among distributed team members.  VisiSpecs is built on the familiar applications already in use resulting in minimal training and setup time. Users can easily integrate their own masters and project documents with the project models to accomplish true BIM integration without learning to use complicated model applications and without a lengthy integration process. And for those that do use the model applications, VisiSpecs provides direct, integrated access to the project specifications and documentation.  For more information, visit www.chalklineinc.com.

Syska Hennessy Improves Specification Writing with VisiSpecs

Portland, ME  November 18, 2020 – Syska Hennessy Group, Inc., a leading global engineering firm with more than 500 professionals across 18 offices, has selected VisiSpecs, The Visual Specification System, as their enterprise wide platform for specification writing. Syska Hennessy specializes in full-service MEP, information and communication technology, architectural lighting, vertical transportation, and commissioning.

Syska Hennessy did a thorough evaluation of competing specification writing solutions and chose VisiSpecs by Chalkline.  With their variety of clients and projects, Syska Hennessy needed a specification system that could easily import not only their company master and project specs, but also client provided specifications for some projects.  VisiSpecs provided a central solution for all specifications and projects using a familiar user interface simplifying the deployment, project access, and application management.

Syska Hennessy quickly realized the familiar user interface in Microsoft Word would be easy to learn and use even for the occasional user.  The additional functionality including status flags, related files linked to specs, customizable project tree, reporting, and publishing features will encourage high user adoption building on a program staff already use.  A major reason VisiSpecs was selected was the ease of importing, formatting, and publishing specifications, which is important as the project format requirements changed from project to project.  These spec formatting abilities alone are expected to provide a large savings in staff time as well as increase consistency of project delivery when delivering multiple projects with the same architect.

VisiSpecs will also enable Syska Hennessy to integrate and coordinate their BIM models and keynoting process, which will be implemented in a future phase of the rollout.  The flexibility of the VisiSpecs Project Tree and document management will be evaluated for integrating their proposal process with time saving checklists, editing, and publishing.  “The ability for our staff to use one program for several types of document editing and achieve a time savings is a big advantage over purchasing standalone individual solutions as it will lead to higher familiarity and adoption,” stated Matthew Brady, Senior Associate at Syska Hennessy.

“We are very proud to be selected by leading industry firms including Syska Hennessy.  In a very short time customers can recognize the value they can achieve not only for their spec writing needs, but a future path for integrating other processes with the flexibility we have developed in VisiSpecs,” stated Seamus McGrady, COO of Chalkline, Inc.

Visit www.chalklineinc.com or email info@chalklineinc.com to learn more about the VisiSpecs applications, request a free trial, register for live webinars, see customer testimonials, and download product information.

About Chalkline, Inc.

Chalkline is the developer of VisiSpecsTM, the next generation suite of applications to visually document, coordinate, and verify the BIM models and project specifications. The technology visionary award winning VisiSpecs is a hybrid cloud solution where it’s desktop and mobile applications store and access the model and specification data on the Company's cloud servers for easy access and collaboration among distributed team members.  VisiSpecs is built on the familiar applications already in use resulting in minimal training and setup time. Users can easily integrate their own masters and project documents with the project models to accomplish true BIM integration without learning to use complicated model applications and without a lengthy integration process. And for those that do use the model applications, VisiSpecs provides direct, integrated access to the project specifications and documentation.  For more information, visit www.chalklineinc.com.

Case Study – HDR has a Highly Successful Implementation of VisiSpecs

Portland, ME  September 22, 2020 – Chalkline, Inc. has published a Case Study on the selection, implementation, and success HDR has achieved using VisiSpecs, The Visual Specification System.

HDR has expertise spanning more than 10,000 employees in more than 200 locations around the world – and counting.  The Case Study outlines the requirements including ease of deployment, migration, user acceptance, and the ability for vendor supplied training, vendor support, and a feedback system that led to functionality updates.  “Using VisiSpecs has enabled HDR to easily roll out the software, with very high user acceptance, technical support is very low, and rapid response by Chalkline is helpful in deploying and supporting HDR’s VisiSpecs implementation,” stated Eric Michnovez, HDR.

HDR Case Study Implementing VisiSpecs

The implementation of VisiSpecs at HDR is highly successful with over 1,200 user installations and over 1000 projects so far.

Read the complete Case Study and other customer testimonials here.

Visit www.chalklineinc.com or email info@chalklineinc.com to learn more about the VisiSpecs applications, request a free trial, register for live webinars, see customer testimonials, and download product information.

About Chalkline, Inc.

Chalkline is the developer of VisiSpecsTM, the next generation suite of applications to visually document, coordinate, and verify the BIM models and project specifications. The technology visionary award winning VisiSpecs is a hybrid cloud solution where it’s desktop and mobile applications store and access the model and specification data on the Company's cloud servers for easy access and collaboration among distributed team members.  VisiSpecs is built on the familiar applications already in use resulting in minimal training and setup time. Users can easily integrate their own masters and project documents with the project models to accomplish true BIM integration without learning to use complicated model applications and without a lengthy integration process. And for those that do use the model applications, VisiSpecs provides direct, integrated access to the project specifications and documentation.  For more information, visit www.chalklineinc.com.

Chalkline Releases Major VisiSpecs v20.2 Update

Portland, ME  September 16, 2020 – Chalkline has released a major upgrade to VisiSpecs, The Visual Specification System, in multiple areas of the products and user management.

Keynote Management and Assignment has been very popular with customers needing to improve efficiencies and identify coordination issues easier.  VisiSpecs v20.2 updates the Keynote Management with a new Keynote File Manager giving customers the ability to track keynote files with user and version information, new user access restrictions, and streamlined new project setup.  The VisiSpecs Keynote Manager includes customer requested features such as Approval status for management overseeing keynote selection and verbiage, easier new keynote creation, and multiple new user interface improvements.

VisiSpecs Keynote Manager simplifies management with powerful spec integration and drawing coordination tools.

In addition to the management of keynotes and keynote files, the VisiSpecs v20.2 applications include assignment and verification tools enabling customers to streamline their processes even further.   Selection of keynotes for assignment, approval of keynotes, and user roles for managing versus assigning keynotes facilitates improved product design and delivery. With keynote management in Autodesk Revit as well as Microsoft Word, managers can now review selection of keynotes and their drawing assignment and placement improving design quality.  VisiSpecs new Zoom to keynote feature makes it fast and easy to review and correct keynote assignment, placement, and missing keynotes enabling easier verification and access to data.

Document Parameters have been added which enable customers to better manage and report on criteria such as document volume, reviewer, issue dates, discipline and user defined parameters with easy assignment, viewing, selection, and reporting on parameters.  Additional user requested features such as new user roles, user management, simplified project access, Split Face linking to specs for finishes, the ability to restore deleted projects, document filter automation improvements, BIM 360 doc management support, and improved Newforma Submittal integration.

All customers under subscription have been updated with v20.2 VisiSpecs.  Visit www.chalklineinc.com or email info@chalklineinc.com to learn more about the VisiSpecs applications, request a free trial, register for live webinars, see customer testimonials, and download product information.

 

 

About Chalkline, Inc.

Chalkline is the developer of VisiSpecsTM, the next generation suite of applications to visually document, coordinate, and verify the BIM models and project specifications. The technology visionary award winning VisiSpecs is a hybrid cloud solution where it’s desktop and mobile applications store and access the model and specification data on the Company's cloud servers for easy access and collaboration among distributed team members.  VisiSpecs is built on the familiar applications already in use resulting in minimal training and setup time. Users can easily integrate their own masters and project documents with the project models to accomplish true BIM integration without learning to use complicated model applications and without a lengthy integration process. And for those that do use the model applications, VisiSpecs provides direct, integrated access to the project specifications and documentation. Autodesk, the Autodesk logo and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. For more information, visit www.chalklineinc.com.

Case Study – BNIM Achieves Higher Level of Design Coordination

Portland, ME  May 12, 2020 – Chalkline, Inc. has published a Case Study on the evaluation, implementation, and success BNIM has achieved using VisiSpecs, The Visual Specification System.

BNIM is an architectural firm based in Kansas City, Missouri, that has built a national reputation for excellence in architecture, planning, interior design, and landscape architecture. The Case Study outlines the evaluation process and success achieved implementing the VisiSpecs BIM Integrated Specification solutions.  “VisiSpecs was given an overwhelming thumbs up by our trial users. It has enabled us to allocate the time saved during writing and publishing to do more Specification Master updates and Quality Control,” stated Sarah Hirsch, Associate Principal at BNIM.

BIM model and spec coordination is a standard process on projects helping to achieve higher levels of design coordination which were previously not available without VisiSpecs.

Read the complete Case Study and other customer testimonials here.

Visit www.chalklineinc.com or email info@chalklineinc.com to learn more about the VisiSpecs applications, request a free trial, register for live webinars, see customer testimonials, and download product information.

About Chalkline, Inc.

Chalkline is the developer of VisiSpecsTM, the next generation suite of applications to visually document, coordinate, and verify the BIM models and project specifications. The technology visionary award winning VisiSpecs is a hybrid cloud solution where it’s desktop and mobile applications store and access the model and specification data on the Company's cloud servers for easy access and collaboration among distributed team members.  VisiSpecs is built on the familiar applications already in use resulting in minimal training and setup time. Users can easily integrate their own masters and project documents with the project models to accomplish true BIM integration without learning to use complicated model applications and without a lengthy integration process. And for those that do use the model applications, VisiSpecs provides direct, integrated access to the project specifications and documentation.  For more information, visit www.chalklineinc.com.

Chalkline Releases Major Updates to Keynote Management Application

Portland, ME  February 26, 2020 – Chalkline, Inc. has released a major update to the VisiSpecs Keynote Manager responding to demand for spec integration and coordination and keynotes.  Working closely with users providing valuable input into the functionality, the update is available to all users in both VisiWord and VisiRevit applications.

Integrate and automate keynote selection with project specs with verification prior to submission of drawings.

Project Architects and Engineers have been manually typing text drawing notes which wasted a lot of time and did not provide any consistency in naming conventions.  Further delays and issues were found assigning keynotes to model elements and materials without basic features like search, comments, and the ability to edit keynotes on the fly.

Additionally, the lack of coordination with the design specifications required manual and error prone coordination checking to determine which keynotes to provide the detailers.  Otherwise, detailers were easily selecting the wrong keynotes from the master list resulting in further errors and omissions.  Without automatic coordination with the project specifications, keynotes were a separate island of data to maintain with inevitable coordination errors introduced.

Designers wanted a consistent set of approved annotations integrated with the project specs ensuring repeatable high-quality product delivered to Owners. 

Chalkline released the first available keynoting solution providing integration with the specifications, easy assignment to model elements and materials, and verification of placed keynotes on the drawings.  The VisiSpecs Keynote Manager is directly in Autodesk Revit or Microsoft Word which users already have installed and use rather than learning a new tool set.  Automatic filtering of master keynote files based on the project specifications provides huge time savings over manual processes.  Keynote comments assist management and detailers in tracking when and where certain keynotes should be used.  As the project specs and modeling phases continue, the VisiSpecs Keynote Management provides fast and easy coordination checks tracking which keynotes have been assigned and which have been placed on the drawings.

VisiSpecs Keynote Assigner

VisiSpecs Keynote Assigner saves time with included search, comments, editing, and selection features.

All customers under subscription have access to the Keynote Management functionality which is integrated into all VisiSpecs licenses.

Those interested in learning more should visit www.chalklineinc.com or email info@chalklineinc.com to request the free trial, register for live webinars, see customer testimonials, and download product information.

 

About Chalkline, Inc.

Chalkline is the developer of VisiSpecsTM, the next generation suite of applications to visually document, coordinate, and verify the BIM models and project specifications. The technology visionary award winning VisiSpecs is a hybrid cloud solution where it’s desktop and mobile applications store and access the model and specification data on the Company's cloud servers for easy access and collaboration among distributed team members.  VisiSpecs is built on the familiar applications already in use resulting in minimal training and setup time. Users can easily integrate their own masters and project documents with the project models to accomplish true BIM integration without learning to use complicated model applications and without a lengthy integration process. And for those that do use the model applications, VisiSpecs provides direct, integrated access to the project specifications and documentation.  For more information, visit www.chalklineinc.com.

VisiSpecs v2019.1 released with Newforma Integration, Enterprise Level User Management, and New Automated Editing Features.

Portland, ME  October 1, 2019 – Chalkline, Inc. has released a major update to VisiSpecs responding to customer requests for functionality to extend the value of their construction specification process with other tools, new administrative user management tools and advanced editing preview functionality.

Customers requesting further use of their specification data now have direct integration to submittal tracking in Newforma.  The direct integration removes the previous manual process of extracting and formatting specification data.

“As customers realize their feature requests are not only listened to but delivered in upcoming releases, the more comfortable and helpful the customers become asking for new functionality,” states Seamus McGrady, COO of Chalkline, Inc.  “VisiSpecs is a customer driven application which allows users to help mold the functionality and usability which ultimately increases the value within their organization.”

An upcoming solution will also provide customer requested features to add value to the VisiSpecs Keynote Manager and Keynote Application tool as well as User Management updates.

All customers under subscription have the latest v2019.1 release.

Those interested in learning more should visit www.chalklineinc.com or email info@chalklineinc.com to request the free trial, register for live webinars, see customer testimonials, and download product information.

 

About Chalkline, Inc.

Chalkline is the developer of VisiSpecsTM, the next generation suite of applications to visually document, coordinate, and verify the BIM models and project specifications. The technology visionary award winning VisiSpecs is a hybrid cloud solution where it’s desktop and mobile applications store and access the model and specification data on the Company's cloud servers for easy access and collaboration among distributed team members.  VisiSpecs is built on the familiar applications already in use resulting in minimal training and setup time. Users can easily integrate their own masters and project documents with the project models to accomplish true BIM integration without learning to use complicated model applications and without a lengthy integration process. And for those that do use the model applications, VisiSpecs provides direct, integrated access to the project specifications and documentation.  For more information, visit www.chalklineinc.com.