HDR Selects VisiSpecs as Design Specification Solution

Portland, ME  April 25, 2018 –HDR, a global firm that provides architecture, engineering, environmental and construction services, has selected Chalkline’s VisiSpecs, The Visual Specification System, for their design specification solution.

HDR evaluated available commercial specification tools as a replacement for its internally developed specification production tools.  “VisiSpecs was selected based on its quick learning curve, ease of cloud based deployment across the many users within the firm, and ability to integrate with BIM applications,” according to Eric Michnovez, Specification Manager at HDR.

A requirement for the new spec tools was easy deployment with minimal technical support or IT resources.  VisiSpecs has delivered with simple-to-navigate user rights managed by the central HDR Specification Management Team.  “The VisiSpecs Cloud Server allowed users in any location to easily connect to the HDR VisiSpecs Corporate Account with performance that exceeded expectations,” Michnovez said.

Ease of use was critical for HDR as the transition needed to be seamless with a very fast learning curve.  Since VisiSpecs uses Microsoft Word for the editing, publishing, and project management application, HDR provided a short “Quick Start” guide for the installation and getting started tips.  This enabled project team members to continue focusing on their project responsibilities instead of being pulled into training courses.

“Chalkline is happy to have such a well-respected firm evaluate and choose VisiSpecs for their specification solution.  We are also very fortunate to work closely with the HDR Specification Management team collaborating on features, processes, and integrations that improve their implementation as well as the value to all of our customers,” stated Seamus McGrady, COO of Chalkline.

Visit www.chalklineinc.com or email [email protected] 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.

BNIM Selects VisiSpecs for BIM Integrated Specification Solution

Portland, ME  April 18, 2018 – BNIM, an interdisciplinary design firm that is an innovative leader in creating high performance environments, has selected VisiSpecs for specification writing, BIM model integration, and keynote coordination.

BNIM decided to evaluate VisiSpecs to improve the specification writing processes and the ability to leverage integration with their BIM models and keynotes. Just three weeks into their trial of VisiSpecs, users and management gave VisiSpecs resounding approval. The trial showed the ease of upgrading their existing master specifications, timesavings creating new projects, and efficiencies gained through BIM model and keynote integration.

Dev Malik, BNIM COO, stated, “Implementing VisiSpecs at BNIM was streamlined, as our documents imported easily and the learning curve was very short. Using VisiSpecs has helped us to more efficiently utilize our resources while improving spec and model coordination. Project teams who previously avoided using keynotes have now implemented using VisiSpecs to facilitate the generation, updating, and coordination of keynotes across the board.”

“It’s great to have such a well-known leading architectural firm as BNIM evaluate, implement, and recognize the benefits VisiSpecs enables so quickly,” stated Seamus McGrady, COO of Chalkline, Inc.  “VisiSpecs has been developed to take advantage of the tools already in use at firms lowering the learning curve, decreasing the time and resources needed for deployment, and seeing returns on investment faster.”

Visit www.chalklineinc.com or email [email protected] 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’s VisiSpecs Wins Visionary in Technology Award

Portland, ME  January 16, 2018 – Chalkline, Inc. has been named the USA winner of BUILD magazine’s Visionary in Technology award.  This inaugural award program was launched with a focus on companies who are shaping the future of the technology for construction and architecture sectors, and who continue to innovate and develop new techniques.

This award was judged based on merit by the BUILD in-house research team with all potential winners assessed with multiple, relevant criteria, including previous accolades won; company performance over a specified period of time; influence within the industry, sector or region; and client testimonials or recommendations.

“Chalkline’s VisiSpecs applications are a great example of how modern technology can streamline and simplify the way that architects, engineers and designers work,” said Daniel Hornsby, head of features at BUILD magazine. “The BUILD team felt that the VisiSpecs suite was a fantastically innovative range of software, and we wanted to celebrate that with this award.”

Another core focus of the award is the ongoing modernization and digitation of the architecture and construction sectors. With BIM rapidly becoming an industry staple, a key part of the award’s mission was looking at the firms pushing the leading edge of this wave of innovation, and as noted by Hornsby, “VisiSpecs applications are clear front-runners in the category.”

“This prestigious award is another indicator that our continued customer focus and collaboration is helping us to deliver the most beneficial and innovative applications to market,” said Chalkline’s COO, Seamus McGrady. “Our core tenet on developing customer driven and customer verified applications enable us to bring to market solutions that are easy to learn, deploy and manage while delivering quality, time savings, and cost benefits.”

The Visionaries in Technology Award was launched on the back of several smaller features BUILD has run over the past year. These features were well received by their readers, and they saw a rise in the demand for a focused award that both recognized technology firms and showcased their services to the BUILD readership.  As part of winning the award, VisiSpecs is featured in BUILD magazine’s Q1 2018 issue.

Visit www.chalklineinc.com or email [email protected] 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.

 

About BUILD

Keeping pace with a vast array of ever-changing sectors thanks to regular contributions from some of the world’s foremost construction, design and real estate experts and firms, BUILD is home to the very best news, features and comment from the people and institutions in the know.

Taking in everything from the latest products and techniques, to up-to-the-minute design trends and industry-moulding regulations, BUILD should be the first port of call for any construction or property professional looking to remain on the cutting edge when it comes to theirs or related industries.

VisiSpecs Keynoting Solution for Autodesk Revit Now Available

Portland, ME  October 23, 2017 – Chalkline continues development of the next generation of BIM integrated specs integrating specs, keynotes, and the BIM model.  Currently these three disciplines are critical to the quality and coordination of construction documents, yet very separate processes.  Inevitably, errors and omissions cause RFIs, Addendums, and Change Orders with resulting perception of lack of quality product produced.

Design firms realize the benefits in time savings, coordination, and quality checks this integration enables.  Many design firms simply do not attempt to use keynotes referencing specifications due to the level of work required to manually keep them coordinated.

VisiRevit now enables users to manage master keynotes and automatically filter them based on the specifications in the project saving hours of tedious and error prone text editing.  The VisiSpecs Link Console lists all the materials and elements contained in the BIM model with the linked specs.  Now users can directly assign keynotes to those materials and elements with the visual model and linked specs all in view.  VisiSpecs further makes this process more efficient including a search feature while assigning keynotes directly in the VisiSpecs Keynote Tree.

VisiSpecs Keynoting Solution

VisiSpecs provides the most advanced Autodesk Revit Keynote Integration, Management, and Assignment solution.

VisiSpecs also released synchronization of all user updates to keynotes ensuring the most recently updated list of keynotes is available.  VisiSpecs Keynote Manager can be run directly in Autodesk Revit or in Microsoft Word depending on the user preference.  Since the keynote file is saved in the VisiSpecs Cloud Server, users may easily save and access the keynotes in the application they already use.

Customers also requested user roles and permissions be assigned to different users in the organization. Certain users will be managing the master or project keynote list while other users will be assigning those keynotes in Revit.  Additionally, if multiple users are editing keynote files a check-out and check-in process alerts users if another user is editing the file.

Visit www.chalklineinc.com or email [email protected] to learn more about the VisiSpecs Keynote Solutions 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. 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.

Chalkline Adds Floating Licensing and Simplifies Pricing Editions

Portland, ME  August 07, 2017 – Chalkline, Inc. has added floating licensing to VisiSpecs, The Visual Specification System, while also simplifying the package editions.

New Floating Licensing and Simplified Packaged Editions

The existing strategy in pricing and licensing VisiSpecs to enable mid to large corporations the functionality and pricing options to best suit their budgets and implementation plans while also offering the smallest of firms a low entry price point continues.  Larger firms require better user management and collaboration functionality with the ease of data access in the cloud and simple deployment across their offices around the globe.  Smaller firms may initially only need easier and more efficient specification writing and publishing tools.

Floating Licenses are now offered which help in the rapid deployment of applications across a firm while reducing the need to track individual user named licenses.  A pool of licenses enables many more users within the corporate account the ability to install, register, and use VisiSpecs.  Time and cost savings can be seen not only in the license procurement, but also in the management of additional licenses, users, and purchasing as VisiSpecs adoption increases throughout the firm.  The Per User licensing will also continue to help smaller firms and teams implement VisiSpecs at a lower price point.

Chalkline has also reduced the number of packaged Editions from 4 to 3 (Starter, Team, and Company Editions).  This simplification assists clients in finding the right Edition for their needs with fewer Edition changes as their needs grow.  Functionality within the Editions has been updated to reflect the major advancements in VisiSpecs over the past year.

All VisiSpecs Editions now include the integrated Video Tutorials for FREE and Cloud Server storage space limitations have been removed across the board.  VisiSpecs volume based license discounts start at just 11 licenses and the multiyear license discounts are still available.

The time, effort, and cost savings benefits greatly from the VisiSpecs Hybrid Cloud Server deployment.  VisiSpecs data is stored in Microsoft’s Azure Data Centers, which guarantees an industry leading 99.99% availability. All VisiSpecs databases are protected by redundant backups and replicated servers with automatic failover. To ensure availability for disaster recovery purposes, VisiSpecs data is also replicated on a continuous basis to a secondary Microsoft Azure Data Center located in a different geographic region.  This Active Geo-Replication protects the data from a catastrophic failure within the primary data center due to natural disasters or other causes of prolonged downtime.

Seamus McGrady, COO of Chalkline adds, “It is very rewarding to listen, problem solve, and respond to our client requests.  This not only helps with the adoption of our VisiSpecs solutions, but also helps our clients improve and achieve their business goals.”

With all these changes in functionality and pricing options, the initial price point remains at just $49/user/month while the Company Edition pricing is reduced to just $129/user/month.  Floating licenses are an additional 50% and available immediately.  The flexibility for month to month pay as you go payments and licensing will continue.  Educational curriculum licenses are highly encouraged and continue to be freely accessible.

For more information on the VisiSpecs pricing, licensing, and more visit www.chalklineinc.com or email [email protected].

 

 

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.

VisiSpecs Customer Case Studies and Testimonials

VisiSpecs customers share their experiences in Case Studies and Testimonials.

New VisiSpecs Keynote Manager Released by Chalkline

Portland, ME  April 19, 2017 – Chalkline has added another integration tool to VisiSpecs enabling customers to further coordinate construction drawings and specifications.  The new VisiSpecs Keynote Manager not only provides coordination and verification but also saves customers hours on each project eliminating the need to manually filter master keynote lists to project specific lists.

VisiSpecs Keynote Manager integrates the master keynote management and automatic project keynote filtering ensuring high quality and coordination construction documents.

The VisiSpecs Keynote Manager enables customers to import their existing master keynote list instead of creating a new list for each project.  Editing keynotes manually in Excel, Notepad, or 3rd party tools that are not integrated with their BIM models or specifications is time consuming and inevitably causes design errors leading to RFIs, Addendums, and Change Orders.

VisiSpecs Keynote Manager provides complete control over the keynotes including adding, deleting, editing, sorting, and commenting with all modifications tracked by date and user.  With the click of a button, all keynotes linked to specification sections may be included with others filtered out.  VisiSpecs doesn’t force deletion of keynotes so as the design progresses it is easy to automatically add keynotes for sections added while verifying keynotes that are not included for sections that have been removed.  Keynotes may be viewed either in a grid structure making it easy to sort, select, comment, and edit or viewed in a tree structure similar to Autodesk Revit keynote views with the ability to edit the VisiSpecs keynotes directly in the tree view.

VisiSpecs Keynote Manager also offers pre-selection of master keynotes and annotations to be included in all project keynote lists helping to save even more time.  A 3-state selection feature gives users a clearer indication of their choices on the keynotes and ability to export only selected project keynotes from the master list.  Keynote duplicate checking and correction are included along with spell checking to ensure keynote lists are accurate.  Users new to VisiSpecs will find the importing of their project documents and keynotes fast and easy with the immediate benefits of using the new VisiSpecs Keynote Manager and BIM model integration and verification.

Visit www.chalklineinc.com or email [email protected] to learn more about the VisiSpecs Keynote Manager and 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. 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.

Chalkline Releases New Document Formatting Control and Publishing Capabilities

Portland, ME  March 08, 2017 – Chalkline announces the release of VisiWord v17.1 which includes a number of customer driven features and enhancements.  Features include new Design Manager Templates for formatting all documents in a project to ensure a consistent look and feel.  This feature, a high priority for many customers, relieves the tedious and time consuming effort required to format project documents to meet client demands. The VisiSpecs Design Manager controls the look and feel of the documents both during editing as well as publishing submissions.  One format does not fit all client needs.  Changing the page layout, fonts, paragraph spacing, headers/footers, number spacing and more is difficult to do and error prone.   Whether managing the layout and format of a single document or hundreds, VisiSpecs gives users the advanced control over their documents to get their job done faster and to deliver a higher quality product.VisiWord leverages the feature rich editing of Microsoft Word with advanced spec editing tools, centralized documentation management, and project manual publication.

VisiSpecs Automatic Style formatting enables the delivery of the final product in the right format meeting the client’s needs.  The styles may be user defined and vary depending upon the document set as VisiSpecs does not force one format to be used for all documents.  Using the powerful style features of Microsoft Word with the VisiSpecs project document control and publishing delivers the optimal solution.

Engineers are asked to meet the document formatting and Header/Footer requirements of many architects which can be very time consuming and error prone.  With VisiSpecs, Architects can either have the engineer work on the same project through VisiSpecs project sharing or email the architects Design Guide Template which assigns the correct header/footer and format to the engineering documents.

Inserting documents from manufacturers or various web sites requires modifying all the formatting to match the rest of the project documents.  This is also very time consuming requiring stepping through the entire document to match the format, numbering, and layout.  VisiWord v17.1 includes a Style Mapper to quickly convert the styles to a customer’s standard set of styles.  With the consistent set of styles, the ability to reformat the entire project is enabled by the VisiSpecs Automatic Style application in v17.1.

VisiWord v17.1 also includes better user control over the Publishing Path saving time coordinating documents for delivery with all the other project documents.  For project teams, Chalkline also added an Activity Report letting users know what other team members have been doing within the project since their last login.  Additionally, ribbon menu selections have been reorganized facilitating ease of use and time savings.

Those interested in learning more should visit www.chalklineinc.com or email [email protected] 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. 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.

Chalkline Delivers the First Spec Solution that Runs Directly in Autodesk Revit

Portland, ME, February 8, 2017 – Chalkline is pleased to announce the availability of the first application to offer coordinated constructions specification writing directly in Autodesk® Revit®.  VisiSpecs, The Next Generation of BIM Integrated Specifications has taken another leap forward centralizing the construction document coordination with the BIM model.

Project Architects, Engineers, and Designers who are using Autodesk Revit to model their designs are now able to also write the coordinated construction specifications side by side with the model.  As BIM elements get added to the model, the linked specifications for that element can also be included.  As the linked models are added, the specifications for those linked elements can also be added and coordinated with the project specs.  Integration and verification of the BIM model and specs without having to export the model first means tighter integration, simplified processes, less data management, and fewer errors and omissions.  Contractors can easily link the specs and docs to their construction intent BIM model for estimating, bidding, construction administration, as-builts, and commissioning.

VisiRevit

VisiRevit provides the coordination, automation, and verification of the BIM model and specifications reducing design time and errors while improving project data access to the users in the application they already have installed.

Chalkline is delivering the most integrated construction document solutions by leveraging the tools already being used resulting in less implementation effort and higher adoption rates.  VisiWord enables users to edit directly in Microsoft Word with additional spec editing and project management functionality like the customizable project tree, spec editing tools, header/footer and TOC management, and complete publishing of all documents.  As VisiSpecs integrates with client’s BIM model element and material standard naming conventions, the BIM model does not need be changed in any way.  This enables immediate integration of the BIM model and specifications delivering more coordination and verification improving product quality.

“VisiSpecs’ integration, coordination, and verification of the project specifications directly in Revit is a great example of an Autodesk Development Network partner’s solutions,” said Jim Quanci, director of the Autodesk Developer Network.  “VisiSpecs brings together two separate processes creating a design environment enabling our customers to produce coordinated construction documents while saving time and reducing design errors and omissions.”

VisiWord is document neutral and BIM models don’t have to change meaning clients are able to download the Free VisiSpecs Trial and immediately link their models and specs.  Spec editing in Microsoft Word is both familiar and feature rich while the enhanced editing features and publication tools provide time and cost savings in writing project manuals.  Team collaborators can simply open Word to read and comment on specs as well as other related project files and data linked in the project.  As the BIM model and specs continue to be designed and written, the verification and coordination checks are done either in Revit or in VisiView for those not using Revit.

“We are proud to be delivering this major upgrade to the BIM users,” said Michael Brennan, CEO and President of Chalkline, Inc.  “Listening and working closely with our clients has enabled us to focus on the right solution delivering the highest value.”

VisiSpecs upgrades the editing and publication tools for specifiers while simplifying the BIM model coordination process by not forcing any changes to the existing models.  VisiSpecs can also help to highlight areas of the model needing improvement or data changes further improving the quality of product delivered.  Through live model and spec coordination directly in Autodesk Revit, users are not left wondering how old the data is and what has changed since their export.

Those interested in learning more should visit www.chalklineinc.com or email [email protected] 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. 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.

See VisiSpecs BIM Integrated Specs + Docs in a Live Webinar

Portland, ME  December 9, 2016 – Chalkline is pleased to announce the scheduling of Free Live Webinars.  Attendees will learn about the Chalkline company and strategy, VisiSpecs BIM integrated Specs + Docs applications, and the ease of implementing VisiSpecs at their firm.

VisiWord, VisiView, and VisiRevit applications will be shown and there should be ample time for Q&A.

VisiSpecs Webinars are FREE, but do require registration.  Visit the VisiSpecs Events page for more details.

 

VisiView

VisiView provides visual and data access to the model along with automation and verification enabling highly coordinated project documents to be designed and delivered.