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 [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.

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 [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 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 [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. 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 [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 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 [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.  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 [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.  For more information, visit www.chalklineinc.com.

VisiSpecs Adds Major New Functionality in 2019 Release

Portland, ME  January 22, 2019 – Chalkline has released a major update to VisiSpecs, The Visual Specification System.  New publication, doc formatting, and more BIM integration and collaboration tools lead the new functionality list.  Chalkline is working closely with VisiSpecs users to improve efficiencies while adding new value add features.  Customers requesting product improvements or reporting issues are seeing a rapid turnaround with Chalkline’s rolling release schedule.

VisiSpecs enables non-Revit users to integrate, collaborate, and verify the model and spec coordination in the familiar Microsoft Word application.

Chalkline has increased its market leading BIM integration functionality in VisiSpecs v19 enabling Microsoft Word users to access Autodesk® Revit® BIM model data for integration, collaboration, and verification purposes.  VisiRevit includes a VisiSpecs Cloud Server sync of the model data including elements, materials, sheets, views, and type properties.  VisiWord users can then view and markup the sheets and views collaborating with the rest of the team and easily see a list of what has been added, removed, or changed in the BIM model since the last sync.  Non-Revit users can link the model elements and materials to the required specs directly in VisiWord, automatically insert the required specs, and verify the coordination of the production set of drawings and specs prior to submission reducing RFIs, addendums, and change orders.

Publication of the project manual includes new functionality with v19 such as new Table of Contents (TOC) templates and processing, automatic application of Page Layouts to all project docs, and easier management of PDF files imported into the project.  The new TOC templates are based on customer requests including issued and revised dates, project and document merge fields, page counts for all project files, and more control over the style format of the TOC doc.  The new TOC integration with Microsoft Word enables advanced style and formatting control in a familiar user application reducing the learning curve.

Users with large deployments across their enterprise will also see the requested project search capability and administrative control over external users and shared projects.  All users will appreciate a new local user settings storage container maintaining preferences and settings after a Windows, Word, or VisiWord software update.  VisiSpecs V19.0 also includes more help messages built into the applications reducing new user learning curve, better local file management, and improvements on the new user experience.  Customer input and priority assignment continue to be critical to Chalkline’s product development process.

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

Stellar Improving Design Process and Efficiencies with VisiSpecs

Portland, ME  September 18, 2018 – Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services worldwide, is improving their design process leveraging VisiSpecs, The Visual Specification System.

Stellar evaluated VisiSpecs to improve the efficiency of their spec writing process as well as improve the design processes integrating their BIM models to the required specifications.  It was quickly determined that VisiSpecs was an improvement to their current processes and could be implemented rapidly as VisiSpecs is built on the familiar Microsoft Word and Autodesk Revit applications already in use at Stellar.  The Free Trial enabled Stellar to import their master documents, use the editing and publishing functionality, and test the ease of integration with their existing BIM models.

Stellar used their existing master specifications in the trial which included their lessons learned and design preferences.  Using VisiWord, Stellar quickly learned that the editing features, customizable project tree, and publishing features worked seamlessly with their existing specifications.  Stellar needed an easy to use and deploy application as many users across the firm are involved in the design specifications.  The VisiSpecs Cloud Server and familiar Microsoft Word platform satisfied these requirements.

“We found VisiSpecs to be very easy to use and transition into from our previous application,” stated Freida Speicher, Design Project Manager at Stellar.  “We will very quickly be leveraging the VisiSpecs BIM integration into our practice further streamlining our design practices and product delivery.”

“We are very happy Stellar decided to trial VisiSpecs to feel comfortable there would be an improvement in their design process,” stated Seamus McGrady, COO of Chalkline, Inc.  “Integrating the spec writing process with the BIM modeling design not only improves coordination but also saves firms time creating consistent high-quality products.”

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.

Architectural Nexus Selects VisiSpecs for Design Specification Solution

Portland, ME  August 28, 2018 – Architectural Nexus, a full service architectural firm, has selected VisiSpecs, The Visual Specification System, as their specification solution and for its multiple studios and regional offices.

Architectural Nexus is a multi-disciplinary, people-driven design firm practicing throughout the western United States. By focusing on people rather than buildings, Arch Nexus designs projects and creates places that not only work well, but also help people be healthy, happy, and productive. Through purposeful design, people are inspired to achieve greatness and be more active stewards of the built and natural environments.

Architectural Nexus trialed VisiSpecs on a fast track project to determine how easy it was to use and the time savings was significant over their current spec applications.  The first project had such great success they immediately decided to follow up on a second project.  Aaron Arbuckle, Principal at Architectural Nexus who oversees standards, confirmed the choice to rollout VisiSpecs stating, “After editing just two sections I found VisiSpecs was not only very easy to learn and use but also saved us hours of time in the editing and publishing process.”

Seamus McGrady, COO of Chalkline, adds “our focus has always been on delivering easy to install, learn and use applications that have a fast return on investment.  We are happy Architectural Nexus decided to give VisiSpecs a try and look forward to hearing more about their implementation and feedback on improving our applications and processes.”

The VisiSpecs Free 30-Day Trial allows ample time for clients to import their specification documents, learn to use the functionality and process, and even integrated with their BIM models.  As VisiWord is a Microsoft Word Add-In, users are on a familiar application and simply learn to use the project management, doc editing, reporting and publishing features.  VisiSpecs doesn’t require customers to change their BIM model or processes so linking the required specs to the model elements and materials is immediate.  Customers can quickly understand the benefits and time saving features using their documents and models making their decision to deploy an easy one.

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.

VisiSpecs Adds Major new Functionality in V18.1 Release

Portland, ME  August 21, 2018 – Chalkline has released new BIM and Spec integration functionality directly into Microsoft Word enabling more automation and time savings.

BIM Integration in VisiWord

Non-BIM users can integration, automate, and coordinate specs with the BIM models directly in Microsoft Word.

Chalkline released the first BIM integrated specification solution that runs directly in Autodesk® Revit® 18 months ago.  It has now brought that integration and coordination directly into Microsoft Word for those users without access to Autodesk Revit.  Specifiers and designers can now create the integration between the model elements and materials and the required specifications directly in Word.  Coordination issues are flagged for users reducing the RFIs and Addendums due to errors and omissions.  Details on what has been added, removed, and changed in the model since the last model sync is also available helping users easily understand possible conflicts and updates required.

Project Key Filters can now automatically include or strikeout project specific language in all the project language such as whether this is a LEED project or what building codes will be used.  Set the project criteria once and have all project documents updated automatically ensuring a higher level of consistency while saving time editing specifications.

Document Key Filters enable users to create a document specific checklist with links to all the related paragraph and bracket items required.  When a product is selected all the required language will be included and for products not selected those related items will be removed.

VisiSpecs Filters all include simple built-in tools for creating and previewing so users can easily manage how the document will be modified based on the applied filters.

VisiSpecs V18.1 also includes the automatic inclusion of PDF Project Manual bookmarks making reading and navigating the manual much easier.  Additional project management, publishing, and Word document management features requested by customers have also been added to the release.  Customer input and priority assignment continue to be critical to Chalkline’s product development process.

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