Syska Hennessy Improves Specification Writing with VisiSpecs

Portland, Maine (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 significant 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 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.

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About Chalkline, Inc.

Chalkline is the developer of VisiSpecs®, a next-generation suite of applications to visually document, coordinate, and verify BIM models and project specifications. VisiSpecs is a hybrid cloud solution, meaning its 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 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