VisiSpecs v21.0 Released with New Reporting, Collaboration, Keynoting, and BIM Integration Features
Portland, Maine (June 16, 2021) – Chalkline has released the v21.0 major upgrade to VisiSpecs, The Visual Specification System, providing customer-requested features such as flexible data reporting, collaboration markup tools, advanced BIM model integration and query tools, SpecsIntact UFGS integration, and more.
BIM integration and coordination help to find discrepancies between the specs and the model elements, which improves product quality and reduces errors and omissions. New VisiSpecs functionality in the coordination process helps 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, 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 reduces 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 www.chalklineinc.com.