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George A. Everding, AIA, CSI, CCS, CCCA
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Username: geverding

Post Number: 78
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 03:05 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Are these obsolete terms now? I've found them helpful in class because they are easily understandable for most students, and Id like to keep using them informally even if they are no longer official.

Under MF04, does Level 2 = broad scope; Level 3 = medium scope, and Level 4 = narrow scope? Exactly equal, essentially equal, generally equal, or not equal at all?
Colin Gilboy
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Username: colin

Post Number: 6
Registered: 09-2005
Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 03:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

I use the terms this way when talking with manufacturers:

XX 3XXX as broadscope

XX 34XX as medium scope - yes there are 2 levels in the first 2 digits

XX 341x as fine scope. As CSI typically uses 13, 16 and 19 so that there is only one level at the at pair of digits.

4specs uses 2 levels with the 3 pair of digits, as does CSI in the second pair.
Margaret G. Chewning FCSI CCS
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Username: presbspec

Post Number: 74
Registered: 01-2003
Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 03:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

In the presentations I've been making on MF 04 and have used for a number of years since they came out with the Levels discription, you are correct. Divisions = Level 1, Broadscope = level 2, mediumscope = level 3 and narrow scope = level 4. Altho' that 4th level is after the decimal in MF 04 so I 'spect level 3 and 4 may share that last pair of the 6 digits in many section designations.
David R. Combs, CSI, CCS, CCCA, MAI
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Username: davidcombs

Post Number: 82
Registered: 08-2004
Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 03:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post



Except where in MF '95 each Level was a single digit, in MF '04, each Level is a PAIR of digits (with Level 4 being AFTER the decimal point).

Level 1 remains the Division number.
Kristin C Kennedy RA CCS CSI
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Username: kkennedy

Post Number: 10
Registered: 09-2004
Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 03:29 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

MasterFormat 2004 in Ten Easy Lessons explains broad scope / medium scope VS. levels in one easy lesson.

George A. Everding, AIA, CSI, CCS, CCCA
Senior Member
Username: geverding

Post Number: 79
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 - 03:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Excellent answers! Thanks for your quick response, particularly for the link to 10 Easy Lessons.

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