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Colin Gilboy
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Post Number: 41
Registered: 05-2000
Posted on Sunday, February 16, 2003 - 01:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

SHORT-FORM SPECIFICATIONS - 8

Copyright 2000 by Herman R. Hoyer, PE, FCSI, CCS


For this installment of the column, we will cover Tenet No. 4 as follows:

THE USE OF "STREAMLINING" TO SHORTEN SENTENCE STRUCTURE

Definition: "Streamlining" is the specification practice of employing the
colon ( : ) as a symbol representing one of the following verbal phrases or
expressions:

Shall be
Shall have
Shall conform with
Shall comply with
Shall meet the requirements of

Examples where the colon ( : ) represents "shall be":

A. Mortar: Type S mortar conforming with the California Building Code,
Chapter 24, and ASTM C270.

B. Steel Materials to Receive Spray-Applied Fireproofing: Power-tool cleaned
in accordance with SSPC-SP 3 to remove mill scale, rust, grease, oil, paint,
and any other loose or foreign material.

C. Paint: Corrosion-inhibitive protective primer conforming with SSPC-PA-1
or SSPC-Paint System 7.01.

Example where the colon ( : ) represents "shall have":

A. Masonry Units: Integral color as selected by the Architect from
manufacturer's standards.

Examples where the colon ( : ) represents "shall conform with" or "shall meet
the requirements of." Both phrases have essentially the same meaning; just
semantics. "Shall conform with" is usually the preferred language. This is
the most common form of streamlining.

A. Asphalt: Caltrans Standard Specifications, Section 92, all-purpose,
aged-residue, steam-refined, AR-4000 Grade.

B. Reinforcing Bars (Rebar): ASTM A615, Grade 60, or ASTM A706. Where bars
are to be welded, provide bars conforming with ASTM A706.

C. Portland Cement: ASTM C150, Type II, low alkali.

D. Gypsum Wallboard: ASTM C36, furnished with tapered longitudinal edges and
in lengths which will result in a minimum footage of joints.

Where compliance with regulatory requirements is indicated, assume "shall
comply with" as follows:

A. Fire-Retardant Treatment: AWPA C20 for flame-spread rating of less than
25 when tested in accordance with ASTM E84.

A colon is also used to set off a paragraph title or heading from the text
that follows. This is the case when a grammatically complete sentence
follows a title word and a colon. In this case a colon is used to direct
attention to the text that follows. This is not streamlining Following are
examples where the colon does not represent "Streamlining":

A. Shop Drawings: Submit single-line diagram showing location of joints to
be filled and sealed.

B. Installation: Apply gypsum wallboard in accordance with applicable
requirements of ASTM C840.

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