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Gary Berlin, AIA, LEED AP
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Username: burnsmcdonnell

Post Number: 1
Registered: 02-2014

Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 10:30 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Hello! I am a new member to this forum and I just got off the phone with Colin who gave me an overview of the 4specs site. I asked him a question about SpecLink-e users/consultants in the forum and he suggested that I post my questions here.

My questions are as follows:
1. Are there any SpecLink-e users/consultants out there that offer services as it relates to importing office masters into SpecLink-e and making them intelligent?
2. What are the negatives to using SpecLink-e?
3. Is anyone aware of larger companies that use SpecLink-e? If so, do you know how it has been accepted by the users within the company?

Any comments or feedback would be appreciated.
Gary Berlin, AIA*, LEEDŽAP BD+C
Specifications Manager
Burns & McDonnell :: Quality Assurance
spiper (Unregistered Guest)
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Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 10:59 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

our office uses speclink-e and we have been using BSD specs for over 12 years. (E for the last 2-3)
As for you questions I am afraid I may not be very much help but here goes:
1. We started our own firm and went with speclink form the start so we had no old masters to import. therefore we are not clear on how to make the transition easier or intelligent and we do not offer consultant services for such things anyway.
2.The only real negative I would state is that speclink will sometimes eliminate a product specific spec section and your editing could be lost in a future update but you can easily save the section as a used added section so I have not lost any previous information. The program will prompt you to save the section so it is fairly painless to retain old unsupported sections.
3. we are not a large company (5-10)but there have been no acceptance issues. The switch from speclink + to speclink-e was fairly easy as well and I am now taking better advantage of the ability to insert links, hyperlinks, images into the specifications.

One other positive (that can also be a negative due limits on image size)is the ability to add images of standard documents in the spec rather than having to recreate them. We typically produce a project specific legal notice (word doc) for our public work. We would then have to either retype the entire notice in speclink or somehow insert the word doc into the spec. With speclink-e we are saving the document as an image and then inserting it into speclink-e as an image. this is saving us time with producing both hard copies of the spec as well as electronic copies. Hope this helps.
Tom Gilmore, AIA, CCS, CCCA, LEED AP
Senior Member
Username: tgilmore

Post Number: 40
Registered: 04-2007

Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 07:47 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

We have used Speclink since 1997, and Speclink-E for about 2 years now. We are convinced that it has allowed us to maintain a very customized master for our unique practice. I'd be glad to answer specific questions you may have. My email address is tgilmore@tortigallas.com.

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