CSC and BSD to advance Canadian specifications with Dialog

Construction Specifications Canada’s (CSC’s) alliance partner for SpecMarket, Building Systems Design (BSD), has partnered with integrated design firm Dialog to produce content for SpecLink Cloud, a database-driven software for specification writing and production. The content will be available within SpecLink’s database alongside tools like cloud collaboration and building information modelling (BIM) integration by spring 2019.

Dialog and BSD first collaborated when working with CSC and the Construction Specifier Institute (CSI) on MasterFormat. Their collaboration showed many Canadian design professionals are working in outdated, inefficient word processing-based systems with limited content for commercial projects.

“Together with Dialog, BSD is committed to giving the Canadian market access to the country’s best content within the industry’s most advanced specification platform,” said Chris Anderson, CEO of BSD.

Chip Bullock, BSD’s director of architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) content, is working closely with Dialog’s specification experts led by Keith Robinson, FCSC, FCSI, RSW, LEED AP, the head of firm’s research and development for specifications.

BSD’s content has been harmonized with the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) documents, construction industry standards, terms, and CSC’s best specifying practices.

“SpecLink’s content and the way it is organized will absolutely improve the quality of specifications,” said Robinson, who is also the Registrar of the CSC’s Board of Directors. “The tools that BSD provides will allow for much more in-depth specifications, which will be useful to the contractor and will preserve the design intent in a way the content currently available to us does not.”

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