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Thursday, September 3, 2009

FREE MasterFormat Webinars -- Learn How They Made the Switch #e-specs

Well, as long as we're on the topic of specifications, here's some exciting news for you.  Of course this ties directly into Revit through e-Specs, so pay attention. 

FREE MasterFormat Webinars -- Learn How They Made the Switch!


CSI will cease to license and support MasterFormat 95 as of December 31, 2009. CSI is now working with MasterFormat’s sponsors to help the industry complete transition to MasterFormat 2004.


Are you ready to make the switch? Whether you're a government agency, a small A/E firm, or a product manufacturer, hearing the stories of others who've converted may help!
  • How We Made the Switch - Governmental Adoption and Transition to MasterFormat 2004
    October 7, 2-3pm ET
Now is the time for your government agency to switch to MasterFormat 2004! The reason to upgrade is obvious: MasterFormat 2004 improves communication, accuracy and efficiency in capital improvements programs. It is part of achieving the sustainability and interoperability that LEED and BIM promise.


Join us for a free webinar examining a case study of how a state government agency successfully made the switch, with discussions on the benefits derived, pitfalls to avoid and lessons learned. Questions from the audience are encouraged during this session.


Speaker: Lane Beougher, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, AIA, LEED AP, Program Services Manager, State Architect’s Office, Ohio Department of Administrative Services
Register now! It's FREE!
  • How We Made the Switch - Small/Medium-Sized Firm Adoption and Transition to MasterFormat 2004
    October 21, 2-3pm ET
Why haven’t you switched? What are you waiting for? MasterFormat 2004 improves communication, accuracy and efficiency in an office. It is part of achieving the sustainability and interoperability that LEED and BIM promise.


Join us for a free webinar examining a case study of how a small firm successfully made the switch, with discussions on the benefits derived, pitfalls to avoid and lessons learned on the job. Questions from the audience are encouraged during this session.


Speaker: Nina Giglio, CSI, CCS, President, Hall Building Information Group
Register now! It's FREE!


Other resources for making the switch!
Download the MasterFormat White Paper, and learn how others have implemented the format!


Watch this video posted by Daily Comercial News and Construction Record. In it, Keith Robinson, CSI, FCSC, and Gary Beimers, FCSI, CDT, of the MasterFormat Maintenance Task Team, discuss with REED Construction Data how revisions are made to MasterFormat thorugh www.masterformat.com.

As a side note: 
The Difference Between MasterSpec and MasterFormat
The subtitle of MasterFormat is "Master List of Numbers and Titles for the Construction Industry." MasterFormat is a publication of the Construction Specifications Institute and Construction Specifications Canada. It has thousands of numbers and titles for use by architects and engineers, but it has no specification content and is NOT a specification service. It contains only a list a numbers and titles, without specification content that is intended for construction professionals to assign to specification sections they write.
MasterSpec is a library of master specifications (actual specifcations content) and research information. ARCOM uses MasterFormat to assign numbers and titles to the MasterSpec specification sections it writes.



MasterSpec Available in two Versions of MasterFormat
ARCOM began providing MasterSpec in two versions: MasterFormat 1995 and the new  MasterFormat 2004 since the spring of 2005.

"MasterSpec Licensed Users are looking for the easiest way possible to convert to MasterFormat 2004. In response, and for a limited time, ARCOM will provide two complete sets of MasterSpec - one using MasterFormat 1995 and one using MasterFormat 2004. Users will be able to decide which classification system they will use in preparing Project Manuals, depending on office practice and the Project's requirements."
Christopher Bushnell, AIA, FCSI, CSI
President
ARCOM

ARCOM also updated its Masterworks software to recognize which MasterFormat classification system is being used in MasterSpec, thereby ensuring that its specification editing tools, table of contents, and reports will operate appropriately.
ARCOM's implementation plan to adopt MasterFormat 2004 in MasterSpec, along with ARCOM's SpecWare® software, will make it easier for MasterSpec Licensed Users to handle the significant changes MasterFormat 2004 will bring to their professional practices.

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