Expert Advice: How to Improve Specifications

Posted by Deltek on August 7, 2020

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If you spend enough time around spec-writers, you’ll likely hear the phrase: a picture is worth a thousand words, but a good product specification is worth a thousand pictures.

Good design is nothing more than good design without detailed specifications to provide the necessary non-visual data to execute the build. Ambiguity and inaccuracy within specs can lead to confusion on the jobsite and increase the risk of RFIs, change orders and project delays.

Well-written specs, on the other hand, can save time and money. These critical documents help keep projects on schedule, attract accurate construction bids and facilitate smoother communication with contractors, sub-contractors, and owners.

What Does a Well-Written Spec Look Like?

In our latest Deltek Specification Solutions white paper, we address that very question and share expert advice from veteran specification writers Marc Chavez, FCSI AIA RELIAP CCS CCCA, Director of AIA MasterSpec® at Deltek, and Anne Whitacre, FCSI, CCS, LEED AP BD and C, Senior Specification Writer at HOK.

In this free industry resource, they share tips and tricks from their own project experience and provide warnings for common specification mistakes. They also address the following fundamentals of spec writing:

  1. Good specs are specific
  2. Good specs are accurate
  3. Good specs realize the design vision
  4. Good specs are instructive


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Deltek has a growing team of architects, engineers and spec-writers that are committed to supporting the industry with the most-used and most-trusted specification content, tools and resources. If your firm is interested in improving your specification development and non-visual information management, contact us directly or request a personalized demo today.