Specification Solutions Product Updates - Quarter 1 of 2020

Posted by Denise McDaniel on May 6, 2020

The Deltek Specification Solutions Team continually works to improve the user experience through product update releases. Product updates is evidence of our commitment to provide what our customers need to further automate the design and construction specification process to help your firm deliver successful building projects. We encourage you to take advantage of all the new features and enhancements each product update offers. The following contains highlights of the first quarter of 2020 content and software updates available to licensed customers. If you have questions about how to access product updates, release notes or downloads, please contact the Customer Success Team for assistance.

Content Updates

MasterSpec®

On March 25th, the MasterSpec 2020 First Update was deployed and available to licensed MasterSpec customers and for cloud access through SpecBuilder Cloud. This first release of the year contains 54 Sections, including 11 full technical updates, 6 new Sections, and selective revisions to technical topics across the MasterSpec library.

New electrical Sections addressing supplemental and facility performance requirements include 260010 Supplemental Requirements for Electrical, which specifies supplemental requirements and reference information applicable to the Work specified in Division 26, and 260011 Facility Performance Requirements for Electrical. 260011 specifies seismic-load, wind-load, and other field conditions criteria applicable to the products and installation requirements for the electrical Work on a project.

Also new to the MasterSpec library:

  • 014339 Mockups: Section specifies elaborate mockups that incorporate the Work of multiple Sections, including integrated exterior mockups, preconstruction laboratory mockups, and room mockups. These specialty mockups were previously specified in 014000 Quality Requirements, but requirements are now removed to this Section and expanded. Other types of mockups remain in 014000 and technical Sections as before.
  • 087813 All-Glass-Entrance Hardware: Section offers specifiers greater design flexibility when specifying all-glass-entrance hardware. It includes fittings, accessory fittings, and door hardware for interior or exterior all-glass applications such as all-glass doors, sidelites and transoms, and all-glass storefront.
  • MPI versions of interior painting and intumescent painting specifications: 099124 Interior Painting (MPI Standards) specifies interior painting by referencing MPI standard painting systems and approved products. 099647 Intumescent Painting (MPI Standards) specifies fire-retardant intumescent coatings for reducing flame-spread index of combustible substrates by referencing MPI standard painting systems and approved products.

In addition, the Q1 MasterSpec release reflects continued efforts to update the MasterSpec sustainability database, including new content for LEED v.1, and to add non-MPI versions of the painting Sections to the library:

  • 099123 Interior Painting: Interior painting specified by naming manufacturers and products.
  • 099646 Intumescent Painting: Fire-retardant intumescent coatings for reducing flame-spread index of combustible substrates; specified by naming manufacturers and products.

MasterSpec for e-SPECS

Deltek introduced MasterSpec for e-SPECS Q1 2020 Update on February 20th with SpecText Full-Length Comprehensive (COMP), Industrial Wastewater Treatment (IWT), Site Civil & Water/Wastewater Utilities (SCW), and Water/Wastewater Equipment Utilities Libraries to e-SPECS to allow you to streamline your specification processes and workflows.

  • SpecText FL COMP: 833 sections
  • SpecText FL IWT: 258 sections
  • SpecText FL SCW: 172 sections
  • SpecText FL WWP: 364 sections

This first release of the year reflect continued efforts to ensure that numbers and titles across the SpecText library conform to MasterFormat®  numbering and titling guidance. This update contains 48 Sections that have undergone specification coordination.

MasterSpec for e-SPECS Q2 2020 Update is slated to release to licensed customers the week of May 11th. All licensed MasterSpec for e-SPECS customers will receive an email notification once the update is available.

SpecText

The SpecText 2020 First Update was launched February 20th to licensed SpecText customers. This first release of the year reflects continued efforts to ensure that numbers and titles across the SpecText library conform to MasterFormat® numbering and titling guidance. This update contains 48 Sections that have undergone specification coordination.

The SpecText 2020 Second Update published April 30th and available to licensed SpecText customers. Along with 35 Sections that have undergone specification coordination for compliance with MasterFormat® numbering and titling guidance, this release includes two important full technical updates:

  • 078400 Firestopping: Section specifies products to maintain fire- and smoke-resistance ratings in fire-rated construction using penetration firestopping and smoke sealing systems. This revised Specification includes the latest code requirements and material advances.
  • 011000 Summary: Section specifies Project information, Work for single or multiple-prime Contracts, construction manager or design-builder as Project coordinator, use of web-based project software, Work performed by Owner, Owner-furnished products, Contractor's use of site and premises, future work, Work by others, and Owner occupancy of the Work. This revised Specification also includes Work sequence, Work restrictions, permits, specification conventions, and LEED provisions.

Two Div. 01 Specifications have undergone selective technical revision:

  • 013216 Construction Progress Schedule: Section includes use of web-based Project management software, digital Project data licensing, and critical path method procedural requirements for preparing, submitting, and monitoring Contractor's network analysis schedules. Use bar chart progress schedules for simple projects. This Section is appropriate for both single and complex single-Contract Work.
  • 017000 Execution and Closeout Requirements: Section expands requirements on Project closeout procedures, final cleaning, adjusting, Project Record Documents, operation and maintenance data, and warranties described to permit direct reference from individual product Specification Sections. This revised Specification now includes coordination of Owner's portion of the Work.

SpecText for e-SPECS

SpecText for e-SPECS Q1 2020 Update was deployed February 20th and available to all licensed customers. In this update, Deltek introduced SpecText Full-Length Comprehensive (COMP), Industrial Wastewater Treatment (IWT), Site Civil & Water/Wastewater Utilities (SCW), and Water/Wastewater Equipment Utilities Libraries to e-SPECS to allow you to streamline your specification processes and workflows.

  • SpecText FL COMP: 833 sections
  • SpecText FL IWT: 258 sections
  • SpecText FL SCW: 172 sections
  • SpecText FL WWP: 364 sections

This first release of the year reflect continued efforts to ensure that numbers and titles across the SpecText library conform to MasterFormat®  numbering and titling guidance. This update contains 48 Sections that have undergone specification coordination.

SpecText for e-SPECS Q2 2020 Update is slated for release to customers the week of May 11th. Licensed customers for SpecText for e-SPECS will receive an email communication with details to download this update.

VA & UFGS Masters for e-SPECS

On May 1st, the VA Master Specifications for e-SPECS Q1 2020 Update launched and customers were notified by email. The update contains 22 sections which includes sections updated by the Veteran’s Administration issued between 06-19 and 11-19 inclusive. For a full list of updated sections, please see the release notes provided in your email notification.

The UFGS Specifications for e-SPECS Q4 2019 Update was also made available on May 1st. The UFGS Q4 2019 Update contains 104 sections. This includes sections updated by the Department of Defense issued in quarters 1,2,3 and 4 of 2019. For a full list of updated sections, please see the release notes provided in your email notification.

Software Editor Updates

SpecBuilder Cloud

Over the last quarter, new features have been added to save you time and increase the flexibility of SpecBuilder Cloud (SBC) to better enable you to create project specifications. On April 14th a SBC customer communication was sent outlining all the new features for the current release number 6.0.10. Below is a brief summary:

  • Super Admin for a Firm
    The Super Admin provides functionality for one person in the Firm to remove any user from the Firm or add a user to any project.
  • Remove Users from Projects if the User Leaves the Firm
    There are times when a Firm member may leave a Firm. In the past, you needed to go into each project they were a member of and then remove them. With this enhancement, you can remove a user from the Firm and you will be prompted to remove them from projects as well.
  • IP/SI Measurements Can Now be Added to a Section
    There may be times when you wish to add Imperial or Metric measurements into your specification. This enhancement will allow you to do that and have the measurement behave as regular IP/SI style in the text.

e-SPECS (Linx, Revit & Designer)

e-SPECS version 12.0 was released March 5, 2020 and provides a number of new features and enhancement to help streamline the specifications development and editing process. To see all the new features, enhancement and issues resolved with the e-SPECS version 12.0 release, please review the release notes.

  • Submission Manager: This tool helps you package a subset of sections intended for preliminary progress review and permitting and provides:
    • New Message Prompts
    • Edit all Division Entries
    • Jump from Section or Division
    • View Invalid/Delete Sections
    • Format options for:
      • Volume Cover Page
      • Submission Title Page
      • Legend
      • TOC
    • Integrated User Guide
    • Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS) Projects: Specifications tailored to meet the needs of construction projects for the military services including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center and NASA.
      • Import from SpecsIntact to e-SPECS UFGS Project
      • Enhancements to SpecsIntact Exporting
      • Section Checklist and Workspace View: You can now view and modify content simultaneously in the Section Checklist and in the Section Workspace and use the menu bar and other toolbars to make changes in the Project Workspace and Edit Workspace while the Section Checklist is open.
      • Section Checklist with Navigation:  You can double-click a selection in the Section Checklist window to navigate to the respective content in the Edit Workspace.
  • Duplicate Project Names: When you create a new project or modify project properties and enter a project name that another project already uses, you will receive a prompt to use a unique project name.

For Questions about Product Updates

Deltek is committed to providing you with premier products to support your business and deliver successful projects. If you have questions about accessing the most recent product updates, release notes or downloads, please contact the Customer Success Team for assistance.

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