MasterSpec® and Beyond!

Posted by Sheri Shaw on June 15, 2020

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The phrase "Guide Specifications" for most architects typically results in an association with MasterSpec®, and rightly so, as it is the leading content resource for the AEC industry. However, Deltek Specification Solutions offers additional guide specifications and services to assist customers beyond MasterSpec, leveraging both automation and integration through our e-SPECS software solution.

Additional Content

The MasterSpec Full Length, Short Form, and Outline libraries are available in database format for use within the e-SPECS suite. This content delivery format leverages our patented checklist technology to edit each section and facilitates integration with Building Information Modeling (BIM). 

The SpecText Full Length library is available for use in e-SPECS. Integrated into database format in Q1 2019; this guide specification is utilized for horizontal construction projects with a concentration of sections for Infrastructure, Civil, Water, and Wastewater disciplines. The content and database is updated on a quarterly basis.

The United Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS) content is required for all Department of Defense (DoD) projects. Traditionally this content has been edited in SpecsIntact; a program provided by NASA, however this is now available in an e-SPECS database for more streamlined editing via a checklist rather than the SpecsIntact Editor. Options to tailor sections is maintained by selecting Project Criteria tags at project creation.

Customers can leverage the integration capability within e-SPECS to automate the inclusion of sections from the information in their Revit models, which is a requirement by some government agencies.  

Additional features include the ability to author new sections with a UFGS compliant template and export the required file structure to package and prepare required reports within the SpecsIntact environment.


The Product MasterSpec database is automatically installed with e-SPECS and provides checklist automation for customized MasterSpec sections by manufacturer. Product MasterSpec is a program that allows manufacturers to license sections from the MasterSpec libraries. Deltek’s team of professional specifiers work closely with representatives from the manufacturer to determine where their specification fits and provides guidelines to ensure the product meets Deltek’s high standards.

New to e-SPECS?

Our Professional Services team has you covered to support e-SPECS implementation at various levels. In addition to the always accessible video tutorials, implementation packages are available for Training, Office Master Integration, and Design Automation Pilot Projects. 

Training topics include:

  • e-SPECS Project Training (Project Manuals)
  • e-SPECS Designer Training (Office Master Creation, Management, Updating)
  • e-SPECS Revit Integration Training (connecting specifications to the Revit model)
  • e-SPECS Hands-On Training (topics customized to user need)

By leveraging our Office Master Integration services firm resources are available for revenue generating projects. Office Masters within e-SPECS can be based on MasterSpec, SpecText, UFGS, or the Veteran's Administration (VA) guide specifications or entirely custom content based on firm's legacy documents.

Design Automation Pilot programs deliver the necessary files to utilize within the Revit Integration process to automate the insertion of specification sections and develop keynotes based on the information present in the building model. This program gives the specification writing team a jump start on like buildings to utilize the most current information from the office master of choice.

Don't Write Specifications In-House?

Our Specification Writing Services team can author the architectural disciplines and package your consultant sections into a complete manual. We are able to author project manuals utilizing MasterSpec, UFGS, or the Veteran's Administration (VA) guide specifications. Our team of select Specification Writers has over 100 years of collective experience across multiple building typologies. From project kick-off to the 100% Construction Document manual the SWS team delivers information consistent with the level of development of the drawings and the design phase to streamline the review process.


We leverage e-SPECS efficiencies to retain customer preferences across like projects, as well as author custom sections where needed for unique design elements or product choices which may not be covered by a guide specification. The review process is automated with the use of the e-SPECS Desktop Mark-up Tool which provides (near) real-time transfer of edits to the Deltek team.

With the breadth of content choices and service offering we can work with you to meet your firm's unique needs. To request additional information or a proposal please submit your request here.



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About the Author

Sheri Shaw is the Senior Manager of Specification Writing and Professional Services for Deltek. She is a licensed architect and certified specification writer with over 25 years of industry experience. Sheri has worked with e-SPECS developing Office Masters, writing project manuals, and providing software training for over 12 years.


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