Software & Algorithms
Scientists at NDSU, in collaboration with architects at RLE Holdings, Inc., have developed SpecMapper™, a plug-in that enables existing architectural software to automatically produce, update, and maintain the specification manual for a building. This saves time and money throughout a building’s life (including design, bid, construction, and post-construction facility management). SpecMapper™ is a mapping of building assembly codes (as used in Building Information Model (BIM) software products such as Revit) and specification sections (as found in the MasterSpec set of specification sections). This plug-in links building components in a BIM to appropriate specification sections, which may also include maintenance information for facilities management. The result is a streamlined workflow in a paperless environment and a reduction of errors, which result in significant time savings and reduced risk of liability.