For infrastructure construction teams, considering the impact of contractual requirements earlier in the design and construction process allows projects to stay on budget and reduce change orders down the line—which is why integrating specification information with modeling tools is becoming more common as of late.

One such example comes from TEEC (The Engineering Essentials Co.), www.teecspecs.com, Concordville, Pa. The company provides SpecWave, which allows for creation of specifications including warranties, material types, and other data using classification codes during design, procurement, verification, documentation, inspection, installation, and operations.

The specification system also integrates with design models, allowing for the data to be available for reference, design review, transmittals, and handover, among others.

In particular, SpecWave can integrate with AECOsim Building Design from Bentley Systems, www.bentley.com, Exton, Pa., which is an application for architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical design, and construction documentation.

Last week, TEEC demonstrated new capabilities with the application related to mobility. Using the technology, field inspection can be done on a tablet and specification data can be linked with models for BIM (building information modeling). This allows for spec data to be carried throughout an entire construction project—even in the field.

This trend—integrating specification information with modeling technology—has been gaining a bit of momentum this year.

This past spring, GRAPHISOFT, www.graphisoft.com, Budapest, Hungary, announced integration with e-SPECS from InterSpec, www.e-specs.com, Portland, Maine, which allows teams to manage construction specifications and product and material selection and integrate the data into construction models and drawings.

As BIM (building information modeling) continues to grow bigger, and the data is being used in more processes throughout construction—and even at project turnover—the technologies continue to advance to enable teams to incorporate information such as specifications into the modeling process.