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A few months ago, our Architecture department introduced us to a program called the LINX Automated Editor.  This is a program that works with Masterspec to speed up the process of editing necessary to go from the master to a project-specific set of specs.  One of it's nice features is the "Interactive Edit".  Using this feature, you go through each spec section applicable to the project, and the program asks you questions about materials, processes, submittals, special requirements, etc.  Based upon your answers, the program does a large portion of the editing to the spec.  If your answer to a question affects several sections of the spec, it will make the appropriate deletions throughout the document, eliminating much of the cross-checking necessary.  You might want to take a look at this program, and see if it might help to alleviate your problem.  You can get info at:

I should add that, while I am impressed with the program, my experience with it is pretty limited.  I've only used it on a couple projects so far.  I'm sure I'll continue to discover it's strengths, as well as its weaknesses, as I have occasion to put it to greater use.

Hope this helps.  (Sorry for the commercial.)

-- Joel Adair

Joel Adair, EIT
Halff Associates, Inc.
E-mail: jadair(--nospam--at)
-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Rollo [mailto:rrollo(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 11:29 AM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: Standard Specifications

anyone out there have a set of company masters ?  wait, that's a loaded question.  let me refine my question:
suppose we adopt one of the biggies (specsintact, masterspec, etc) as our "prototype".  note that i am talking across the board (civil, arch, struct, EIM, controls, etc). i say prototype because we fully intend to revise them considerably WRT quality control measures and intend to include many systems not in the sections provided by these outside suppliers.

the real issue is:  we take a prototype, add all of our stuff and proceed to pat ourselves on the back for a job well done, then whamo, the suppliers come out with revised sections that contain the lastest ASTM references, etc.  how do we systematically keep our sections as up to date as possible without committing huge personnel resources, or shall we just give up our stance and use the masters provided by the vendors more closely to "as-is" ?

i've considered delegating sections to the most qualified individual and make them responsible for annual?, biannual? update of their sections, etc. but still see it as huge task and perhaps overkill.

am i being too visionary here or is anyone else playing this game too ?
thanks in advance
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