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More Than a Table of Contents — Architectural Specifications and the Delivery of Technical Product Data [Presentation]

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About This Program

"Spec writing is a dead end."
"BIM will replace architectural specifications."
"My projects don’t use specs . . . `cause the contractor is gonna’ choose whatever they want anyway."

We hear this and wonder what next? 

Please join us as we explore the valuable role architectural specifications play in the building design and construction process. We will examine the variety of forms that specifications can take on contemporary projects. Key elements of specification language will be explained. We’ll reveal the contributions and the contributors that lend surety to the documentation of the project intent. Together, we will discover the intrinsic truths made possible through well-crafted specification content. You will come away with renewed optimism for the what’s not only a possible specification future but is available to you right now.

Session Takeaways

  • Recognize the variety of specification formats regularly in use
  • Identify key elements of specification language
  • Identify specification contributors and assess the value of their contribution
  • Determine a quality approach to specifications that work for their projects

Learning Units

CSI: 1.0 LU
*May be submitted for domain specific learning units to CDT recertification, and/or general learning units for CCCA, CCS, and CCPR.
AIA: 1.0 LU*
*Submitted for credit and awaiting confirmation.

Relevant Practices

Specifying/Information Management
Product Selection/Specification
Construction Management/Construction
Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Ownership/Property Management


  • Richard J Ruppert, Director of Partnerships & Strategic Alliances, RIB Software

    As a leader at RIB, Ruppert is focused on topics concerning the development of effective, integrated resources that drive the architectural design, engineering, and product supply process. A registered architect himself, Rick has a well-informed perspective regarding transformational innovations and technologies impacting successful building project outcomes.

October 13, 2021
Wed 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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