Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) June 15, 2012
The arduous task of preparing and maintaining technical specifications will soon be handled more like design and less like word processing due to recent advances from The Engineering Essentials Company, LLC (TEEC), a Philadelphia-based startup. TEEC, which late last year released the first commercial version of its SpecWave® software for automating project specifications, has leveraged investments from the Construction Sciences Research Foundation Inc., Bel Air, Md., and Bentley Systems Inc., Exton, Pa., to develop a specification modeling approach that mimics that of modeling physical components of a building.
SpecWave® provides optimized editing for professional specification writers, project engineers, and construction professionals; migration of legacy specifications into managed, searchable files; management of submittal and vendor information requirements; and substantial support for quality assurance, inspection, and reliability driven directly from the specification documents themselves.
“The transition from word processing to modeled documents is similar to the change from the drafting board to CAD and, ultimately, to 3D information modeling,” said TEEC CEO Leon Gorbaty. “To meet increasing productivity expectations, project teams must produce more work with reduced errors and duplication of effort. Specification modeling allows information to be used for multiple purposes and provides gains in efficiency,” said Gorbaty, a mechanical engineer and programmer who developed early versions of SpecWave while managing specifications in the petroleum industry.
According to Gorbaty, SpecWave’s ability to connect specifications with related workflows such as CAD, information modeling, submittals, and inspection is a paradigm shift that allows various processes to be defined on and driven directly from specification documents. SpecWave also introduces a wide variety of specification productivity tools, including:
Style and structure enforcement of company standards and culture
Multi-purpose master documents to consolidate content for business divisions, geographical / legal variants, and customers or offices
Migration and optimization of existing libraries and documents
With a simple and expandable interface, SpecWave provides a comprehensive environment for mission-critical requirement documents that features little IT overhead and eclipses currently available solutions in word processing or database applications.
CSRF executive director Garry C. Zettersten said his organization has invested in TEEC because the technology can help integrate data across all aspects of a project, from inception through facility sustainment and disposal. “In the end, you will no longer need separate, incompatible files of data that no one can comprehend now or 15 years from now, said Zettersten. “SpecWave has an almost unlimited ability to provide comprehensive continuity of memory for your efforts.”
“We are especially honored to be recognized by a non-profit research organization such as CSRF,” said Adam Klatzkin, TEEC’s CTO/COO. “TEEC is committed to interoperability standards, community research, and working together with consortia and academic institutions, and we see CSRF as a great ally for the future of construction industry research.”
In addition to the equity investment from CSRF, TEEC is also working closely with investor Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading provider of comprehensive software for sustaining infrastructure, including MicroStation infrastructure design and modeling software and ProjectWise project collaboration servers and services. TEEC is also working with several industry firms to deploy the product on active projects.
About The Engineering Essentials Company, LLC
The Engineering Essentials Company, LLC (TEEC) supplies commercial off-the-shelf software and customized solutions for clients that help manage their codes, standards, and engineering specifications. Clients gain power and convenience for developing, editing, and maintaining documents while enforcing corporate styles and formats. Additional information about TEEC is available at http://www.teecspecs.com.
The Construction Sciences Research Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit construction industry research foundation, with a charter to unify and integrate communication between programs and design/communications processes used in design and construction. Additional information about CSRF is available at http://www.csrf.org.
Bentley provides architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Its solutions encompass the MicroStation platform for infrastructure design and modeling, the ProjectWise platform for infrastructure project team collaboration and work sharing, and the AssetWise platform for infrastructure asset operations – all supporting a broad portfolio of interoperable applications and complemented by worldwide professional services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has grown to nearly 3,000 colleagues in more than 45 countries and over $500 million in annual revenues. Additional information about Bentley is available at http://www.bentley.com.