NETA and ARCOM Collaborate on MasterSpec® Electrical Testing Requirements

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Some Portions of MasterSpec® to Include Sections of ANSI/NETA ATS

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This February, NETA, the InterNational Electrical Testing Association, and ARCOM launched a collaboration to incorporate enhanced requirements for electrical testing in The American Institute of Architects (AIA) MasterSpec® master guide specification sections.

Beginning next year, selected MasterSpec electrical equipment specification sections will include sections of the American National Standard Institute (ANSI)/NETA Standard for Acceptance Testing Specifications (ATS) for Electrical Power Equipment and Systems, referred to as ANSI/NETA ATS. The sections from the ANSI/NETA ATS will replace existing electrical testing requirements in MasterSpec with a suite of field tests and inspections that are used to assess the suitability of electrical equipment for initial energization and final acceptance of electrical power equipment and systems.

NETA's ATS is recognized as an American National Standard and is the industry standard to which electrical equipment testing is performed. NETA board members and ARCOM specification writers work together to identify portions of the ANSI/NETA ATS to integrate into MasterSpec.

Incorporation of the ANSI/NETA ATS into MasterSpec specifications will provide ARCOM's clients with the ability to specify comprehensive electrical equipment testing that is up to date with industry standards.

"I am very pleased to announce this collaborative effort between ARCOM and NETA,” said Michael King, Vice President of Engineering Specifications at ARCOM. “The integration of the ANSI/NETA ATS into our electrical equipment guide specification sections is a first for any master guide specification system and will provide MasterSpec clients with an up-­to-date and enforceable set of testing procedures."

Dave Huffman, President of NETA, works closely with ARCOM specification writers. He appreciates ARCOM’s detailed review process and said, “The updates to the MasterSpec specifications, which focus on acceptance testing, have been an important effort towards advancing the safety and reliability of electrical power equipment and systems across the industry.”


ARCOM is the leader in specifications and exclusively publishes MasterSpec® for The American Institute of Architects (AIA) for use by architects, engineers, landscape architects, specification writers, and design professionals involved in building projects. MasterSpec is also exclusively endorsed by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

ARCOM owns and publishes SpecText for use by civil, environmental, and structural engineers for infrastructure projects, including water, wastewater, and sanitary engineering.

ARCOM also publishes SpecWare® and SpecAgent®. SpecWare is a suite of specification productivity software tools that dramatically simplifies specification creation and use, from easy-to-­use Masterworks to BIM integration. SpecAgent is a web-based resource designed to work with MasterSpec and SpecText that streamlines the process of construction product research and manufacturer selection.

For more information about ARCOM, contact:
Angie Matinkhah, M.Arch, Assoc. AIA, CSI
Vice President, Marketing and Sales, ARCOM
801.521.9162 x 3380; amatinkhah(at)arcomnet(dot)com

About NETA

NETA is an ANSI accredited standards developing organization that creates and maintains standards on electrical testing for electrical power equipment and systems. NETA is an association of leading electrical testing companies comprised of visionaries committed to advancing the industry standards for power system installation and maintenance to ensure the highest level of reliability and safety.

To learn more about NETA and the ANSI/NETA ATS, contact:
Jill Howell, Market Manager, NETA

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