BSD Advances the A&E Industry with the Launch of SpecLink Cloud and BIM Integration

 SpecLink Cloud will revolutionize the way design professionals work by seamlessly linking BIM models with National Master Specifications, and enhancing collaboration via the cloud.

ATLANTA, May 23, 2018 – Building Systems Design (BSD), a leading provider of specification content and software for the architecture, engineering, construction and owner sectors in the U.S. and Canada, announced today the launch of SpecLink Cloud.

Design professionals will now be able to access Canada’s National Master Specifications (NMS) through SpecLink’s database-driven platform—a significant advancement from working in word processing files. In addition to SpecLink’s intelligent database, automatic updates and intuitive editing tools, SpecLink Cloud will now provide cloud collaboration and BIM integration. “Effective collaboration is key to enhanced productivity, improved efficiency and better project outcomes,” said Chris Anderson, President and CEO of BSD. “Easy-to-use tools in SpecLink Cloud provide the trusted specification capabilities our customers value us for, alongside data-rich visual models—all based in the cloud to enable that critical ease of collaboration.”

Enhanced Collaboration

SpecLink Cloud will dramatically improve communication and collaboration throughout the design and review process. Project teams can easily align their intentions, both internally and externally, by sharing information from a common data environment. Collaborators can view, share and comment on projects from any web-enabled device.

Unprecedented Visibility

Specifications and Revit models are now linked within SpecLink. This allows design professionals to view and monitor changes in the model as the design evolves. Users can view embedded BIM object data, and isolate individual objects or layers within the model.

Immersive, 3D virtual walkthroughs can be viewed from anywhere, with no additional Revit licenses required. This enhanced level of integration will dramatically improve coordination, efficiency and accuracy throughout every stage of the design process—without having to rely on manual coordination.

BSD’s Partnership with Construction Specifications Canada (CSC)

Earlier this year, CSC chose BSD as its exclusive partner to publish NMS through SpecLink’s innovative software. The specifications are maintained by Canada’s National Research Council (NRC).

“CSC and BSD hold a shared vision that those creating specifications should have access to the best data and software, and that vision is now realized by NMS content being fully integrated into the SpecLink database,” said Anderson. “That this coincides with SpecLink now being available in the Cloud, and with the release of our unique BIM integration tools is an added bonus for CSC members, and for SpecLink’s rapidly increasing customer base in Canada.”

SpecLink is the first database-driven specification-writing platform to offer integrated specification content for both the U.S. and Canada.

About Building Systems Design

Founded in 1983, Building Systems Design (BSD) provides advanced specification and interoperability solutions to architects, engineers, specifiers and building owners nationwide. The company is focused on bringing technology to market that drives collaboration, simplifies design and increases efficiency for all stakeholders in the design and construction process. For more information on BSD, visit

About Construction Specifications Canada

CSC is a national multi-disciplinary, non-profit association with chapters across Canada. In the construction industry’s fast-paced environment, the value and need for CSC bringing together individuals from all segments of the Canadian construction industry is greater than ever. CSC is committed to delivering progressive education, certification, publications and professional networking opportunities for the design + construction community. For more information, visit

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Created: 23 May 2018