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CostLink/AE & /CM Keep Growing
On the Spring CD, CostLink/AE and
CostLink/CM expand the dynamic
linking capability to allow linking the
quantity field of any task or folder to
its parent folder quantity. Not only can
you connect a building quantity model
in Excel to your cost estimate, but you
can also use the folder hierarchy to
derive quantities for individual building elements, assemblies, and tasks.
This quarter AE includes the new RS
Means 2003 AE Assemblies Database.
There are nearly 11,000 assemblies to
choose from in this database, including
5,500 related to the building shell,
nearly 1,300 interiors assemblies, and
over 2,400 related to building services.
The database also contains nearly
21,000 individual task items—including 2,700 site work items, over 2,700
Table of
CostLink/AE & /CM
Keep Growing ..................... 1
SpecLink & PerSpective
Improvements ..................... 1
20 Years In Business .......... 1
A New PerSpective ............. 3
About Your SpecLink
& PerSpective Updates ....... 4
New MPI Paints and Coatings
Section ................................ 5
New Additions at BSD ......... 9
Q&A ..................................... 10
Training Schedule ............... 12
in concrete and masonry, 1,700 doors
and windows, and over 4,000 mechanical and electrical items. Just drag and
drop them into your project, apply
quantities, choose a location factor, and
print your cost estimate.
Using the New Quantity Links
Quantity links let you derive estimated
quantities from known or assumed
element quantities to facilitate rapid
quantification of project details. In
BSD’s sample Fire Station project, the
estimate hierarchy has a folder for
Standard Foundations with a quantity
equal to the ground floor area of
approximately 18,000 SF. If we estimate or assume from similar projects
that we will have about 30 LF of strip
footings for every 1,000 SF of ground
floor area, we can set the Strip Footings folder quantity equal to the parent
Standard Foundations folder times 0.03
(See Figure 1).
See “CostLink/AE & /CM” on page 2
SpecLink & PerSpective
The newest versions of SpecLink+ and
PerSpective include a number of
enhancements and improvements to
existing functionality. First, there is a
new command that allows you to insert
page breaks in your specification
documents. To add a page break, click
on the paragraph you want to be at the
top of the next page, and from the
Document menu, choose the new
command Insert Page Break. A dark
line representing the page break
displays above the paragraph. Page
breaks must be inserted above active
paragraphs to be implemented. They
may be removed by choosing Document, then Remove Page Break.
Another change is the addition of the
complete path and file name in the
Summary Info dialog box, making it
easier for you to identify your project
and its file location. We’ve also added
several icons to the standard toolbar. It
See “SL & PS Improve” on page 2
20 Years in Business
On February 23, 2003, BSD passed a
milestone that many software companies never reach—its 20th anniversary. Founded by John R.
Witherspoon for the specific purpose
of developing PC software solutions
for the AEC industry, BSD initially
had one employee and no clients.
Twenty years later, BSD has several
innovative products on the market and
thousands of users across the country.
John Witherspoon is now BSD’s
CEO and Chairman of the Board. He
is also BSD’s chief software architect, with responsibility for strategic
product planning and software
development. Back in 1983, John
had the novel idea that complex cost
estimating software developed for
mainframe computers would be
more flexible and convenient to use
on the brand new personal computSee “20 Years in Business” on page 8
of budgets, what-if analyses,
and progress estimates.
Using the R. S. Means 2003
Installing the Spring CD
version of CostLink/AE will
automatically install the new
R. S. Means Database. If you
subsequently use any of the
BSD templates to create a new
project, your new project will
automatically use the 2003 RS
Means database. Any projects
that you have created using the
2002 RS Means database will
continue to use that database
until you change them.
Figure 1 - Linking in Item Form
“CostLink/AE & /CM ” from page 1
As we change the ground floor area, the
linear feet of strip footings will adjust
accordingly. And when you learn that
we can tie in the ground floor area as
some portion of the gross square feet of
construction and simply change the
gross square feet of construction to
change our building assembly quantities, the capability becomes a very
powerful tool in the rapid preparation
To determine which database
your project is using, open the
project and click on File | Summary
Info. The RS Means database section
will display the name of the currently
referenced database.
The Tools menu includes two new
functions for manipulating the database
your project is using. The first command, “Change RS Means Database,”
affects items that are added to the
project in the future. The second
command, “Update to RS Means
Database,” affects existing project
items by updating them to the
currently selected RS Means
database. Using the first command
you can change to the 2003 RS
Means database for the addition of
future cost items, and leave the
existing cost items with the 2002
pricing. However, it also includes
an option that you can select to
reprice your existing items to the
new database.
The menu command to Update also
lets you change your mind. If you
change databases without updating
pricing, you can subsequently
update pricing using the second
command. Your database selection
is specific to each project, and it is
possible to change back to the
original database and even “Update” pricing back to the original
database if that is desired.
Details of quantity linking, database updating, and other new tools
are presented in the Release Notes
accompanying the Spring CD. We
know you will be pleased with
these extensions. We strive every
quarter to make your time in our
software more productive and we
look forward to receiving your
“SL & PS Improve” from page 1
has always been possible to customize the toolbar with these
icons, but now they are a standard feature.
Yet another improvement in this version makes Import from
Clipboard much easier to use. The importing function now
ignores Auto Numbers within word processor documents,
instead of importing them as text. It also ignores most typed
paragraph numbers, provided they are separated from the
text by tabs. In addition, improved logic significantly
reduces the likelihood that the import will be aborted
because of gaps in the hierarchy level of the text. Also, dates
in the Document Tree now update whenever any changes are
made to the document, including copy/paste operations and
importing text from the clipboard.
We’ve also added some editing restrictions that prohibit
certain operations in anything other than a fully expanded
view. The changes have been introduced to prevent unintended consequences that sometimes result when some of the
text is hidden. These functions include adding and deleting
paragraphs or branches, importing from the clipboard, and
copying paragraphs and branches from one document to
another. If you try one of these functions while you are in
Compact View, for example, you will receive a message:
“You must be in Master View with all text levels visible to
use this command. Would you like to change the view and
See “SL & PS Improve” on page 9
BSD LinkLine Spring 2003
A New PerSpective® On Design-Build
An Interview With Ed Wundram of The Design Build Consulting Group
BSD PerSpective continues to enjoy
industry-wide acceptance and strong
growth. Design professionals, facility
owners, and design-builders are adopting
PerSpective as their automated “checklist”
solution of choice for performance-based
building design criteria.
for some civil infrastructure projects.
PerSpective provides Ed with time and cost
savings on every new project. Ed tells us,
“On some small projects (a municipal repair
For design-build consultants who want to
help their clients avoid inflexible, overly
detailed RFP specifications, PerSpective
helps satisfy owners’ quality concerns
without prematurely limiting material and
system options. It helps design-build
consultants get an early agreement on
design criteria by providing them with an
automated “checklist” to establish with the
owner how a building must perform before
the building design even begins. One
design-build consultant who is taking
advantage of the benefits offered by
PerSpective is Edward C. Wundram, AIA,
CSI, DBIA, principal of The Design Build
Consulting Group in Beaverton, Oregon.
Ed has completed 20 projects using
PerSpective on many different public
facility building types, including offices,
arenas, convention centers, psychiatric
hospitals and university science laboratories. Most recently, he has recommended
using PerSpective for the performance
specifications for a light rail transit project.
If it is successful on that project, Ed is
planning to use PerSpective on a number of
new transit station projects his client has in
the works.
Depending on the project type, Ed has used
most of the standard PerSpective checklist
criteria chapters but often customizes many
chapters, including Shell and Interior
Construction. What Ed likes most about the
software is its ease of use, reference
standards that are always current, and the
notes that instruct the writer on how to apply
the standards to individual projects and
situations. He also likes the fact that
PerSpective can be used in whole or in part
for just about any building type, as well as
mance levels with owners without prematurely committing a project to particular
material and system choices. Designbuilders also find the PerSpective short
form specifications invaluable when
communicating material and system
choices to suppliers and subcontractors.
Facility owners who want to benefit from
design-build but avoid potential quality
pitfalls also benefit by using PerSpective
to obtain an early fixed price on an
enforceable scope description. According
to Ed Wundram, “for public clients with
some technical staff (architects or engineers), I like to show them how to use
PerSpective on their next project without
the necessity and expense of an outside
consultant like me.”
PerSpective was developed through a joint
venture between the Construction
Specifications Institute (CSI) and the
Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)
and is maintained, marketed, and
distributed by Building Systems Design, Inc.
garage for instance), it allows me, as an
architect, to write the entire RFP, program
and performance specifications without the
expense of engineering and specialty subconsultants (MEP engineers, acoustical
consultants, etc.).”
A BSD SoftLink ® Publication
Based on his previous success with
PerSpective, Ed is excited about its future
uses for himself and the industry as a whole.
“PerSpective is a broad body of facility
knowledge that is expanding annually,
combined with a delivery methodology
(database software) that is becoming
convenient to use and ‘transparent’ as it
continues to be developed and improved.”
Permission to use excerpts in
other publications is granted
provided the publisher is notified
in advance at 404-365-8900.
PerSpective is equally beneficial to designbuilders and facility owners. It helps designbuilders establish credible building perfor-
Editor: Laura Gemmell
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About Your SpecLink & PerSpective Updates
SpecLink+ Statistics:
757 sections total, 203 updated or new (27%)
2 new generic sections
444 generic sections, 155 updated (35%)
32 new proprietary sections
313 proprietary sections, 14 updated (15%)
117,148 paragraphs
1,039 unique manufacturers listed in 2,314 instances
857 unique manufacturers listed in 307 generic sections, 822
with live hyperlinks
225 unique manufacturers listed in 313 proprietary sections
816 manufacturers listed in generic sections but not in
184 manufacturers listed in proprietary sections but not in
123,836 internal links (targets and consequences)
19,172 notes to specifier
PerSpective Statistics:
2,778 notes with live hyperlinks to Internet web pages
1,980 external documents referenced, from 170 standards
12 new documents (never before referenced)
3 new standards organizations
1,995 manufacturer listings in generic sections, 1,939 with live
179 chapters, 4 updated (2%)
25,965 paragraphs
29,475 links
4,094 notes to specifier
600 external documents referenced
75 standards organizations referenced
Manufacturer Listings In SpecLink
Actual building product manufacturer names are listed in 88
percent of the generic sections in SpecLink where products
are specified (no manufacturers would normally be specified
in the series 0 documents or Division 1 sections, and Division 2 sections typically specify commodity products).
BSD’s policy is to list 3 nationally known manufacturers for
a particular category of product, for the convenience of our
subscribers, who determine which, if any, are acceptable for
their project. Obviously, many other manufacturers would
be acceptable for particular projects — subscribers can enter
as many as they wish in any section and “tag” them so they
appear on the “Manufacturers Listed In Project” report,
which was new last quarter. Some sections include only one
list of 3 manufacturers — others include multiple lists.
As of the Spring 2003 update, 857 manufacturers are listed
in 307 generic sections. From this update forward, a listed
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manufacturer must have a website that describes its product
line. The note to specifier at each manufacturer listing
includes a live hyperlink to the manufacturer’s website —
open the Master Notes and click on the link to get information about that manufacturer’s products. 35 of the manufacturers currently listed do not have a website. We will be
contacting them during the next quarter to determine whether
they should be listed anyway or whether their more on-theball competitors should be substituted!
The proprietary sections in SpecLink complement the
listings of manufacturers in generic sections. 225 individual
manufacturers sponsor 313 proprietary sections. Of these,
184 manufacturers are not listed in generic sections and
many of these offer products for which there is no generic
specification. The other 41 are listed in the relevant generic
sections, in one or more lists for the appropriate products.
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Section 09900 BSD2 is a new painting section based on the
Master Painters Institute method for defining paint systems to
be used on specific substrates. MPI also maintains an
Approved Products List (APL), which includes each brand
name product that meets the MPI detailed performance
standards for the generic category of paint. To be named in
the Approved Product List, the manufacturer of the product
must certify that the product complies with the applicable MPI
performance standard for its category. MPI conducts its own
lab tests to verify the manufacturer’s statement — continued
listing is dependent upon random MPI confirmation testing.
The MPI methodology has been adopted by individual specifiers, corporate owners and government agencies — notably
the U.S. Navy and federal GSA. Although the Approved
Products List does not list all products by all paint manufacturers, more manufacturers’ products are added periodically —
the current edition of the APL is posted on MPI’s web site,
superceding all printed copies.
MPI’s methodology is designed to improve paint specifying
and application. For specifiers, using the MPI method may
reduce the number of disputes about which products and
manufacturers may be used. The MPI educational material is
excellent — both their web site and the published Manuals.
This BSD specification is based on the MPI Architectural
Painting Specifications Manual — there is also a Maintenance
Repainting Manual. Specifiers are strongly urged to obtain a
copy of the Manual in order to make informed selections from
the multiple systems that are available for many substrates —
the specification does not (cannot) repeat the explanations of
the different systems contained in the Manual. The MPI
Approved Products List is also essential — to see which
manufacturers and products are listed. The specifier must
also decide whether to accept any MPI-approved product in
the relevant category or to limit acceptable manufacturers to
some sub-set of those with MPI-approved products.
The APL includes volatile organic compound (VOC) content
on virtually every product plus a new environmental notation
system that addresses environmental preferability from more
than a simple VOC standpoint. Some products are indicated
as complying with LEED requirements. For complete information refer to the introduction to the APL or on the web site
under “Specify Green.” If maximum VOC levels or MPI’s
newer environmental ratings are required, review the APL for
products available before starting to edit the spec.
The most effective way to prepare this section is as follows:
1. In PART 2, under the Paint Systems, select the substrates
that you need painted.
2. Select the MPI paint system(s) used for each substrate.
If the same substrate in different locations will need
different finishing (e.g. new vs. existing; wet rooms vs. dry
rooms; corridors and back stairwells vs. front-of-thehouse) each paint system is preceded by an optional fillin-the-blank which can be used to identify the locations
where a particular system is to be used.
3. If the sheen is not inherent in the system (i.e. only one
MPI# product with only one sheen), select the sheen
required for each system. In this case, the specifier may
leave the sheen decision for later, with the understanding
that there is a possibly significant cost difference between
different sheens for the same type of paint. If more than
one sheen is required, each sheen available is listed with
a fill-in-the-blank to indicate where each is to be used.
4. Decide whether you want Premium (2 top coats) or
Custom (1 top coat) systems — the number of coats of
which type of material are defined in the Manual.
5. Decide how you will deal with situations where the
manufacturer proposed for use does not have MPIapproved products for all required systems. The specifier
has several options spelled out in the beginning of PART
6. When PART 2 is complete, go to PART 3 and define the
scope of items TO BE PAINTED and NOT TO BE
PAINTED. Then go back to the beginning of PART 1 and
read/edit down.
BSD is pleased to have Don Newman, AIA, CCS, as editor for
this section. Comments and questions may be directed to
Don at RightSpec, [email protected] Ordering
information for the MPI Manuals is available at, by calling (888) 674-8937, or by email at
[email protected] The Approved Products List is on the
web at
Next quarter we expect to have two more sections based on
the MPI system: 09960 - High Performance Coatings, and
07190 - Water Repellents.
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SpecLink Section Synopses
New Proprietary Sections
02632 ISI - Underground Storm Water Retention:
Invisible Structures, Inc.; Rainstore3, a plastic structure used to
store accumulated stormwater underground; supports an H-20
vehicular loading allowing the construction of driving areas, parking
lots, and small structures over the completed system.
02834 VSL - Modular Concrete Retaining Walls:
Versa-Lok Retaining Wall Systems; solid, pinned system means
unmatched durability, on-site unit modification, and easy installation; unlimited design capabilities.
05400 CEM - Cold Formed Metal Framing:
CEMCO; steel studs, joists, and trusses; requires the use of “Prime
Mill Certified Steel” which is standard with CEMCO products.
This ensures that the steel framing will meet the requirements of the
AISI Specification for Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members
without the need for independent laboratory material testing.
05715 DUV - Fabricated Spiral Stairs:
Duvinage Corporation; custom fabricated spiral stairs; architectural
and contractor advisory services, consulting services, cost estimates,
and layout services are provided at no cost.
06441 HBG - Architectural Wood Columns:
HB&G; architectural wood columns, caps, and bases; round and
square, plain and fluted.
07411 MCA - Metal Wall Panels:
Mitsubishi Chemical America, Inc.; standard and fire rated metal
wall panels. ALPOLIC is an aluminum composite material (ACM)
produced by bonding two thin sheets of aluminum on either side of
a thermoplastic core to create a composite panel. They offer the
rigidity of heavy gauge sheet metal in a lightweight aluminum faced
composite material, and feature such attributes as superior flatness,
vibration dampening, durability and ease of maintenance.
07411 KAN - Metal Wall Panels:
Kanalco Ltd.; custom exterior cladding fabrication using Alcoa
Reynobond® aluminum composite panels.
08380 CHS - Traffic Doors:
08505 WAC - Between Glass Venetian Blinds:
Window Accessory Company Incorporated; aluminum blinds for
factory installation between 2 panes of glass in aluminum or wood
windows. Most major commercial window manufacturers offer
between glass blinds made by WACI; blinds become a permanent
part of the window system, requiring virtually no maintenance.
08568 TOL - Vinyl Interior Windows:
Therm-O-Lite Inc.; PVC windows that improve thermal performance and reduce noise transmission without the expense or
inconvenience of replacing existing windows. Three window styles
are available — fixed, horizontally sliding, and double-hung — plus
an interior patio sliding door. Between glass louver blinds can be
used with any window style.
08581 ALL - Custom Storm Windows:
Allied Window, Inc.; “invisible” custom aluminum storm windows
for historic and other renovation projects on commercial or residential buildings; designed to achieve the optimum balance of energy
savings for heating and cooling, aesthetics, sash protection, noise
reduction, cost, comfort, and ultra-violet (UV) reduction.
08589 TMW - Hurricane Resistant Windows:
TM Window & Door, LLC; Florida’s Best™ small and largemissile-impact rated windows.
08631 SOL - Metal-Framed Skylights:
Solar Innovations; custom prefabricated aluminum and wood
framed skylights.
08719 HAF - Sliding and Folding Door Hardware:
Hafele America Co.; Hawa hardware for wood and glass doors,
pocket, sliding, and folding walls. Junior series hardware is a
maintenance free, top hung aluminum track system with an integrated track stop, two high density nylon wheel trolleys, and floor
guide or channel for straight track with glass, metal, or wood.
Curved track applications and multiple panel sliding walls for glass
panels use Variotec or Cornertec, and Variotec for wood panels.
08830 PAL - Mirrors:
Palmer Products Corporation; Mirro-Mastic adhesives for glass and
acrylic mirrors.
Chase Industries, Inc.; polyethylene and wood core high impact
traffic doors for vehicular and pedestrian traffic, with a wide
selection of finishes and additional logos, informational signage,
and graphics.
09640 BAM - Wood Flooring:
08396 TMW - Hurricane Resistant Doors:
Wire Crafters, LLC; steel woven wire storage lockers.
TM Window & Door, LLC; Florida’s Best™ small and largemissile-impact rated French and sliding glass doors.
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Mintec Corporation; Bamtex solid and engineered bamboo plank
10510 WCF - Wire Mesh Lockers:
SpecLink Section Synopses cont.
10605 WCF - Wire Mesh Partitions:
Wire Crafters, LLC; woven wire partitions, industrial barriers to
separate work areas, and mezzanine railings, based on the simple
idea that 4 foot or 5 foot high panels stack one on top of the other
between tubular posts to reach the finished partition height; no need
for different ceiling panels or supplementary stiffeners.
10671 K&V - Shelving and Closet Hardware:
Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Company; shelf standards, brackets,
hang rods.
10811 EXL - Electric Hand Dryers:
Excel Dryer, Inc.; automatic and push-button electric hand and hair
12511 HSC2 - Mailroom Furniture:
Hamilton Sorter, Co., Inc.; mail receiving, sorting, and distribution
components, with accessory equipment; units are completely
modular and reconfigurable. Hamilton Sorter can provide design
advice and drawings if desired. Call for their “Mailroom Planning
Guide”, catalog of models available, and Autocad templates.
13123 SOL - Glazed Structures:
Solar Innovations; custom prefabricated aluminum and wood
framed glazed structures. Their comprehensive product line includes
conservatories, greenhouses, greenhouse planning, skylights, pool
and spa enclosures, four season sunrooms and more.
15080 KFG - Mechanical Insulation:
Knauf Fiber Glass GmbH; thermal and acoustic insulation for
piping, equipment, and ducts; duct liner. This section covers
Knauf’s molded fiber glass pipe insulation, fiber glass board and
blanket insulation, fiber glass duct wrap and duct liner.
15131 TAC - Vertical In-Line Pumps:
Taco Incorporated; split coupled vertical pumps and direct coupled
vertical pumps; ideal for HVAC and industrial applications,
including pressure boosting, cooling towers, and domestic water
service flows to 3500 gpm.
15770 HTZ - Floor-Heating and Snow-Melting
Heatizon Systems; heating cable and mesh for installation in
concrete, under most floor coverings, and under roof coverings to
de-ice gutters.
New Generic Section
New Generic Section
13130 - Tensioned Fabric Structures:
This new generic section covers fabric structures supported by rigid
structures and cables. It is a design-build specification intended for
use when the manufacturer is responsible for the design, manufacture, and installation of the entire tension membrane structure. If
this structure must be supported on another building structure, the
manufacturer must confirm structural attachment points and reaction
loads before the structural engineer can complete the design of that
other structure — that will usually need to occur prior to completion
of the tension structure design and possibly before the contract has
been awarded.
Some generic types of fabric are included. If a specific fabric is
required, either specify it by manufacturer and brand name or add
its physical properties to the specification.
Revised Section
06173 - Plate-Connected Wood Trusses:
Since most trusses of this type are designed by the local or regional
fabricator using software provided by the truss plate manufacturer,
we asked the Wood Truss Council of America (WTCA) what to
specify in the way of professional engineer design. To paraphrase
their answer:
Some truss manufacturers have every truss “sealed” by a Professional Structural Engineer. Some states have “Manufactured
Products Exemptions” — in these cases trusses do not have to be
sealed before leaving the plant. Although it is not that common,
some truss plants employ a professional engineer that can seal the
truss design drawings on site. Truss plants can also have their
drawings sealed by a professional engineer employed by the truss
plate company itself. In any case, the building official can always
request the engineering information or a sealed drawing for a truss
they are looking at. For trusses not sealed by a professional engineer, the experience and training of the Truss Technician who
designs the truss using the software determines the quality. WTCA
offers Truss Technician Training classes and has inaugurated a
Quality Control certification program for fabricator plants.
Professional engineer design, as described in this SpecLink section,
is therefore a viable option even though the trusses are designed
using software. However, it would be good to determine whether
that is necessary before requiring it, since it is likely to increase the
cost. For more information on this issue, WTCA suggests “WTCA
4-2002 - National Standard and Recommended Guidelines on
Responsibilities for Construction Using Metal Plate Connected
Wood Trusses - ANSI/TPI/WTCA 4-2002", available free in .pdf
format at their web site. The membership list on the web site lists
local fabricators.
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“20 Years in Business” from page 1
ers that were just entering the marketplace. He turned out to be right.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was
BSD’s first client and remained its
major client for many years. Starting in
the mid-1980’s, BSD developed a
series of sophisticated cost estimating
products for the Corps, simultaneously
developing commercial equivalents.
Composer Gold™was BSD’s original
flagship DOS product and is still in use
by hundreds of cost estimators who
refuse to give it up for the flashier
Windows-based products that succeeded it. Today BSD CostLink ® /CM is
BSD’s premier product for detailed
cost estimating. BSD CostLink/AE,
BSD’s newest product, allows architects and engineers to prepare accurate
cost estimates as early as the design
development phase.
BSD began to expand its product line
into the construction specifications
arena when Robert Paul Dean joined
the company in 1993. BSD SpecLink ®
was BSD’s first specifications product
and was introduced seven years ago.
Subsequently, BSD worked with the
Construction Specifications Institute
and the Design-Build Institute of
America to produce PerSpective ®, the
first and only performance-based
specification system on the market.
Today, BSD is a company with 18
employees and a comfortable new home
in the fashionable Buckhead district of
Atlanta. We remain dedicated to John
Witherspoon’s original dream of
producing innovative, useful software
tools for the AEC market, and we enjoy
what we are doing. Here’s to the next
20 years!
Two years ago, BSD produced the
initial version of AGC DocuBuilder ®
for the Associated General Contractors
of America. DocuBuilder is an automated software tool for producing
contract documents that are based on
AGC’s standard contract forms.
Back Row: Robert Dean, John Witherspoon, Jim Partlow, Martin Spetko, Bryant Hendricks, and George Donaldson.
Middle Row: Laurie Newman, Charlie Hooper, Bill Wheeler, Susan McClendon, Marjorie Boyd, Niki Koplowitz, and Karen Dean.
Front Row: Amanda Bettandorff, Beth Newman, Cathi Greenwood, David Rogers, and Laura Gemmell.
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“SL & PS Improve” from page 2
try again?” If you click Yes, the
software will change you to Master
View and will also Show All Levels.
You can then proceed with the task at
One last change this quarter is less
visible but is potentially very significant. Whenever the latest versions of
SpecLink and PerSpective are running,
there will be another application
running in the background. This
separate program, named
aecLinkMan™, has been designed to
perform many coordination functions
and ultimately will allow SpecLink and
PerSpective to communicate with other
programs such as BSD CostLink®/CM,
Costlink®/AE, and various CAD
applications. Currently, aecLinkMan
facilitates dynamic linking between
BSD CostLink/CM and CostLink/AE
and Microsoft Excel.
Beginning with the Spring 2003 release, aecLinkMan will record statistical data on SpecLink usage that in the
future will allow BSD to better focus
its resources on improving sections that
are most in demand. This data will be
collected periodically to paint an
overall picture of how specifications
are being created and used by our
customer base.
BSD’s Latest Additions ...
Two new employees, Bill Wheeler and Bryant Hendricks,
have recently joined BSD, and we would like to introduce
them to you.
Bill Wheeler, BSD’s new Sr. Account Manager for our BSD
CostLink/CM cost estimating product, looks forward to
working with our existing and future
customers. In his new role, he will
be responsible for providing customers with our world-class cost estimating solutions and working
closely with them to ensure successful implementation and use of our
software. He will also provide
customer feedback to BSD management. We are excited about having
Bill in this role and the value he will
bring to our customers.
Originally from Birmingham, AL,
Bill worked for software development firms in northern
Virginia, Florida, and Alabama before moving to Atlanta. He
has sold software applications and tools on Mainframe, AS/
400, UNIX, and NT platforms/operating systems. Bill
Wheeler has a BS in Business Administration from Auburn
University with MBA Studies from Samford University, and
has twenty plus years in software sales, including several
years selling residential construction software. He has been in
Atlanta for fifteen years with his wife and two children. In his
spare time, Bill enjoys golfing and spending time with his
Bryant Hendricks, CSI, is the new Director of Sales and
Marketing at BSD. He comes to us with over 18 years of
AEC sales and marketing leadership experience in senior
management. He has established a distinguished record of
sales growth and marketing successes in some of the world’s
leading AEC technology companies.
After running his own successful
consulting company, Bryant used
his innovative sales and marketing
strategies to grow start-up Applications Development, Inc.’s PCbased software sales from less than
$1M to over $6M in three years.
He positioned the company to
become its market leader, boasting
the largest installed base of plant
design software in the world.
Bryant continued his success with
Rebis Industrial Workgroup
Software, Bentley Systems, and other leading AEC software
solutions providers before joining BSD.
Bryant is an active member in numerous sales, marketing and
other industry related organizations including CSI, PMI, and
AACEI. He also enjoys volunteer work in community
outreach programs. Bryant recently moved to Atlanta with his
wife, who is an elementary school teacher. He looks forward
to fishing the local lakes in his bass boat during some of his
free time. He is also an avid Atlanta Braves, Falcons, and
college sports fan.
BSD LinkLine Spring 2003
are traveling. Can we run BSD software this
All Products
I’m trying to install my update and I
keep getting ‘error during move data
process.’ What does this error mean?
The error means that the installation
is unable to overwrite a file. To get
rid of the error, first make sure no one is in
the software. The update cannot be installed
if any of the program files are in use. If
someone’s computer crashed while they had
the software open, reboot that computer.
Next, disable any antivirus software. And
finally make sure you have full rights to the
directory where you are installing the
I like to open files by doubleclicking on them in Windows
Explorer. Can I do that with files I create
with BSD software?
Yes. To start the software and open a
project by double-clicking a project
or database filename in Windows Explorer,
navigate to any BSD project or database and
double-click on the file. You will see the
Windows ‘Open With’ dialog box. From the
list of software on your computer, select the
appropriate BSD software (SpecLink+,
PerSpective, CostLink/CM, or CostLink/
AE). Leave the checkmark in the ‘Always
use this program to open this file’ checkbox,
and then click OK. Do this for each type of
BSD file that you would like to be able to
open by double-clicking.
Note that opening a file this way opens it for
your exclusive use. If you have a multi-user
license, do not use this method for files you
are sharing with others.
Our company has a Citrix server that
people run software from when they
BSD LinkLine Spring 2003
Yes. On the Citrix server perform a
Typical installation of SpecLink or
PerSpective, or perform a Complete
installation of CostLink/CM. You will need
to get an Access Key for the server - call
BSD Technical Support (800-266-7732) to
discuss your options and to see if you will
need to buy a key for the server, or if you
have a license that you can move to the
server at no cost.
Once the software is installed and has a key,
employees at your company will be able to
run BSD software from the Citrix server
when they are traveling in the same way
they run other applications. No installation
will be required on the computers the users
are dialing in from.
Last quarter, there was an interim
release for the BSD product I use.
Do I need to install that again after I install
my update?
No. The update CD you just received
includes the interim release, plus
new software enhancements. Do not install
any interim releases over the current update,
unless otherwise directed by BSD Technical
BSD CostLink/AE & CostLink/CM
What will happen to costs in my
CostLink/AE estimates when I install
the Spring 2003 update?
Nothing will happen to your costs
unless you select to update them to
the 2003 RS Means costs. The 2003 RS
Means database will be installed when you
install the update. Any new projects you
create from the CostLink/AE templates will
use the 2003 costs. When you open or copy
existing projects, they will still be using the
2002 costs. You can then choose the option
Change RS Means Database from the Tools
menu. You will be presented with different
options about which costs you would like to
change. See the CostLink/AE Release Notes
for details.
How can I change the company name
that appears in the report header?
To change it for all reports, close all
open databases, and click on File |
Permissions. The Company name field can
be changed here. Click OK when finished.
To change the Company Name field for one
project only, open the project, click on File |
Report Setup, and change the name on the
top of the Select Reports tab.
I am trying to search for “wiring”
tasks in Division 16. I clicked on the
first folder in Division 16 and selected
“Down” as my search direction, but it keeps
finding tasks in Division 2 instead. How can
I get it to search only Division 16?
In order to search the tasks in
Division 16, click on the first task in
that Division (instead of clicking on a
folder), open the Find dialog box and enter
the search criteria, including “Down” as the
search direction, and then click Find Next
(not Find First).
In CostLink/CM, I’m trying to open
my assemblies database and I get
Error 3045: Could not use [filepath]
If you have Access 2000 installed,
your computer recognizes the
Assemblies database extension (*.MAS) as
an Access file. To fix this, open Windows
Explorer and either go to the View menu
and choose Folder Options, or if you are
using Windows 2000, from the Tools menu
choose Folder Options. Click the File Types
tab and locate the .MAS extension. Change
the association for it to CostLink/CM.
You also need to edit your computer’s
registry. You may want to ask your system
administrator to do this part. Click the Start
button and choose Run. Type regedit and
click OK. Expand the folder
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and locate the
.mas folder. Delete the .mas folder. Close
the registry editor and restart your computer.
You should now be able to open your
assemblies databases in CostLink/CM.
I estimate many of the same type of
building. Sometimes it is only the
size of the building that changes. Is there a
way to copy an old estimate and just change
the size to change the cost of the estimate?
Yes. You can use the linking features
in CostLink/CM and CostLink/AE to
link the quantity of tasks to their parent
folders, and link the parent folders to their
parent folders. You could also link to Excel,
where you would enter the size of the
building and any other factors that would be
used to determine the cost of a different
building. See the release notes for information on linking to parent folder quantities.
See the Linking chapter of the User Manual
for a tutorial on Linking to Excel.
BSD SpecLink+ & PerSpective
Is there an easy way to copy text
from my word processor into
SpecLink or PerSpective?
Yes. Copy the text in your word
processor (you can even try copying
text on a web page or in an Excel spreadsheet), click in the paragraph that should
follow the copied text in SpecLink+ or
PerSpective, and then Paste (or choose
Import From Clipboard from the Tools
menu). You will be asked if you want the
paragraphs selected on import.
This feature has been greatly improved in
the Spring 2003 release. It now ignores
paragraph numbers in most cases, and many
of the situations that would have resulted in
a “break in levels” error in previous
versions will now import without error. Try
it out!
How can I save a particular paragraph format that a client likes?
From the Tools menu, choose
Customize Styles. On the Styles tab
of the Modify Paragraph Format box you
can select one of four pre-defined options
from the Style Set pulldown: CSI Style,
Military Style, Block Style, and Sequential
Numbering Style. Choose the option that
most closely matches the format that your
client likes, and then make any necessary
modifications. (For more directions on how
to make modifications, see Chapter 9:
Printing in the updated User manual on the
CD.) When you modify the style it will be
saved as the User-Defined Style. You can
have one user-defined style per project.
If you have several clients that each want a
different style, create empty projects (no
sections selected) and set the style that each
client desires in each project. Then, each
time you start a new project, use Copy
Project to copy the project for that client.
Then if you use an office master, import the
sections or chapters you need using
Tools...Import From Project.
In PerSpective, how can I get an
overview of the structure and
understand what each chapter is for?
There is a catalog listing of all the
chapters, plus summaries of each in
a searchable Word format on the CD. It is
located in \info\PerSpec\ and is named
I created a paragraph, and now when
I try to delete it I get the message
“Branch includes Master Paragraph. Unable
to delete.” How can I delete the paragraph?
Click to place your cursor in the
paragraph you added, then from the
Document menu choose Demote (not
Demote Branch). Now you will be able to
delete the paragraph.
Can I insert a page break?
I am creating a new section and
would like it to be listed in the
requirements reports when certain paragraphs are selected. Up until now I have
been finding paragraphs that had the right
tag, copying them, and pasting them into my
new section, and then editing the text. Is
there an easier way?
You can add Tags to any paragraph.
Just click in the paragraph that needs
the tag, and from the Tags dropdown list on
the formatting toolbar above the Document
Panel choose the appropriate tag. When the
paragraph with the tag is active and you
print the requirements report for the tag, the
section will be listed in the requirements
report. For a list of Tags and their functions,
search Help for Tags.
Yes! New on the Spring 2003
release, you can now insert page
breaks. Click in the paragraph that you want
to be at the top of the next page, then either
click the Insert Page Break button on the
toolbar, or choose Insert Page Break from
the Document menu. A solid line representing the page break will appear above the
paragraph. To remove a page break, click in
the paragraph that has the dark line above it,
then either click the Remove Page Break
button on the toolbar, or choose Remove
Page Break from the Document menu.
NOTE: The paragraph must be active and
must not have the NP or NS tags in order for
the page break to work.
In SpecLink, how do I find a section
on a particular product?
There is a catalog listing of all the
sections in a searchable Word format
on the CD. It is located in \info\SpecPlus\
and is named after the current quarter, for
example Spring2003.doc. Open the file and
use Find in your word processor to search
for the section you need.
More questions?
Contact BSD Techinal Support:
Toll Free: 800-266-7732
In Atlanta: 404-365-9226
Email: [email protected]
BSD LinkLine Spring 2003
Training Schedule
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December 8-9
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June 18-20
July 9-11
August 6-8
September 10-12
October 22-24
December 10-12
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