BSD SpecLink®+
Building Systems Design
WINTER 2000/2001
BSD SpecLink®+
Makes Its Debut - More Editing Possibilities
With this issue of BSD SoftLink products, Version 3.0 of BSD SpecLink+ makes
its initial appearance. Based on Windows 32-bit architecture, the new product has
an underlying structure that is similar to the original 16-bit product but presents a
completely new look and offers many new capabilities.
A single window divided into two panels (below) has replaced the two main
windows of the 16-bit product. On the left is the Tree Panel that operates like
Windows Explorer and takes the place of the Project Window. Instead of a
separate Section Window, the Document Panel on the right is where the section
selected in the tree is displayed and edited.
The Document Panel looks and feels much like a conventional word processing
program. Instead of a separate Edit Panel at the bottom of the Section Window, a
user now makes changes directly in the document. To edit text, you simply block
to delete and click to insert. Adding a new paragraph is also as simple as placing
the cursor at the beginning or end of a paragraph and pressing Enter.
We’ve made the program more intuitive. Double clicking has been replaced in
almost all situations by a single click. In addition to retaining the advantages of
establishing document format in one place, the new SpecLink now allows customized formatting of individual paragraphs. For instance, you can block text in a
paragraph and underline it, bold it, or apply a different font that takes precedence
over the style
established for
that level. You
can also change
the justification
for a single
paragraph, insert
tabs, or turn off
its paragraph
updated paragraph numbering
now appears in
See SpecLink+,
page 7
CostLink/CM adds
Export to Mcaces
orking for the Corps of
Engineers? Many
Government offices are
requesting that their consultants deliver
cost estimates in MCACES for
Windows (MFW) or MCACES Gold
Because many of our users do both
commercial and government estimates
we have incorporated new functionality
into the latest release of CostLink/CM
that supports export of CM estimates
to the older MFW/Gold format. Now
you can use all the estimating power
and advanced reporting capabilities of
CostLink/CM and still meet
Government specs with your electronic
estimate submittal. This article
provides some general guidelines to
insure a completely successful
submittal on your next Government
See Export to Mcaces, page 7
Table of Contents
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Export to Mcaces .............
An Interview With .............
Q & A .................................
About Your SpecLink
Quarterly Update ....
Export to PDF ....................
2001 Training Schedule ..
We’re OK! ..........................
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An Interview With...
Bill Gilmore of William Gilmore Architect
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SpecLink users come in all shapes and
sizes, from large design/build firms to
single proprietors. Bill Gilmore runs a
successful 1 man firm in San Francisco, California. His principal business is custom single family residential
and he also does office interior design.
Gilmore purchased his SP license in
1998 after seeing BSD SpecLink at the
AIA Convention held in San Francisco
that year. He had just struck out on his
own and was looking for a way to do
his specs. He found SpecLink pretty
simple to learn to use. He studied one
of the model projects to see how a
project was put together, and he
worked through the tutorial found in the
User Manual which he said was very
He completes approximately 6 to 10
projects per year, depending on size.
Many times he has to start a project
from scratch, but he says he is not
afraid to reuse a project, making the
proper changes, since he can see what
the other options are in the master.
When asked what he likes best about
SpecLink, Gilmore answered “BSD
SpecLink keeps my specifications
organized. I know exactly which
sections are completed and which need
to be done.”
Ozzie Mest of STV, Inc.
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CostLink user for nearly 4
years. He originally purchased the 16-bit version of
BSD CostLink and then
upgraded to the 32-bit
CostLink/CM last year. Even
though Mest is the only user
in the office, he is especially
prolific having completed over
66 estimates, from a $100K
renovation project to a $10.4
million new construction
Ozzie Mest of STV, Inc. in Douglasville,
Pennsylvania has been a loyal
Mest took BSD’s 4.5 day
training class which left him confident
to use the software on his own. BSD
offers hands-on training and students
work on two complete estimates while
in class. Mest has also purchased
ESP, BSD’s Extended Support Plan,
which gives him unlimited technical
support plus free software updates. He
uses the R.S. Means commercial cost
Mest says that he looked at 15 or 16
different products but found CostLink
the best, most user-friendly product on
the market. When asked what feature
he finds most useful he says “the
flexibility of the system – you can
create a project any way you want –
suitable for all types of engineering.”
Chuck Ahlenius of Architectural Expressions
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Mr. Charles Ahlenius is an electrical
engineer for Architectural Expressions
in Decatur Illinois. This firm of 19
concentrates their work primarily in the
healthcare industry.
Architectural Expressions purchased a
multi-user Comprehensive SpecLink
license 3 years ago and it is used by
all the architects and engineers in the
office. Since SpecLink counts concurrent users, many people can have
access to the system, but you only
have to license the number that will be
in the system at any one time. This
results in significant savings.
The users are primarily self-taught and
say that the SpecLink system is pretty
intuitive. They have assigned one
person who administers the system
front-end. They have created office
masters by client, so that
each client’s needs are
met. Ahlenius says that
he typically starts editing
in Part 2 and “likes the
linking of Part 2 to Part 1”.
Ahlenius continued “Writing specs is
faster with SpecLink because all of your
choices are in front of you, plus the
whole picture is there, ie. the whole
database is in front of you, rather than
just working with one section. It’s easy
to copy parts of projects to new
projects too which saves time.”
BSD SpecLink+
Since Speclink+ is a 32-bit
Windows program, does that
mean I can finally use long file names?
Yes, the previous version of
SpecLink was a 16-bit Windows
program and was therefore restricted to
8 character filenames with a 3character extension. 32-bit programs
allow longer filenames. A filename can
contain up to 255 characters, including
spaces. But, it cannot contain any of
the following characters: \ / : * ? “ < > |.
Just remember not to change the
extension that SpecLink uses to name
your files.
Is there a way to show changes
to a specification when we
reissue a spec section with a new
This was not available in the old
SpecLink, but is a new feature in
SpecLink+. When you issue a set of
specs, it is always wise to save a
record copy of the file issued. If you
need to reissue parts of the specs,
make a copy of your original and make
the necessary edits to the new file.
Then select Compare Projects from the
Tools menu and enter the two
filenames. A resulting report shows
deleted text as crossed out and added
text as underlined.
Note: If you don’t like the idea of
your amended text being
crossed-out and underlined,
SpecLink+’s new text formatting
capabilities will let you bold changed
text as you add it, making it easier for
people to see your changes.
BSD SpecLink
How can I make a proprietary
spec into a generic spec?
In cases where a generic spec is
desired but only a proprietary
spec is available, it must first be
determined if the product listed is in
fact unique. If it is not unique, and there
are other known manufacturers, then
these should be listed under the
Manufacturers section of Part 2. In the
absence of listed manufacturers, the
language “or equal” could be added.
The section should also be searched
for references to specific product
names or ID numbers and these should
be removed or “genericized”.
One of my paragraphs has been
excluded with a red link. I know I
can override it in my project, but how
can I override it permanently?
You cannot delete Master Links;
only override them. Before you
override them, it is reasonable to view
the reason for the link and consider its
implications. The first thing to do is to
go to the View menu, Status Columns,
and turn on the Item Sequence
numbers. This way you can see the
unique number assigned to each
paragraph. Now go to the View menu,
Set Option Panel, and select Show
Link Sources. (Or click on the View
Links button on the toolbar. It looks
like a link of chain). Each link has a
Source and a Target. The Source is
the paragraph that must be selected for
the link to take affect. The Target is the
paragraph whose status is affected by
the link. Paragraphs with multiple link
sources respond to the links by a
hierarchy described in Help. If you truly
believe that a Master Link is in error,
please contact Tech Support who can
put you in touch with one of our spec
I want to add a new choice to a
list of choices in a paragraph.
How do I do it?
You can add choices to useradded or copied paragraphs.
With the cursor in the edit panel on the
current choice, select Edit Choice from
the Choices menu. The list of current
choices is displayed. Click on the Add
button and a <new choice> of the same
Choice Type is added. Type your text
in the field. If you want to add a brand
new choice field, put your cursor in the
correct position in the edit panel, and
select Add Choice from the Choice
Panel. In this case you will have to
select a Choice Type (exclusive
multiple choice, inclusive multiple
choice, fill-in, etc.) from the pulldown
I have made adjustments to the
style of my level 2 paragraphs,
but when I print out a draft copy to edit,
the style changes are not shown?
Because a draft copy is just that,
a draft, SpecLink does not apply
style changes. Once you are ready to
print the edited section, the paragraphs
will all print with their correct formatting.
All of a sudden, spell check is
saying that words like “identify”
are not found in the dictionary?
There are two files that you must
have in the proper places for the
spell check to work. The SpecLink
dictionary is called speclink.dct and
should be located in the
speclink\system folder. The custom
dictionary, for words you want to enter,
is called custom.dct and should be
located in the Speclink folder.
Is there a place that abbreviations such as IMIAWC are
spelled out?
See Q & A, page 4
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Yes, in section 01425 Reference Standards, under Part
2 – Construction Industry Organization
Documents, bibliographical citations
are listed. Perhaps the easiest way to
search this section is to click on the
Find button (looks like binoculars) and
type in the abbreviation you are looking
for. (By the way, IMIAWC stands for
International Masonry Industry AllWeather Council).
I would like to create a link within
the same paragraph, so that if I
select a choice near the beginning of
the paragraph, it automatically selects
a choice later in the paragraph.
This is not currently possible in
the software however there are
two easy workarounds. It may be
better to create a long choice field
containing both desired clauses. This
way it is easier for the user to see
what the whole choice is. Alternatively,
you could divide the paragraph into two
paragraphs, so a choice in paragraph 1
links to the desired choice in
paragraph 2.
Note: If you are planning to
update your Novell software to
Client version 3.21, you should be
aware that this will cause an error in
SpecLink. The error message is
“Waiting for another user to complete
an operation… requires single user
access.” The message displays even
when there is not another person
working in the software. Novell has
fixed the problem and provided an
update available on their website.
Please contact BSD support for the
How can I find a section if I don’t
know the CSI number?
Included with each quarterly
update is a printout of all the
SpecLink sections, numbers and
descriptions. If you have no idea which
Division a section might be in, looking
through the list could be tedious. There
is an electronic version of the catalog
listing on the CD under the
Pricing\SpecLink\ called 00Winter.doc
for the Winter 2000 issue. Open this
file in a word processor to search it with
the Find command.
Note on Contributor Rewards:
Any subscriber firm may offer
sections they have created for consideration as new SpecLink sections. If
we accept a subscriber’s contribution
and add it to the database, the subscriber will receive a full 3-month
extension on their subscription. All
topics not currently included in the
database are candidates. We also
consider how likely it is that other users
will benefit from the added sections.
BSD CostLink/CM
I am trying to copy cost items
from one estimate to another, but
the costs are not coming out the same.
There are a couple of reasons
why the costs would not be
exactly the same when an item is
copied. The most common reason is
that the resources (labor and
equipment rates) that are a part of a
line item have already been defined
within the new estimate with different
unit rates than in the original estimate.
The other reason, as was discovered in
this case, was that each estimate had
different direct cost columns defined,
so that not all of the unit costs could be
copied from one estimate to the other.
How can I create alternates in
my estimate?
Reporting of alternates is
available with portrait reports. Go
to the Reports Setup screen (from the
File menu) and click in the Use Level
One for Base Cost and Alternates box
(only available when Portrait reports are
selected). This option looks at the level
1 folders in your WBS and makes the
first folder the estimate base bid and all
other folders alternate costs. After you
have made this selection, a plus sign,
indicating an alternate, appears on the
folders in the tree.
I created an assembly and
copied it into my estimate. I
then realized that I had forgotten to
input a unit of measure. I went back to
the assembly database and input the
unit of measure. Then I deleted the
assembly from my project and recopied
it from the assembly database. But
this did not copy the amounts correctly.
What’s going on?
When you copied the original
assembly into your project,
assembly resources were also added
to the estimate. These can be viewed
in the Assembly Resource View. When
you deleted cost items from your
project, the resources are not
automatically deleted since they could
be in use by other cost items.
Therefore, when you tried to copy the
corrected assembly, the assembly
resources, albeit incorrect, were
already found in the estimate and were
not updated. These resources can be
corrected from within Assembly
Resource View in order to make the
assembly correct with its unit of
I have an old estimate that I
would like to reuse. The labor
rates are different for this estimate.
How can I update the labor costs?
Before you decide how you want
to do it, you need to ask yourself
a few questions. Do you already have
a labor rates library with the correct
costs for the new location? If so,
simply open the project, and then open
Summary Info from the File menu.
Click on the Databases tab and in the
Update Labor Rates/Location field
select the labor library. Lastly, click
the Reprice button. This function
updates the labor costs for all tasks in
the project that use matching labor
item IDs. This includes tasks that
derive their labor costs from crews as
well as tasks created from individual
labor items. Note: When you reprice,
BSD CostLink/CM produces a log file
with a .TXT extension that lists any
labor items that were not found in the
table you repriced from and which were
therefore not updated.
If you don’t have a labor library, do you
want to create one that can also be
used on future jobs? If you want to
create a new library, copy the existing
labor rates library to a new name and
update the labor costs within it. Then
reprice your estimate as described above.
If this is a one-time project and you
don’t need a labor library, then you can
simply open the labor resource in the
estimate and change the labor rates
date, and the catalog listing uses the
date to filter the records. Unfortunately,
Mcaces believes that this is 1900! By
switching to the Filters and Formats
tab and excluding items from today and
older, your can make your report print.
Mcaces for Windows/Mcaces Gold
I added a lot of notes to my
estimate on both titles and
detail, but my title notes are not
In Report setup screen, find the
rows for which title levels and
notes levels to print, and add Y’s all the
way across.
I am trying to print a catalog
listing of a portion of my unit
price database, and I’m getting an error.
This is related to Y2K. Mcaces
uses just a 2-character ID for the
I have an estimate that was done
by another office. When I
change the manhours, the labor cost
does not change accordingly.
There are several estimate types
available with the two most
common being Unit Price (U) and
AutoRecalc (A). In a Unit Cost type
estimate, each direct cost column,
including the manhours column, acts
as an independent price. In an
AutoRecalc estimate, the unit labor,
equipment, and manhours are automatically calculated based on the cost
item’s Crew reference and Crew output.
I would like to be able to adjust
the labor productivity in my
estimate to less than 100%.
If there are particular crews that
you think will be less productive,
you can go into your Crews database,
find the crews that you want to adjust,
and change the productivity percentage
on the Edit screen from 100% to
another amount. Remember that if you
have other estimates that reference this
crew and are set at AutoReprice, they
will also be repriced at the adjusted
crew rate. If you want to change the
overall project labor cost, you can go to
the adjust pricing screen and adjust
that cost by a percentage. Or, if you
just want to adjust the labor for a few
line items, you can edit the Crew
Output for those specific line items.
About Your SpecLink Update
BSD SpecLink Statistics:
• 729 sections total, 289 updated (39%)
• 430 non-proprietary sections, 252 updated or new (58%)
• 301 proprietary sections, 42 updated or new (14%)
• 1 new non-proprietary section, 4 new proprietary sections
• 133,542 paragraphs
• 128,262 links
• 1,915 external documents referenced, from 167
standards organizations
• 667 manufacturer lists in 299 non-proprietary sections
• 831 manufacturers listed in non-proprietary sections, 366
verified with web address added
• 182 manufacturers sponsoring proprietary sections, of
which 148 are not listed in non-proprietary sections
New Generic Section 13200 - Water Storage Tanks.
Large and small, elevated and surface-mounted steel, and
surface-mounted concrete tanks; for domestic and fire
suppression water, including fittings, and equipment. The
specification is essentially design-build, with the manufacturer providing professional engineer design.
New Proprietary Sections:
05725 - Ornamental Railings, Fences, And Gates - Swedge
Lock; aluminum, post, rail and picket style.
07240 - Exterior Insulation and Finish System - Sto Corp.
Premier, Classic, and Essence systems, with Gold Guard.
This section takes the place of their existing section.
10435 - Plastic Lumber Signage - Plastic Lumber Co.; post
and panel signs, routed.
10605 - Wire Mesh Partitions - Acorn Wire & Iron; standard
and heavy duty partitions, with doors and accessories.
Verification of Manufacturer Information
The majority of updating in the last quarter has been devoted
to verifying the existence of listed manufacturers, updating
their name information if necessary, adding their web
address, and verifying that they continue to make the types
of products specified. There are 831 manufacturers listed in
667 different lists in 299 non-proprietary sections of
SpecLink. (131 sections have no manufacturer lists – mostly
in Divisions 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6, where either there are no
products specified or most products are commodities
normally purchased without specifying a manufacturer.)
We have completed about half of the verifying so far and the
remainder will be completed by the next quarterly issue.
Predictably, we have found very, very few manufacturers no
longer in business or not making the products specified.
However, an astounding number have changed their names
or their ownership in the past two years. Of the 831
manufacturers, 366 have been verified and their web address
added. This updating affected 289 of the 299 sections, with
the updated information appearing in 1,121 locations. 619 of
those locations show some change, ranging from negligible
to significant.
Keeping track of company names is an endless occupation
so we’ve instituted some new policies to make it easier for
users and contractors to locate manufacturers when their
ownership changes. What we’ve done is add the Internet
address of the manufacturer’s web site to the listing of the
manufacturer’s name. The web address accomplishes two
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things: 1) it ties the name in the specification to a specific
manufacturer, and 2) it is a more stable “address” than the
phone number or street address. Using the web address
helps reduce confusion or uncertainty when the manufacturer
changes its name or is acquired by another company. For
Best Lock Corporation is now called Best Access
Systems. Because their web address is
a reader of the specification can see at glance that the new
name refers to the same company.
• American Olean is now part of Dal-Tile. Because DalTile also includes the Dal-Tile line of products, and both are
sold separately, the specification continues to list them
separately but includes the Dal-Tile web address
( for both.
• Bell & Gossett is part of ITT, specified as ITT Bell &
Gossett, with the web address of which
gets you directly to the Bell & Gossett page on ITT’s huge
web site.
• B-Line Systems, Inc. is now part of Cooper Industries
but has maintained its brand image as Cooper B-Line, with
the web address of
• Gould Shawmut, maker of fuses, is now Ferraz
Shawmut, but their old address leads right to their new site.
Finally, having the web addresses in the spec is likely to be
just plain useful. Some manufacturers have logically named
addresses, like those listed above. But for many others it is
extremely difficult to guess the address, making it
necessary to use a portal site, like, or a
search engine, like (These two sites are
the ones we’ve found most useful in the verification process.)
Export your SpecLink and
CostLink Projects
to Adobe Acrobat PDF Format
Do you have a requirement to deliver electronic copies of
your specifications and cost estimates? Many clients,
including the Federal government, are now requiring that you
deliver your project specifications and estimate reports in an
electronic format as well as hard copy.
BSD SpecLink users have always had the option of exporting
their project files to RTF, Rich Text Format, a generic word
processing format that is readable by most word processing
programs. The only problem with delivering word processing
files is that they can be changed, inadvertently or on
purpose, after they have left your hands. The same is
possible with exported CostLink estimates.
Adobe has developed a widely accepted format for delivery of
electronic files called PDF, or Portable Document Format.
Using the Adobe Acrobat software, the user creates a PDF
format file from the native format. PDF files are then read
using the Acrobat Reader, a free program that lets you view
and print the documents, but not edit them.
To get a complete list of all the manufacturers listed in
SpecLink, with actual hyperlinks to their web addresses,
send email to Support, at [email protected] Ask for
the Manufacturer Link Library.
Notice of BSD SpecLink
Price Change
Effective January 1, 2001, the cost of all new
subscriptions will increase slightly. Renewal
pricing remains the same so that existing
customers will not be affected.
You can buy the new software at old prices through
the end of the year. To take advantage of this
special offer please contact your sales
representative at 1-800-BSD-SOFT.
Once you own a copy of the Adobe Acrobat software it is
easy to create PDF documents directly from either SpecLink
or CostLink. When you install Acrobat, a printer driver called
Acrobat PDFWriter is also installed. From the Print window,
click on the Default Printer pulldown (see below). Select the
PDFWriter from the list and make your other report
selections. Once the file has been created you will be
prompted for the folder in which to save it. It’s as easy as
printing directly to the printer (and fast)! You can check the
final output by opening the document in the Reader, also
installed with the Acrobat software.
To find out more about Adobe products, visit their website at and click on Products at the top of the
page. Adobe Acrobat is listed under the ePaper product list.
If you would like to download a free copy of the Adobe
Acrobat reader, click the Get Acrobat Reader button at the
bottom of their main page. This link is also available from
the Links page of the BSD website.
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the Document Panel to help you
confirm selected paragraphs.
Embedded choices now show up in
green, blue, and red. Green options
(replaceable terms, units of measure,
publication dates) are globally established in the Summary Info dialog box
and can be deleted in the course of
editing a paragraph. Blue choices
designate exclusive and inclusive
multiple choice options. A single click
anywhere within the blue text “pops up”
a dialog box that displays all available
options. Fill-ins are designated by red
underlines between square brackets. A
single click anywhere between the
brackets blocks the fill-in for your text
entry or for pasting from the clipboard.
One of the most exciting changes in
the new SpecLink is the floating Notes
window. This window is ordinarily
closed, but it can be opened, moved to
a convenient location on the screen,
and resized to suit the user’s preference. After you close the window, it
“remembers” its size and location and
reopens in the same configuration. As
in the 16-bit product, notes attached to
a paragraph are designated in the N
status column. A yellow icon indicates
a master note, a dark blue icon designates a project note. However, a cyan
(light blue icon) now indicates both a
master note and a project note attached to the paragraph.
As you can see, the Notes window has
two tabs, allowing both a master note
and a project note to be appended to
each paragraph.
What’s more, the master
notes panel now has
hyperlink capability. Clicking
on a hyperlink opens the
user’s Internet Explorer
browser and jumps directly
to the designated web page.
We can also insert pictures
in the notes, in addition to
BSD SpecLink will have many illustrations and hyperlinks, greatly enhancing
the usefulness of SpecLink in verifying
that product information is both current
and applicable to the project.
Another brand-new feature in SpecLink
is Compare Projects. This tool allows
you to compare two versions of a
section to see the differences, which
are underlined for additions and
stricken through for deletions. One
obvious application for this feature is
the preparation of addenda. By making
changes in the section and comparing
it to the previous version of the same
section, you can easily produce a
document that clearly shows the
changes from the record set.
Beginning with this edition of the BSD
SoftLink quarterly CD-ROM, all new
subscribers will receive an access key
to SpecLink+ only. For the next year,
our current subscribers will continue to
receive access keys to the original
SpecLink product, which will be phased
out at the end of 2001. We expect that
many users will want to complete
current projects in the older version of
SpecLink, but we encourage all subscribers to begin new projects in the
new product. To that end, BSD will
provide complimentary access keys for
the new product to all our current
customers upon request.
Our main goal in creating SpecLink+
was to retain all the benefits of the
original SpecLink while offering a wide
array of new productivity features.
We’re very excited by this new product
and expect that our users will soon
come to appreciate its many advantages.
Export to Mcaces
continued from page 1
First, it is important to remember that
MCACES Gold, Composer Gold,
MCACES for Windows version 1.2 and
CostLink version 1.6 all have the same
file format and their estimates can be
used interchangeably. CostLink/CM
and M32 also have compatible file
formats of a new design. This is why
estimates developed in BSD
commercial cost products can be
submitted when Mcaces estimates are
Second, the export process will be
most successful with some careful
planning at the beginning of the process. There are a number of capabilities in CostLink/CM, such as 10 direct
cost columns, that are incompatible
with Mcaces (restricted to only 5 direct
cost columns). So if you plan to export
your estimate to Mcaces, you must
make sure that you do not use capabilities that are not available in the other
Finally, a few features (like overtime by
task) cannot be exported and an
alternate approach should be considered. Note that once exported the
project is available for any modifications
or touchups using one of the 16-bit
MCACES tools provided by the Government or the 16-bit Composer and
CostLink products that can be provided
by BSD.
We’ve made it easy for you to use the
enhanced capabilities of CostLink/CM
(complete drag and drop, support for
pictures, alternate hierarchies, executive reports, etc.) while continuing to
support your Government clients as
Complete instructions for Export to
Mcaces are available on the CD in a
document called Export To Mcaces
Format.doc. Please make sure that
you read through the entire list of
instructions and hints before starting a
new estimate. And, as always, our
technical support department is at the
ready to help.
We have made limited use
of this capability in Version
3.0, but future editions of
Training Schedule - New Dates for 2001
BSD SpecLink
BSD CostLink/CM (M32)
1-1/2 day $395
3-1/2 days $1095
December 11 - 12, 2000
January 8 - 9, 2001
February 5 - 6
March 5 - 6
April 9 - 10
May 7 - 8
June 4 - 5
July 9 - 10
August 6 - 7
September 10 - 11
October 8 - 9
November 12 - 13
December 10 - 11
December 5 - 8, 2000
January 23 - 26, 2001
February 13 - 16
March 13 - 16
April 24 - 27
May 22 - 25
June 12 - 15
July 17 - 20
August 21 - 24
September 18 - 21
October 16 - 19
November 6 - 9
December 4 - 7
• Class attendees earn 12 AIA
Learning Unit Hours, all of which
qualify for HSW hours.
• Government Contractors earn
Early Bird Training Special
Sign up for an Atlanta class more than
60 days in advance, and receive a 10%
discount on your enrollment fee.
You can now look for BSD class
schedules on our internet site.
Just go to
and go to the training page. You
will find schedules, maps, hotel
information, and information
Mcaces Certification.
• May qualify for Continuing
Professional Competency credits.
Many thanks to all of you who called worried about us when you could not reach us
on the telephone. A contractor working in the area cut the trunk lines servicing the
Atlanta Midtown area leaving many businesses without phones for nearly a week!
Luckily, our email and Internet service do not go through the local phone company,
so we were able to communicate by email.
Unfortunately, we do not have email addresses for all of our customers. Please take
a minute to email us at [email protected] with your email address so we will
have a way to contact you in the future if our phones ever go out again.
Building Systems Design, Inc.
1175 Peachtree Street, Suite 1900
Atlanta, GA 30361
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