Harrison Grierson, one of New Zealand’s most respected engineering consultancies, recently approached Masterspec to assess their engineering specification libraries, written specifically for Structural, Civil and Services Consulting Engineers. The brief was to review their specification documentation and investigate risk minimisation to the practice using Masterspec as the recognised “industry standard” specification system.
| |Andrew Simpson
Structural Engineering Team Leader
Andrew Simpson Team Leader – Structural Engineering, was an advocate from the start after being on the advisory panel for the development
of Masterspec’s Structural & Civil library some years earlier.
“Our standard in-house specification was time intensive to maintain with frequent changes to Codes and Standards. Like many professional practices, we no longer had the regime, nor the staff time, to properly maintain an in-house specification”.
A comparison made between their own cover-all, specific specification against the Masterspec content (built around project specific documentation), showed that with the exception of some minor clause changes distinct to Harrison Grierson, the content was comparative. The Masterspec work sections are written in an ordered and concise format, without repeating contradictory information.
The team feedback has been positive. According to Mechanical Team Leader Holger Zipfel, one of the key advantages has been the ability to set up an Office Template for the mechanical team incorporating Masterspec content with customised practice clauses.
Adding confidence to that, Masterspec continually flags changes to work sections, highlighting the latest Building Codes, NZ Standards and product updates, released on a monthly basis.
Other features that have provided efficiencies to the Harrison Grierson team include:
• A confidential, cloud-based portal containing all office masters and project specifications, supporting agile working regardless of office location
• Pre-editing of work sections with a section specific Q&A tool to remove clauses not required in the project
• Content peer reviewed by industry professionals
• Time-efficient and cost-effective solution without compromising practice standards
The Harrison Grierson team feel the staged implementation is going well and improving the consistency of their specifications. The structural
team has recently removed their original Harrison Grierson specification templates and now only create specifications within the Masterspec portal.
“ Masterspec has held our hand every step of the way, providing guidance for how we should run our implementation, responding quickly to our questions and anticipating our needs, as well as alerting us to any issues/ risks in our processes so we could resolve or avoid them. Absolutely, we would recommend them.”.
Knowledge and Information Team