UNIVERSAL HOMES CREATE SPECIFICATIONS “IN LESS THAN HALF THE TIME”
NextGen2 is the new cloud-based version of Masterspec's industry-leading specifications writing tool. It has been developed over three years and is packed with unique features, tools and intuitive workflow systems. NextGen2 allows Architects, designers and specifiers to create and update construction specifications easier, faster and with greater accuracy. So when you have over 200 specification documents to prepare every year, the shift to Masterspec NextGen2 was a logical move.
“When I came to Universal our average specification averaged 8 pages” said Trish Merryweather, Universal’s Home’s Consent Administrator “then with the Leaky Homes legislation driving the industry we shifted to Masterspec Link to ensure our specs had all the information the law required. But with our continued growth, creating documentation for compliance has become a real burden. When Masterspec released NextGen2 we were already looking for ways to make the process easier, so we decided to give it a try”.
“Previously a full specification took about half a day to create” says Trish “however with Masterspec GextGen2 we have that down to around an hour and a half. That’s a huge saving for us. NextGen2 allows us to prepare a specification to suit the general style of construction in a development, then clone the spec. for each separate home to suit individual design and construction details. In NextGen2 we can clone that spec as many times as we like”.
“We also love the Branded worksections, they really make our life easier, and with the new Q&A’s there’s less editing. It really streamlines the process, making specification writing even faster” she says.
|Trish Merryweather |
Compliance Manager Universal Homes
Universal Homes are sensitive to legislation and their responsibilities under the Building Act. “It’s important to us to mitigate our risk, and Masterspec helps us do that. Everything’s tightened up a lot since leaky homes, and we now need to detail everything and reference the correct and up-to-date Codes and Standards. Masterspec helps a lot in that respect”.
And the new system has proved easy to use. “The new NextGen2 interface is very straightforward – it’s not hard at all” says Trish. “Everything is quite easy to find and use. We also think the Update Manager is great, we can see what needs changing very easily, and changing it is even easier – just a one-click process. There’s now far less manual work”.
For the future Universal are interested in the process of digital consenting. “We participated in a pilot programme with the old North Shore City Council with online consenting, and believe eventually that will be where the industry goes” said Trish. “Adopting Masterspec NextGen2 is part of our strategy to prepare for this and other digital information sharing, like linking BIM objects from designs to specifications.”
“We’re excited about the future for construction in New Zealand, and adopting Masterspec NextGen2 has been a highly successful part of our plan to respond to the increase in the number of dwellings Universal Homes will be building”.
Go here for an overview of NextGen2's features.