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24 May 2022
The Different Approaches to Specifying & What to Consider ​
In this article, we talk about the approaches to putting a specification together and what to consider.
18 May 2022
What is a Construction Specification?
A construction specification or, architectural specification, is a document that states how a building is to be constructed, demolished, altered, or...
18 May 2022
The Different Ways to Create a Specification
In previous articles, we defined what a specification was and its importance. Now that we understand the basics of specifying, it is important to...
23 Feb 2022
Boosting the Masterspec Writing Team
We’re happy to announce the appointment of five experienced professionals to the Masterspec team. This equates to an almost doubling of the...
23 Feb 2022
Introducing Masterspec Cloud Issue
Masterspec has introduced a new way to output and share your specification, targeted to the recipient’s requirements and totally secure. The process...
08 Dec 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: SOLUTIONS ARCHITECTURE
Solutions Architecture is a small but knowledgeable team with over 20 years of experience in the industry. This highly skilled design practice uses...
01 Dec 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: MIA CASA ARCHITECTURE
Mia Casa Architecture is an Auckland based architectural practice driven to create functional designs that are aesthetically pleasing. With a growing...
24 Nov 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: CGW CONSULTING ENGINEERS
CGW Consulting Engineers is a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy with offices located across New Zealand. With over 40 professions, this...
23 Nov 2021
MASTERSPEC FAREWELLS MANAGING EDITOR ALEX SHAW
It is with some regret that we must announce that Masterspec Managing Editor Alex Shaw, having now completed a six-month handover period, has retired....
23 Nov 2021
WET AREA TIMBER FLOORS NOW AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION
With the adoption of the Building Code updates in November, timber-based products covering a wide range of timber flooring types are largely excluded...
17 Nov 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: FABRICATE ARCHITECTURE
Fabricate Architecture is an emerging, design-driven studio that is focused on delivering unique, functional, and affordable homes. Led by Hamish...
10 Nov 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: IGNITE ARCHITECTS
Ignite Architects is a full-service design practice that specialises in master planning, architecture, and interior design. Masterspec assist this...
28 Oct 2021
BUILDING MATERIAL SUPPLY SHORTAGES
It has been well publicised that there is currently a global shortage of building materials, stemming both from demand and a disrupted supply chain...
22 Oct 2021
A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: PONTING FITZGERALD ARCHITECTS
Ponting Fitzgerald Architects is an architectural practice committed to delivering world-class architecture through design and service excellence....
01 Oct 2021
WORKING TOGETHER - MASTERSPEC INTEROPERABILITY
Masterspec extends to many areas of the construction sector, that’s why we’ve made sure it’s versatile and interoperable.
30 Sep 2021
UNIVERSAL HOMES USES MASTERSPEC TO EXCEL DIGITAL CONSTRUCTION WORKS
Universal Homes are a major New Zealand building company and prepare over 200 sets of compliance documents for Building Consent every year, with that...
24 Sep 2021
AMPS MATTER WITH ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES
In this article we will give a background of amps, cables and mains for house designers. It won't get too technical as that can get very complicated...
13 Sep 2021
THE HISTORY OF MASTERSPEC
Construction Information Limited (CIL) is a New Zealand owned and operated industry organisation incorporated in 1995 to manage and create information...
09 Sep 2021
THE BEST WAY TO COLLABORATE THROUGH MASTERSPEC
There’s nothing quite like the peace of mind of a professional, well-thought-out specification. Build quality specifications in Masterspec with...
31 Aug 2021
SPECIFYING SCNZ STRUCTURAL STEEL ON MASTERSPEC
Structural Steel New Zealand (SCNZ) has had a Structural Steel specification document based on AS/NZS 5131 since 2018. However, a new industry...

A SUBSCRIBER HIGHLIGHT: CGW CONSULTING ENGINEERS

24 Nov 2021

CGW Consulting Engineers is a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy with offices located across New Zealand. With over 40 professions, this knowledgeable team has multi-disciplinary capabilities spanning through specialist areas. CGW strive to bring their knowledge and expertise to add value, offer innovation and help deliver outcomes that give their clients a commercial advantage in their projects.

As they offer civil, structural, environmental, and geotechnical engineering it can be quite the task to manually update their specifications regularly. With such a range of specialties to cover it can be hard for CGW to stay on top of every change in the ever-evolving construction industry.

That is why CGW began using Masterspec. The solution was clear; to use an online, collaborative specification platform and save templates of their work. The saved templates, or Office Masters, allows the team to seamlessly re-use repeatable clauses. “We love using Office Masters. We use most of the same clauses and it’s easy to change a few out if needed, ‘CGW says. The clever consultancy also takes full advantage of Masterspec functionality by using the update manager tool. “Masterspec notifies us of the latest changes to our specifications and then it’s a simple system to identify and apply the changes we want.”

CGW find this solution beneficial for a few reasons. Firstly, it ensures their specifications are up to date to avoid issues throughout the construction process related to building codes and standards. Secondly, it saves time. By using Masterspec’s internal team of over 15 editors, CGW no longer need to task someone with reviewing each change that comes through legislation. All that is required is a simple check to see if there are any notifications from the Masterspec team, and then choose what they would like to update. Lastly, by creating templates of their specification documentation, they can create consistency through their projects which helps them stay professional.

The result of CGW Consulting Engineers using Masterspec is a smooth operation. They also found that reaching out to the Masterspec team for assistance has led to higher quality specifications internally. “The one-on-one training has really helped us,’ says CGW. To learn more about this skilled engineering firm, visit their website. To learn more about Masterspec’s Office Master, or Update manager, reach out to our team or visit our YouTube channel for a range of training videos.

Are you also a structural engineer? If you want to see more of what Masterspec can do to help you with your specifications, then look at the new SCNZ (Steel Contruction New Zealand) Structural Steel Library. It is hosted on the Masterspec platform and could help efficiently transform your consultanc's workflow. Create a comprehensive specification that meets AS/NZS 5131 standard. Outline your project requirements and provide clear instructions to fabricators and constructors. Reach out to Masterspec for more information.

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