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HDR Selects VisiSpecs as Design Specification Solution


HDR, a global firm that provides architecture, engineering, environmental and construction services, has selected Chalkline’s VisiSpecs, The Visual Specification System, for their design specification solution.

HDR evaluated available commercial specification tools as a replacement for its internally developed specification production tools.  “VisiSpecs was selected based on its quick learning curve, ease of cloud based deployment across the many users within the firm, and ability to integrate with BIM applications,” according to Eric Michnovez, Specification Manager at HDR.

A requirement for the new spec tools was easy deployment with minimal technical support or IT resources.  VisiSpecs has delivered with simple-to-navigate user rights managed by the central HDR Specification Management Team.  “The VisiSpecs Cloud Server allowed users in any location to easily connect to the HDR VisiSpecs Corporate Account with performance that exceeded expectations,” Michnovez said.

Ease of use was critical for HDR as the transition needed to be seamless with a very fast learning curve.  Since VisiSpecs uses Microsoft Word for the editing, publishing, and project management application, HDR provided a short “Quick Start” guide for the installation and getting started tips.  This enabled project team members to continue focusing on their project responsibilities instead of being pulled into training courses.

“Chalkline is happy to have such a well-respected firm evaluate and choose VisiSpecs for their specification solution.  We are also very fortunate to work closely with the HDR Specification Management team collaborating on features, processes, and integrations that improve their implementation as well as the value to all of our customers,” stated Seamus McGrady, COO of Chalkline.

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