Computerized Specification System Saves Resources

by Edgar Samuel Neely, Jr., (M.ASCE), Principal Investigator; U.S. Army Construction Engrg. Research Lab., P.O. Box 4005, Champaign, Ill. 61820,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Pg. 79-88

Document Type: Journal Paper


Application of a computer-aided specification preparation system, known as EDITSPEC, results in production of higher-quality project specifications and uses 30 percent fewer resources. Specifications produced by EDITSPEC are more complete, accurate, and consistent. Use of EDITSPEC reduces the elapsed time, specification writer and typist time, and costs required to produce a project specification. Change orders due to specification errors are reduced, thus lowering total construction costs. Preparing Corps of Engineers guide specifications, program-oriented guide specifications, and project specifications with EDITSPEC are discussed. The benefits and operation of EDITSPEC are also described.

Subject Headings: Computing in civil engineering | Construction costs | Computer aided operations | Change orders

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