AIA and Avitru prepare future architects with free access to MasterSpec®

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is joining forces with Avitru to help members of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) obtain the specification skills they need to be successful in the workplace. Beginning today, AIA is providing AIAS members with a free license to the cutting-edge specification tool: MasterSpecⓇ. By using the technology, students will develop the critical specification skills they need to be practicing architects.

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BIMsmith and e-SPECS Now Integrated Through BIM to Spec Partnership

AVITRU, the developer of AIA MasterSpecⓇ, and BIMsmithⓇ, the leading research-based BIM platform, announced the next milestone in the evolution of AECO content by delivering coordinated BIM and specification content through their respective platforms. Selected building product manufacturers who use BIMsmith and MasterSpec for their BIM and specification content fulfillment will have their content on each platform “e-SPECS Enabled” or “MasterSpec Enabled.” In either case, this means that BIM content on BIMsmith Market will automatically populate specification information when used in a Revit instance running the e-SPECS for Revit app and MasterSpec or Product MasterSpec content.

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Leica Geosystems and Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Team Up to Transform Taliesin West into an Immersive Online 3D Experience

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, industry leader in measurement technology, announced a partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to capture, document, and deliver immersive 3D experiences featuring the iconic architect’s properties. Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and studio, is the first property that will be made available through an immersive online experience led by Leica Geosystems.

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Avitru and Newforma Announce Partnership to Streamline Project Workflows

Avitru, the developer of AIA MasterSpecⓇ and Newforma, the developer of Project Center, announced a partnership. Starting with submittal management, the two companies will collaborate and coordinate on content and software functionality, starting with software releases in the third quarter of 2018 to selected shared customers. The initial release will pass submittal information in AIA MasterSpec to the submittal tools that are a cornerstone of Project Center and will help Architects with the management and processing of architectural product submittals.

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Avitru and Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP) Solidify Strategic Partnership

Avitru, the developer of MasterSpecⓇ, May 31 announced a partnership with the Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP), an international organization that assists building professionals acquire professionally-written construction specifications from independent specifiers. “Accurate and well-written specifications are a critical building block of a thriving construction industry,” said Jim Contardi, Chief Executive Officer of Avitru. “Through this new partnership with SCIP, which engages their members around the world, we can advance the entire profession.”

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Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

The JEB 3Seal HM+ spacer offers significant aesthetic and energy-efficient advantages. The high-modulus silicone secondary seal minimizes PIB migration, providing clear, straight sightlines. It also offers 35 percent higher design strength, allowing for a narrower air cavity in an IGU, and 10.4 percent more argon gas retention than standard sealants, based on ASTM 2190 testing. An IGU incorporating the JEB 3Seal HM+ spacer will retain its argon gas longer over other insulating glass systems, maximizing energy savings and extending the units service life.

The JEB 3Seal HM+ spacer offers significant aesthetic and energy-efficient advantages. The high-modulus silicone secondary seal minimizes PIB migration, providing clear, straight sightlines. It also offers 35 percent higher design strength, allowing for a narrower air cavity in an IGU, and 10.4 percent more argon gas retention than standard sealants, based on ASTM 2190 testing. An IGU incorporating the JEB 3Seal HM+ spacer will retain its argon gas longer over other insulating glass systems, maximizing energy savings and extending the units service life.

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