2022.06.10_Announcing “Standards”, an exciting new feature to help restructure and manage recurring specifications.
For designers or firms working on multiple projects that have the same specifications, “Standards” folders will let you specify items that will be consistent across various projects. Though there are a number of applications, here’s one of the most likely examples.
Imagine you’re working on a hospitality chain with multiple locations. Obviously, most of the specifications will repeat from project to project. This feature will let you build out entire specification packages in one “Standards” folder which you can then copy into projects as linked specifications corresponding to each location. This means that when you update a specification in the “Standards” folder, the updates will carry over to each linked specification within each project. We call these linked specifications “Specification Instances.” The below graphic helps diagram this concept.
But This Feature Is Bigger Than Just Brand Standards
The feature can be utilized more abstractly as well. Let’s say your firm’s sustainability leadership wants to curate specifications based on sustainability criteria that can be easily applied to any project. That’s a perfect use case for “Standards” folders and Specification Instances too.
Note, you will also have the option to archive a project if you want any Specification Instance to stop updating.
Initially, the only editable fields for Specification Instances are Code/Tag, Sales Rep, Submission Dates, and “Spaces”/“Rooms. In the not-too-distant future, we’ll allow firms to customize which fields are editable.
Both Projects and Standards will be grouped inside the new “Folders” section. You will click on the “[+] New Folder” button on the top right to create either.