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CSI moves to solidify MasterFormat, BIM object connections

Sources: Construction Specifications Institute, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

To better integrate project specs, building products and technology tools, the Construction Specifications Institute has launched an initiative to expand its industry standard organizing principles to work more effectively with Building Information Modeling and support design and construction professionals’ digital needs.

CSI Project Dynamo is a pilot program to expand the North American MasterFormat, Uniformat, and Omniclass standards and create a more robust connection between them and BIM objects. "The focus is to ensure that data is accurate, timely and available when and where it is needed throughout the lifecycle of a project," says CSI CEO Mark Dorsey. "Project Dynamo will consult with subject-matter experts, industry associations and Construction Specifications Canada to create the pathway towards improved workflow to ensure we keep pace with the rapidly evolving digital world."

“CSI is founded on the principle of working across the spectrum of a project—from ownership, through design to construction and facility management—and serving the industry by meeting those broad and inter-connected needs,” adds Chairman Ron Geren. “Because of this interdisciplinary approach, CSI can ensure the capabilities envisioned for this project serve the entire industry." 

MasterFormat, Uniformat and Omniclass are used by tens of thousands of architectural/engineering/construction professionals globally, and embedded in a wide range of design and project software.