New SpecWave Composer Extends Value of ProjectWise, Bringing Automation and Rigor to Specification Creation, Control, and Compliance

Securing Information Mobility with Integrity for Specification Documents

LONDON The Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference – 29 October 2013 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure, today announced the release of SpecWave Composer, the first product based on its acquired SpecWave technology. With SpecWave Composer and ProjectWise, architectural, engineering, construction, and operations professionals can finally bring automation and engineering rigor to the tasks of authoring, managing, and referencing engineering specifications, codes, standards, and other structured documents. SpecWave Composer allows a project or organization to extend to specification workflows the benefits of collaborating, work sharing, and managing change in a secure environment, increasing information mobility with integrity.

SpecWave Composer will also work seamlessly with the forthcoming ProjectWise Construction Work Packaging Server. This will empower AEC project teams to incorporate more reliable specifications and other text documents into their work packages, increasing the comprehensiveness of their work packaging processes to decrease onsite errors and rework, and to increase project safety, quality, and success.

Leon Gorbaty, Bentley director of product management for SpecWave and co-inventor of this technology, said, “I created my first SpecWave prototype while working in project management for construction, after witnessing repeated cost overruns and failed inspections of critical engineered equipment – all of which could have been avoided with accurate, reliable, and timely spec generation. There was a large disconnect in the governance of specifications (usually static Word documents) compared with other change-managed project deliverables such as models and drawings. Now we can complete the reach of ProjectWise workflow controls and audit trails to manage all engineering content.”

He continued, “SpecWave Composer’s ability to digitize and manage text content, coupled with the SPECX format’s ability to link, filter, and multi-purpose the subject matter – in combination with the versioning and collaboration capabilities of ProjectWise – allows users to improve project compliance and reliability.”

Advantages of SpecWave Composer include:

  • improved specification quality and accuracy;
  • streamlined specification workflows through spec reuse and reduction in administrative tasks, resulting in less time spent formatting, creating, and updating specifications;
  • effective and disciplined change management;
  • reduced risk associated with assets being constructed to the wrong specification or an inaccurate specification;
  • the ability to maintain and enforce document quality and corporate styles via structured templates;
  • the ability to ensure disparate project teams are “on the same page” in their use of specifications;
  • improved compliance.

Harry Vitelli, Bentley vice president, construction and field products, said, “Specifications are so important to project delivery that Bentley is leveraging SPECX technology in mobile i-models for referencing associated specifications. Accordingly, users of our field apps will always have, ‘hands-on,’ the correct specification, enhancing project quality.

“Just recently, we took ease of use in our Field Supervisor app to a new level by using SPECX filtering to render specifications in the format most appropriate to the app user’s job function. So a single master specification document can serve multiple disciplines through customized views at presentation time in the field. The right spec will always be available at the right time – to complete its reach in effective project delivery”

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About Bentley Systems, Incorporated

Bentley is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Bentley Systems applies information mobility to improve asset performance by leveraging information modeling through integrated projects for intelligent infrastructure. Its solutions encompass the MicroStation platform for infrastructure design and modeling, the ProjectWise platform for infrastructure project team collaboration and work sharing, and the AssetWise platform for infrastructure asset operations – all supporting a broad portfolio of interoperable applications and complemented by worldwide professional services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in 50 countries, more than $500 million in annual revenues, and since 2005 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at and in Bentley’s annual report. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure publications. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Be Communities.

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