A specification is the document that describes, in words, what cannot be visualized or explained on a drawing or in a model.
The type of specification can relate to the project or the procurement route, whether it is performance-based, prescriptive or propriety, all of which are dependent on the project requirements. Specifications are required during the design stage, are part of the contract documentation, and play a key role in project fulfillment.
The truth of the matter: Specifications can make or break a project. Correct specifications minimize the chance of disappointment. While nothing is ever 100 percent guaranteed, taking the time to write full specifications, does increase your ability to maintain control over your designs.
A well written specification can help a project move along more smoothly and therefore be more enjoyable, less litigious and save money.
The main purposes of the specification should be:
- An agreement with your customer on exactly how the system will operate
- A point of synchronization for the project team
- A basis for building a master plan and schedule
- Instructions to engineers on what to build
- A baseline for change control
The specification document should contain a detailed description of the operation, functionality and design of the system.
Complete well documented specification along with models and drawings is a safeguard to assure a complete and functional project.
Specifications are a means of ensuring projects, equipment, products, services and installation compliance with governing standards such as ASME, ACCA, ANSI, UL, ASTM and ASHRAE to name just a few.
Specifications Writing Courses by Tonex
Specifications Writing Training Courses, Seminars and Workshops offered by Tonex helps procurement professionals, architects, engineers, designers in the field of engineering, construction (CSI, Construction Specifications Institute, Master Format), defense, aerospace and more.
Tonex offers many useful specifications writing courses, such as Eliciting Technical Requirements Training, a 2-day class that provides details on how to elicit technical requirements. For example, the stakeholders may well begin with desires, and expectations that may contain vague, ambiguous statements that are difficult to use for technical activities. Care must be taken to ensure that those desires and expectations are coalesced into a set of clear and concise need statements that are useful as a start point for system definition.
Another, our fundamentals Requirements Writing Training Course / Specification Writing Training, addresses the techniques used to write, validate and verify requirements and convert them to technical design specifications. This course is especially useful for learning the basic tools necessary to write effective system design specifications.
A very popular course, CSI Spec Writing Training | Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Specifications Writing, lasts 3 days and provides key topics and knowledge of construction specifications. This important course helps participants to obtain knowledge, skills, methods and tricks and provide guidelines on how to plan, read, write and understand the CSI–MasterFormat® with its older and new versions.
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