CSI Project Dynamo to support changing digital needs

Project Dynamo will will expand CSI’s standard organizing principles—MasterFormat and UniFormat—to support the digital needs of design professionals.
Project Dynamo will will expand CSI’s standard organizing principles—MasterFormat and UniFormat—to support the digital needs of design professionals.
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In an effort to better integrate specifications, building products, and building information modeling (BIM), CSI has announced Project Dynamo, an initiative that will expand the association’s standard organizing principles—MasterFormat and UniFormat—to work more effectively with BIM and support the digital needs of design and construction professionals.

“The focus of the effort is to ensure that data is accurate, timely, and available when and where it is needed throughout the lifecycle of a project,” said Mark Dorsey, CEO of CSI. “CSI Project Dynamo will consult with subject-matter experts, industry associations, and Construction Specifications Canada to create the pathway towards improved workflow and better organization of information to ensure we keep pace with the rapidly evolving digital world and meet diverse industry needs.”

CSI Project Dynamo is a pilot program to expand the North American MasterFormat, UniFormat, and Omniclass standards for organizing construction information by creating a more robust connection between the standards and BIM objects.

“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,” said Ron Geren, FCSI, CSI board chair. “Because of this interdisciplinary approach, CSI can ensure the capabilities envisioned for this project serve the entire industry.”

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