SpecAgent is a new resource that benefits both specifiers and manufacturers by providing
detailed product & manufacturer information for easy editing. For additional information
SpecAgent Benefits Specifiers:
The SpecAgent companion browser, which appears with an open MasterSpec section, assists with:
- Manufacturer research. You can quickly find the most up to date information on the maufacturers
listed in MasterSpec
- Product comparison. Where available, product comparison tables are provided in a "flip book"
- Manufacturer selection. Based on their research, you can mark manufacturers as selected, under
consideration, or rejected, and import the selected manufacturers into section text
- Referenced standards and other references. SpecAgent lists every referenced standard in each
section, along with books, articles, and other references
For MasterSpec Users
MasterSpec provides a hyperlink directly from the current section text to a new
specification resource tightly integrated with MasterSpec; SpecAgent.
This new companion tool is docked next to the specifier’s word processor and connects
to ARCOM through the Internet, greatly simplifying the time-consuming process of finding,
evaluating and incorporating information from building product manufacturers into these
specifications, addressing the most common frustration of specifiers doing product research as
they build their specifications.
For Building Product Manufacturers
SpecAgent provides a free self-managed portal where Manufacturers can both apply to be listed in MasterSpec
and manage the basic information associated with their current listings. MasterSpec's "Find us in MasterSpec"
program also provides Manufacturers with a simple way for visitors to their respective corporate site to
verify in which sections they'll find a Manufacturer's products.
SpecAgent provides additional resources to Manufacturers who elect to participate in our Enhanced Listing Program.
These additional capabilities provide the specific information MasterSpec users need to make efficient evaluations
and select which Manufacturers are included in the finished specification. Providing this additional information
greatly reduces the research time required of MasterSpec users and results in getting specified more often when
compared to Manufacturers whom they would otherwise need to evaluate "from scratch".
|Step 1: Evaluate
SpecAgent provides MasterSpec users with contact information for over 9,500 Building Product Manufacturers,
each evaluated by ARCOM for inclusion in MasterSpec without charge. Working collaboratively, MasterSpec
users provide continual suggestions through SpecAgent to keep this list the most up-to-date and inclusive
In an industry first, MasterSpec users can also see which manufacturers are online and available to provide
instant answers to their questions via a built in chat feature. Product reps can provide immediate
answers to questions, and can “push”documents and cut sheets directly
to the specifier's desktop without requiring identifying information or an email address from the specifier
on the other end. MasterSpec specifiers can also take advantage of manufactures that have had their products
reviewed by ARCOM as meeting the requirements of the section and are listed in detail within the SpecAgent
companion window. While corporate websites are always available by default, having this research done puts
these manufactures at a decided advantage over those who still require specifiers to research their products
The SpecAgent companion window also puts searchable flip catalogs, photos, and other technical documents at the
fingertips of specifiers, all intelligently organized to focus on only the specific type of product open within
||Step 2: Sort
In a major departure from websites that provide passive places to store and display product information,
SpecAgent has taken the innovative step of making every step of the evaluation process
SpecAgent allows Building Product Manufacturers to be sorted using our proprietary Evaluation Shelf
technology. Specifiers can drag and drop them into the appropriate sorting bins, for inclusion
in the specification, rejection, or leaving them in the under consideration bin, where all manufacturers
begin by default. As specifiers view profiles, products and a host of other available information, they
can alternatively use the available green, yellow and red sorting buttons to narrow the list of manufacturers
for each product type needed in the project.
As the newly sorted list is finalized, selections within that section are saved for each specifier as a starting
point on future projects.
Step 3: Import
As the final step in the process, SpecAgent provides a one click import of the selected Manufacturers from the
companion window back into the final MasterSpec section text that will become part of the contract document for
If you are a building product manufacturer and would like information on the SpecAgent program,
contact us at 800.424.5080, or firstname.lastname@example.org,
or by completing an RFI form.
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