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Specifications — CSI Format (16-Division)
CSI 49-Division Format,
The conversion from the old, 16-DIvision Format to the new 49-Division
Format is overdue given the tremendous changes in the industry,
perticularly in telecommunications needs. But it is also complex,
for specifiers, for you, and for a major end use: contractors
and sub-contractors bidding on divisions, or particular sections,
and their on-the-job workers. So it may not be as easy as professed
in CSI's publication Conversion
to MasterFormat™ 2004 Edition Now Begins.
One way of looking at this is to consider:
- UniFormat™ organizes construction systems and assemblies
- MasterFormat™ organizes materials/procucts and work
- MasterSpec™ provides "boilerplate" specifications
to fit into the MasterFormat™ division, sections.
Resource Manual - CSI Manual of Practice, 2004. Review
this description to see how the 49-Divsions are not stand
alone, but considered as part of the planning to maintenance
- The new, 2004 MasterFormat™, which has 49
Divisions, can be previewed in MasterFormat™
in 10 Easy Steps (Download
as PDF File.)
- MasterFormat™ 2004 Edition: Numbers & Titles,
revised November 2004 (This file totals 170 pages, with a
list of all sections. Download
as PDF File.)
Lite An abbreviated version of CSI's Uniformat™
1998 edition. Here, the format is arranged by function, not
(as are the 16, now 49, MasterFormat Divisons) products and
work. We will review the difference between UniFormat™
and MasterFormat™ in class. Understand the UniFormat™
as it is explained here.
Frequently, new, propietory products are organized using the
MasterFormat divisions, sections, so specifiers and find products
for specific sections of a specification. Notice: theer are
few historic, traditional, archaeic materials found in these
GSA provided examples of specificatiosn for conservation work.
Keep in mind, while "boilerplate" specs may be used
for new construction (in part as the building does not exist.
. . until is its built) varying existingconditions of historical
structuresd rerquires details, project-specific specifications
based on detailed assessment, analysis, testing, mock-ups, and
evaluation. So these, below,are to be considered only guides.