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IPIN Tip of the Month: Accessing Specifications

Builders Exchange members with an upgraded membership have full access to the construction documents for every project posted to the Builders Exchange Online Planroom, including  the specifications.

Specifications are available in PDF format, but there are a variety of ways to access them in the Builders Exchange Online Planroom

Downloading Whole Spec Books (NEW FEATURE)

Builders Exchange is now providing one click access to the entire specification booklet in one PDF file.

The link to the PDF containing the whole spec book will always be listed at the top of the index of specifications. It will be labeled “Whole Spec Book” with the spec section number of “00000”:


If there are multiple volumes of specifications, each volume will be available separately. Volume 1 will be listed as  “Whole Spec Book Vol. 1”, Volume 2 as “Whole Spec Book Vol. 2”, etc.

Left click to open the spec in your browser, or right click and choose “Save Target As” (when using Internet Explorer) to save the file to your computer.

Downloading Individual Spec Sections

Builders Exchange also separates each spec book into it’s component sections as listed by its table of contents, processes the specifications through optical character recognition (OCR) for SAM Search, and indexes each section for spec index searching.

Each section is available in PDF format by left clicking on the name of the section. This will open a PDF of the spec within your browser. The PDF can also be downloaded to your computer by right clicking and saving the file.

Downloading Multiple Individual Spec Sections (Batch Download)

To download multiple individual spec sections, first left click the box to the left of each spec section you would like to download.

Next, click the “Download” button at the top of the specs.


You will then be prompted to download a zip file which contains each of the separate spec sections in PDF format. Save the zip file to your desktop. Once it is finished downloading, open the zip file to access each of the spec sections  marked for downloading.



For more tips like this one, join us in Louisville on the third Friday of every month from 10-11:30 a.m. for free IPIN training at the Builders Exchange Center for Education & Training Excellence, 2300 Meadow Drive, Louisville, KY 40218 or at the same time on the fourth Friday of every month at our Lexington location, 1035 Strader Drive, Suite 100, Lexington, KY 40505. Online webinar training is also available on the third Thursday of every month from 10-11:30 a.m.

Call me, Aaron Thomas, at (502) 459-9800 or e-mail athomas@bxkentucky.com to RSVP.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for IPIN Tip of the Month, comment below or e-mail me at the address listed above.

Thanks for reading!

Aaron Thomas
Director of IT
Builders Exchange of Kentucky

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Supercharged SAM Search Now Available on the Online Planroom

The Spec and Addenda Mining (SAM) search has been a powerful tool for members utilizing the Builders Exchange Online Planroom and it just received a big speed boost!

Recent upgrades to the online planroom have dramatically increased the speed of SAM Search. Previously, searches could take anywhere between 3-20 seconds to generate results. That time has now been reduced to a second or less!

Furthermore, members can now conduct searches on broader terms such as concrete, lighting, and other more general phrases without “timing out” the search.

What is SAM Search?

SAM Search is an online planroom tool which allows members to search the entire spec book for specific keywords or phrases. Trade names such as “honeywell”, “dupont”, “prosoco” and “trane” can be located quickly and easily. Other words that are difficult to find are readily available as well, such as “retaining wall”, “valve”, “crane” and all other types of specialty work.

Click here to find out how to set up a new SAM search filter or here for how to conduct a SAM Search on an individual project.

Note: The SAM Search option is available only to members with upgraded memberships. Contact Builders Exchange if you would like to know more about the upgraded membership.

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