Following the release of their successful Augmented Reality app bimstore Eye, the UK’s original Building Information Modelling object library bimstore have made a new mobile specification tool available to download.
Specifi, a digital application that is the tech equivalent to a specifier’s product library is available to download now for free via the Apple App Store. Compatible with iPads, specifiers can use the platform to search, read and specify products from their palm of their hand.
The app is a library of product brochures, technical data sheets, installation guides and maintenance information all of which can be read, searched or even added to a project folder for reading later.
According to bimstore, in 2014 they noticed that more visitors were searching for their library products via mobile devices as opposed to a traditional desktop PC, hence the reason for creating the app to accommodate the change in visitor trends.
The app is not only useful for selecting the correct objects for Building Information Models, yet it is also an essential tool for asset and facilities management. Specifi solves an age-old problem of being unable to find product brochures and technical information online. By having all of the relevant specification data on the app, this stops installation guides and technical data sheets from being lost due to broken web links.
But that is not all; with the chat feature, users can speak directly to product manufacturers, receiving installation and practical help in real-time.
Discussing the app bimstore Director Rob Charlton told BIMcrunch: “Specifi was developed to support how we distribute information and digital components via bimstore. At completion of a project the brochures, technical sheets and instructions are essential information.
“We traditionally included links to manufacturer websites or databases however this information quickly became out of date or the links lost. With Specifi, that problem is eradicated.”
Currently available for iPad, iPhone compatibility will be available in the coming weeks.
Specifi and the aforementioned bimstore Eye will be on display today and tomorrow at BIM Show Live 2015. For those in attendance, bimstore content creators will be on-hand – along with Ermintrude the Cow and Florence the Caravan – to assist you in explaining how the apps work. #BSL2015 marks an excellent opportunity to receive support relating to these state-of-the-art applications.