1 January 2005
with change 25 October 2006
therefore eliminating the necessity for the user s familiarity with multiple agency
3-11.2.3 Users prepare specifications by editing the Master text in the SpecsIntact
Editor, which employs an application of the Standard Generalized Markup Language
(SGML). SGML is an international standard that provides a mechanism for defining and
tagging elements of information within the documents. It is this SGML tagging system
that allows the software to produce quality assurance reports and other automated
features to reduce the time required to complete project specifications. The quality
assurance reports verify the accuracy of technical references, submittal requirements,
test and other requirements. It allows the user to turn on or off the view capability for
tags, notes, metric units, English units, and revisions, and generates a Table of
Contents for projects and sections.
3-11.2.4 When setting up SpecsIntact for the first time, all specifications will go into
subdirectories called MASTERS directories. If using base UFGS, RST and district spec
sections, three of these directories will be required (i.e.,UFGS, RST and LRL for
Louisville District). The specification writers will "pull" the necessary specification
sections out of these three MASTERS directories into a project JOBS directory where
they will be edited for the project.
3-11.2.5 The project shop drawing submittal register should also be prepared using
The USAR typically requires a cost estimate prepared using the Military
Computer Aided Cost Estimating System (M-CACES). There are several versions of this
software; the designer should verify with the Using Service whether a particular version
is required. The USAR Design Process and Submittal Requirements has an excellent
description of the desired scope of the estimate. A brief summary follows.
The estimate will be prepared as a Type K estimate when the national labor
rates database is used. The estimate will be prepared as a Type A estimate when a site
specific labor rates database is used. The estimate will be organized in the Work
Breakdown Structure (WBS) established during the estimate creation process.
The estimate will be current, complete and accurate, reflecting the information
contained in the design documents of the associated submittal. The level of detail
contained in the estimate will be consistent with the level of detail contained in the other
elements of the submittal. Square meter (SM) pricing and lump sum (LS) allowances
may be used to price elements without sufficient design to warrant more detailed pricing
Project escalation from the date of the estimate to the midpoint of construction
shall be expressed as an Owner Cost applied to the project at the highest appropriate
title level. Projects having more than one phase may require separate escalation values.