Building Systems Design, Inc.
Building Systems Design develops and sells innovative software tools for the architecture, engineering, and construction markets of North America. Founded in 1983, the company creates, maintains, and supports advanced cost estimating and specification writing products used by thousands of architects, engineers and design professionals nationwide.
Our software products enable our customers to perform more efficiently in the areas of cost management, cost engineering, value analysis, and specification development. BSD's current line of BSD SoftLink® products is gaining wide acceptance as state-of-the-art software because of the innovative ways that data is linked and displayed. All of the BSD SoftLink products are designed to ultimately share information with each other.
BSD CostLink®/AE provides quick, easy, and modifiable cost estimates using built-in RS Means Cost Data. It was created exclusively for design professionals (and building owners) who like to keep things simple without sacrificing accuracy or flexibility.
Welcome to a cost-estimating package specifically designed for architects, engineers, and others who are doing budgets, cost plans, and design development estimates. CostLink/AE is designed for design professionals by design professionals. Let's face it, you don't want to spend lots of time learning or using a complex cost estimating system. You only have time for a cost estimating system that is quick, easy, and modifiable—and doesn't take much time to learn. Enter CostLink/AE.
QUICK: Create a reliable, accurate, and detailed cost estimate in 10 minutes or less! CostLink/AE provides a simple front-end cost modeling interface that allows rapid creation of a cost estimate at the very earliest stages of a project. Because your estimate is a "living" document, you can continually refine and modify it as your project evolves.
EASY: With CostLink/AE's unique front-end Cost Modeling interface (based on the reliable, built-in RS Means cost data that you've come to trust), you simply:
- Pick one of the 77 building models that is similar to your project.
- Select the frame and enclosure systems.
- Enter the gross area and building perimeter.
- Select optional additive items from a list appropriate to your building type.
- If necessary, adjust project location and various mark-ups.
CostLink/AE then automatically generates an instant cost estimate for you. You can immediately view or print the estimate in as much or as little detail as necessary with our flexible data display options.
Built-in RS Means data: With RS Means cost data built-in and seamlessly integrated with your cost estimate, we've already done most of the work for you. Get more details on the cost data provided with CostLink/AE here.
MODIFIABLE: Your estimate can be refined and updated quickly and easily as your project evolves. You can refine your estimate by changing quantities, by making simple drag-and-drop material substitutions from the built-in RS Means databases, or by adding materials and systems common to your project type—all with minimal input time and effort.
BSD LinkMan-E is a linking software product that allows the user to easily create, monitor and modify relationships between various representations of a building design project—as drawn using Autodesk Revit, as specified using BSD SpecLink-E, and, in future, as estimated using BSD CostLink/AE. This linking software is referred to as LinkMan-E or LME.
The LME user interface is a set of "Dashboards," together comprising a monitoring station that permits a project manager to view the status of project development in the linked applications, check for consistency, and identify discrepancies for corrective action. LME also allows the user to "turn on" missing products in SpecLink-E, based on data from Revit. In short, LME is a tool for coordinating the Revit building model (the BIM) with its specifications and (in future) its cost estimate.
BSD SpecLink-E is a master guide specification writing, management, and production system with built-in intelligence designed to help you dramatically speed up editing tasks and reduce specification production time while minimizing errors and omissions. Combined with the industry’s most comprehensive and up-to-date master database, SpecLink-E enables you to accelerate your specification development with unsurpassed accuracy and integrity. If you're already familiar with SpecLink, here's a description of the NEW FEATURES of SpecLink-E.
In addition to conventional construction specifications, SpecLink-E includes Design Criteria for buildings (formerly PerSpective, the industry’s first and only commercially available database of performance-based specifications). Design criteria are used during the early building design stages and for projects delivered via the design-build method.
The SpecLink-E software includes many productivity tools, including the ability to create automatic administrative reports, such as submittal requirements, useful during construction administration.
SpecLink-E is sold in both independent, stand-alone modules (catalogs) or as a fully-functional interactive group — just purchase the pieces that meet your particular needs.