In any project, the specification process not only involves creativity, but also a comprehensive evaluation of available building products for adherence to technical specifications and design requirements.
USG announces the launch of USG Design Studio, a new, fully accessible, interactive specification tool kit. USG Design StudioSM, available online at www.usgdesignstudio.com, provides architects and designers advanced capabilities and rich information resources needed to quickly and accurately design, compare, change, select and specify the right products and systems for interiors.
With USG Design Studio, existing and new online design and specification tools and other pertinent product information have been integrated, including Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools and data. These advanced design and specification tools incorporate comprehensive system and product specification data from USG, as well as the ability to compare products from other manufacturers.
Built with an intuitive interface that is easy to navigate and easy to understand, USG Design Studio incorporates the most extensive wall and ceiling CAD library and drawing tools in the industry. In firms that use BIM design software, specifically AutoDesk Revit, USG has incorporated design templates for Revit-specific system files to be used in creating, defining and manipulating interior designs.
Architectural specification modules help users to customize specifications for project requirements, with Microsoft Word templates that allow specifiers to incorporate these product specifications directly into building submittal sheets. Performance-rated system and product selectors allow for quick searching for systems, products and assemblies that match the designers' specific performance criteria, thus reducing the potential for project errors.
This online tool not only aids in the identification of materials, but the interconnection between its design and specification functionality—allowing users to make changes, review the changes instantly and then automatically document the results throughout the system.
"The new USG Design Studio portal dramatically improves the building process by giving users the ability to efficiently and accurately specify the most effective products and assemblies," explains Robert Grupe, director of USG Architectural & Technical Solutions. "The site allows users with different requirements to arrive at the right solutions with literally a few clicks of a mouse."
For additional information and a demonstration of USG Design Studio functionality, visit www.usgdesignstudio.com, or visit the USG Web site at www.usg.com.
USG Corp. is a Fortune 500 manufacturer and distributor of high-performance building systems through its United States Gypsum Company, USG Interiors Inc. and L&W Supply Corporation subsidiaries. Headquartered in Chicago, the company serves the residential and non-residential construction markets, repair and remodel construction markets, and industrial processes. USG's wall, ceiling, flooring and roofing products provide leading-edge building solutions for customers, while L&W Supply center locations efficiently stock and deliver building materials nationwide. For additional information, visit the USG Web site at www.usg.com.