All of PG Bison’s latest colours and designs are now loaded on AutoSpec, making it a breeze for architects, designers and home users to specify our products into projects and drawings.

AutoSpec is an “expert database” – an aggregation of South African building materials, fittings and finishes across hundreds of brands used by architects, quantity surveyors, interior designers, contractors and any other individuals who need to source and specify building products. Users can search by brand, category or keyword to find a product they want, and then view images and product information, including pricing, relevant standards and accreditations, and CAD and Revit files. But most importantly, AutoSpec assists and guides the user to create a detailed technical and fit-for-purpose qualified specification. AutoSpec users can also send a message directly to a manufacturer requesting either a quote or a sample of the product in question.

Nqwenisa Gugushe, Key Accounts Executive at AutoSpec, says that the company currently has roughly 130 different manufacturers onboard, with thousands of products listed. There are more than 750 architecture and design firms registered with AutoSpec, and more than R49bn of projects have been specified on the software over the past three years. “We’ve got users across South Africa and in the SADC region,” says Nqwenisa.

The benefit for users is easy access to all the information they need, as well as a guided specification writing tool that allows for even a novice to write perfect specifications. For manufacturers, who are able to load product libraries, it’s a means of providing their target markets with their latest, up-to-date information, conveniently located in one place. They can also track usage trends through the monthly reports that AutoSpec supplies. “We cater for all sizes of manufacturers, meaning that smaller companies are able to compete alongside the big names, because their products will show up in searches too,” explains Nqwenisa.

She says that AutoSpec is always looking for ways to meet the needs of its customers, and has recently started offering online CPD education and training.

“I’ve been working with Autospec for many years and find it an indispensable resource when drafting my plans and doing specifications,” says Cathy Louw of MEG Architects. “It’s great to have everything I need altogether in one place (CAD drawings, product data sheets, specifications, pricing and contact details for suppliers), even when I don’t have internet access. There’s no need to sift through many websites and contacting a whole bunch off reps to get all the info needed.”

“We love using Autospec because of the convenience of having all the products that we need in one place and that the specs are kept up to date by the various suppliers,| adds Wayne Usher of Walker Smith Architects. “It is also very useful to be able to have the team leader assemble all the specs and to have them accessible in one place by the rest of the team when working on a larger project. The availability of CAD and Revit files is also extremely useful as we prefer to put the actual item we are specifying onto the drawing rather a generic symbol. When pricing is available this is also very useful as we can then have a good overview of the costs, which is of particular importance when dealing with projects with extremely tight budgets.” For more information, visit the AutoSpec website.