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Project Deliverables

Specification Automation

This project has created the underlying framework of standards, meta-language, and operational rules for a new generation of automated project specifications. Combining Related Specification Documents to Create a Consolidated Specifications Library.


Specification automation transforms engineering specifications into intelligent, electronic databases. Individuals who write, read, and act on technical specifications are empowered with a new set of tools to link and interoperate their contents with a host of related subject matters and responsibilities. Profound advantages can be derived for design, procurement, verification, documentation, inspection, installation, and operation of engineered systems and processes.

Schemas and Documentation

To access the schemas and their corresponding documentation, click:

Spec Model Schema / Documentation

Paragraph and Style Schema / Documentation

Tag Schema / Documentation


The SPECX file format was developed, prototyped, and put into production as a result of collaboration through the Fiatech Specification Automation project.

SPECX is an OPC (Open Packaging Conventions) file format dedicated to Codes, Standards, and Engineering Specifications.

The value to industry is increased compliance to specifications resulting in fewer omissions, fewer change orders, increased reliability, and substantial support for QA, Inspection, Vendor Data, and other engineering, procurement, and constructions workflows.

The OPC is specified in Part 2 of the Office Open XML standards ISO/IEC 29500:2008 & ECMA-376. The OPC is a container technology that optimizes the use of XML together with binary content and data compression. OPC structure is comprised of “parts” and “relationships”. The parts and relationships associated with SPECX format are now available and constitute the deliverable of Phase 1 Specification Automation project.

The XML schema object model was chosen because it is a particularly good fit for numbered paragraph documents typical of engineering specifications and other governing documents. Coincidentally, this is also a particularly good fit for modern software development practices.

By combining good fit for the subject-matter domain with a good fit for tools and application development, the SPECX file format and associated schemas deliver a solid foundation for the interoperability of the most important documents in the capital facilities industry.