Those that use plant design software such as AutoCAD Plant 3D or CADWorx are familiar with the challenges associated with creating and maintaining piping specifications (specs). These software packages typically require specs to be defined down to the component level by the user. This task is tedious and repetitive, but it is also extremely sensitive to error and demands the user’s constant vigilance. Improperly defined specs can have severe ramifications that may not be discovered until the project has moved well past the piping design stage. On top of that, the discovery of a severe error in a single spec may necessitate a full review of all specs, which may number in the hundreds.