The ASAQS standard is published by the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS). The ASAQS Elemental classification was developed by the BIM Institute (http://www.biminstitute.org.za/) in partnership with ASAQS and endorsed by South African Institute for Architects (SAIA). It may be downloaded here:
The ASAQS Elemental classification is intended to address specification requirements through the phases of construction on a project. The Numbers and Titles are structured in accordance with the ASAQS Guide to Elemental Cost Estimating 2016 and version 1 is anticipated to grow and expand in the future.
One may use the Autodesk Classification Manager BIM Interoperability Tool to assign codes as a shared parameter (an alternative view is that the standard should be used through keynoting to achieve a similar result). These may be used so one can dive down into data in Schedules and Filters using logic conditions on the name property.
One can also use the shared parameter properties on both system and loadable families to create selection sets in Navisworks that are based on search sets.
If you would like to understand better how standards are applied to Revit and how they may be of use to you, consider that Autodesk has published a whitepaper in this regard:
Different stakeholders use classifications for different purposes:
- Facility and Asset Management
- Development Planning
- Cost Estimates
- Construction Management
- Cost Estimates
Architects and Engineers
- Project Specifications
The extent to which multiple classification systems are used on all or some elements depends on:
- Needs of the project
- Data to be collected
- Effort involved
Standards that ship with Revit are American and/or Canadian.
- Keynoting – MasterFormat
- Loadable Families (Type Parameter “OmniClass”) – OmniClass
- Loadable and System Families (Type Parameter “Assembly”) – UniFormat
Contract Micrographics if you would like to understand which standards to apply to achieve the desired result across the life of a building project.