Improved Security And Surveillance Bidding - 2018 MasterFormat Divisions Examined)

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jul 19, 2018

Navigating the world of system specifications and bidding work can be complex and confusing, but a standard format exists, and understanding it greatly helps integrators respond and win bids.

We purchased the 2018 version of CSI's MasterFormat, the most commonly referenced system of dividing up construction work into bid sections and checked up on changes that impact security vendors.

Inside, we explain different divisions (including Div 08, 26, 27 and 28), identify which ones are typically used to classify security systems, and which versions are current.

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