USG Interiors announced that Advanced Estimating software application The Edge now includes USG Ceilings products. The gypsum manufacturer also issued seven new Seismic Technical Guides to help building professionals better understand and comply with seismic ceiling design requirements outlined in the International Building Code.

“Through both our products and our expertise, we’re committed to providing our customers with the technology and tools they need to make better, quicker and more accurate decisions,” said Bill Hogan, director of marketing, Ceilings Division.

Streamline the Estimating Process

Using The Edge, estimators can easily select from a library of pre-loaded USG Ceilings products, which makes estimating and procurement more accurate and efficient. For example, select a product family, such as DX, and all unrelated products are filtered out. Enhanced system features further simplify the estimating process for complex takeoffs. So when an estimator selects “seismic installation,” any additional components and labor necessary to install in accordance with the code are included in the estimate automatically.

Professionals can also improve their dealer communications by generating detailed quote requests or purchase orders that list exact item descriptions with carton quantities. Accurate estimates and orders helps make sure crews have what they need to finish jobs on time and on budget.

Future versions of The Edge will include USG ceilings products in the software’s standard database. Current users simply need to contact The Edge to request an updated database that includes USG ceilings products.

Technical Guides Provide Code Clarification

Drawing on its industry-leading knowledge of how suspended ceilings and components function in seismic events, USG’s seven new Seismic Technical Guides will help architects, contractors and code officials better interpret and comply with International Building Code regulations.

“Unlike codes used in the past, many of the International Building Code seismic ceilings requirements are performance based and leave out specifics such as construction details,” said Lee Tedesco, manager of Seismic Systems. “This increases the risk of misinterpretation as various building professionals and architects view the requirements differently based on their job responsibilities. The consequences can be costly and may require time-consuming re-work, last minute design changes and construction delays.”

To download USG Seismic Technical guides, visit the Resources section