User Guide Contents -4-

Getting Started

Installation & Minimum Hardware and Software Requirements

  1. Please note that the downloadable DIT file is over 23 Mb.  If you are using a 56k modem, download times will exceed 30 minutes.  If you prefer to receive a copy by mail, please click here.

  2. Minimum Hardware/Software Requirements
    • Operating System: Windows95, 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000, or XP
    • Processor: Pentium II 200 Mhz; RAM:64 MB
    • Software:

    > MS Access 2000


    > MS Word 2000
    (allows viewing and printing of Text reports)


    > MS Excel 2000
    (allows viewing and printing of DataTracker report)

    • Recommended screen resolution: 1024x768 or higher

    Functionality will be enhanced if an active Internet connection is established while the Tool is in use.


  3. Installation Instructions:  Download the DIT (DITInstall.exe) to your MS Windows™ desktop.  Double-click DITInstall.exe on your desktop and follow the prompts.  Program icons will be created for launching the tool from the desktop or from the Program files directory. 

Using the Tool

  1. First, the owner selects a “Design Intent Coordinator” to orchestrate input to the Tool by all stakeholders.  The Owner or Coordinator completes the "Owner’s Goals & Project Info" and "Team Contact Info" Tabs, and, if desired, selects an appropriate Template File.*  These steps provide the design team with a conceptual framework and guideposts.
  2. The design team then develops the project’s Design Intent Document Tab by adding/deleting/modifying the Design Areas, Objectives, Strategies, and Metrics (including “+/- Details” and “Assessment Records” sub-pages).
  3. The Design Intent document is finalized, with input from all stakeholders.  Reports generated in MS-Word and MS-Excel can be fed into the design program, specs, and other documents for easy modification.
* To save users' time, we have prepared optional default “Template Files” that users can begin with and modify as they see fit. These may be imported from the "Manage Project Files” button. The initial Release includes one Template File applicable to laboratory-type facilities (with links to the Laboratory Design Guide) and another for LEED’s green-buildings measures ( common building types. Design Areas for LEED and Laboratories can be combined in either template. Users can also develop their own templates.