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Video: Berlin’s Museum for Architectural Drawing 

Video: Berlin’s Museum for Architectural Drawing

This new gallery for architectural drawings, designed by German/Russian practice SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov recently won the ar+d awards in the UK. It is a small 500m² gallery in Berlin, constructed in five above-ground tiers. watch now ...


What is BIM? 

What is BIM?

BIM involves generating a visual model of a building which also manages data about it, at the design stage, throughout the construction phase and during its working life. read more ...


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BIM through the Plan of Work

24 September 2014

This conference will will guide you through the RIBA Plan of Work, detailing how to implement and execute a BIM strategy, from the beginning of a project through to its completion ... read more ...

Which contract? Navigating your way through the procurement maze

7 October 2014

Knowing which contract to select for your project can often be a minefield. With over 200 standard building contracts to navigate through, it can be confusing as to which contract to use. This seminar has been carefully developed to help you make the right choice and select the most appropriate contract for your build. ... read more ...

NBS Live

Digital Thinking, Smart Building – 4 November 2014

Following on from its successful launch in 2013, the RIBAJ and NBS are teaming up to create and produce another one-day conference that will provide you with the support, content and information you need to excel in your profession ... read more ...


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Solar power and the capacity crunch

Going off-grid was once the sign of a truly ‘deep green’ approach to life. But with the National Grid facing a capacity crunch this winter, changes in technology and a new UK Solar Strategy just published, now may be the right time to rethink our attitudes to solar power ... read more ...

New NBS National BIM Library website launched for designers

The NBS National BIM Library website has had a complete makeover. Find out how it helps designers and specifiers discover BIM content more easily. read more ...

BIM explained

Building Information Modelling (BIM) helps all construction service providers to apply the same design approach to building and infrastructure projects – in effect, sharing structured information and creating designs with intelligent objects. read more ...

Specifying masonry systems in NBS Create

The August 2014 update to the masonry content in NBS Create brought with it a new, more flexible way to specify masonry systems and products. The new method differs significantly from the original approach, so this article aims to explain the basic methodology, and give some illustrated examples for common masonry constructions. read more ...


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Double CPD points at NBS Live Conference: Digital Thinking, Smart Building

NBS can help you boost your hours and learning points, by attending our annual NBS Live Conference: Digital Thinking, Smart Building you can gain double CPD points ... read more ...


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