NBS and Autodesk to collaborate to build the next generation of BIM information management and product object integration

Press Release
July 2016

NBS and Autodesk have announced their intention to work together to develop the next generation of information and knowledge management integration.

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NBS will help Autodesk and its customers with support for the BS1192 Building Information Modelling (and the future International Organisation for Standardisation standards) processes and the next generation of integration with product objects, specifications as well as standards and regulatory information. Supporting improvements in information and knowledge management through the project workflow, the collaboration will simplify decision making process for customers by implementing enhanced integration between the products.

This integration of geometry and data will simplify decision making, provide access to content through the entire project workflow and enable collaboration across the different disciplines, saving time and money.

This means that Architects, Surveyors and Engineers can gain access to critical information, reducing risk to business owners and managers. And for manufacturers, it provides the opportunity to place key information at the point of decision making.

Richard Waterhouse, chief executive of NBS states; “This effort will provide a step change in the delivery of integrated solutions to provide huge efficiency gains for designers, manufacturers, contractors and building owners / operators. By integrating our data into the Autodesk portfolio, we will be providing a joint solution which provides and maintains critical data within the construction workflow and adds more value for our customers.”

Vikram Dutt, senior director building business line at Autodesk states; “Autodesk and NBS have shared desires to benefit the industry as a whole and both are committed to providing our customers with the best experience.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Our new Solution Associate relationship with Autodesk is an important step change to collaborate on interoperability through the construction workflow.

What does this collaboration between NBS and Autodesk mean?

NBS has become the first UK Autodesk Solution Associate and is proactive in building relationships which have the shared vision of empowering the construction industry. Through this collaboration we will be building upon existing and new workflows to bring open interoperability between data and 3D modelling to meet the needs of our customer requirements both in the UK and Internationally. Watch out for more news on this soon. Integration of geometry and data will simplify decision making, provide access to content through the entire project workflow and enable collaboration across the different disciplines, saving time and money. 

Does this collaboration mean NBS are now working exclusively with Autodesk?

No.  NBS already provides solutions to integrate data with a number of CAD providers to meet our client’s needs and will continue to do so.  

What is NBS's commitment to open data exchange?

Data and the standardisation of data underpins NBS vision and we have an ongoing commitment to support open industry standards such as Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) and Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie). We already produce our NBS BIM Objects in IFC standard that can be used within the CAD plugins we develop including the Autodesk Revit plugin.  We build our network and solutions to support open standards allowing customers to use their applications of choice to deliver BIM projects. 

If you would like to read more on the work NBS has driven to support standardisation of data and data exchange we have selected a few of the many articles on www.theNBS.com, we hope you find these useful;

What does this news mean for manufacturers?

NBS strives to provide the right information, in the right format, at the right time to help our customers make better project decisions. The provision of manufacturer information is key to that success and it is likely that this relationship will lead to improvements in the way construction information is delivered, together with more effective BIM workflows. Opportunities for manufacturers to further integrate their information into BIM workflows are anticipated as a result of this new working relationship.

Want to know more?

Please contact our Customer Centre on 0345 456 9594 (+44 (0)191 232 9594 from overseas) or  email info@theNBS.com. The team will be able to answer your query or direct your question to the correct colleague at NBS.

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The NBS BIM Toolkit is a free-to-use BIM project management tool that provides step-by-step help to define, manage and validate responsibility for information development and delivery at each stage of the asset lifecycle in Level 2 BIM projects.

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