25 January 2017

NBS, provider of technical information, specification and BIM tools to construction industry professionals, has acquired Digicon Information Inc, a Canadian publication and consulting company which provides specification data in Canada and North America.

Digicon is a well-established source for construction related information in the form of master specifications, software and BIM tools.

This move is the latest stage in planned international expansion for Newcastle headquartered NBS, who launched a subsidiary, NBS Knowledge Pty Ltd, in Australia at the start of the year.

Following the announcement at a VIP event last night, (Tuesday 24 January), at NBS' newly refurbished home, The Old Post Office, St Nicholas St, Chief Executive Richard Waterhouse (pictured left) said the company’s decision to expand overseas had been in direct response to customer demand.

It is a natural progression for NBS to develop our tools and expand our service offering to support both our UK customers and those in these exciting new markets

Richard Waterhouse

“We are passionate about digital construction and this passion is echoed within the industry in all corners of the globe,” he said.

“UK organisations are looking for a single provider to support their work in international markets. It is a natural progression for NBS to develop our tools and expand our service offering to support both our UK customers and those in these exciting new markets. It is something our customers and the industry expect of us. We pride ourselves in being seen as global leaders in innovation with and for our customers; the customer is at the forefront of all that we do”.

“This acquisition means that Digicon will be able to improve the quantity, quality, and support of its specification and software products, with full access to the resources and experience of NBS.  We already have an established highly skilled technical and development team in Newcastle. We are building upon this with our new team in Australia and are very much looking forward to working with similarly skilled and committed experts in Canada”.

ITV newsreader Pam Royle (pictured centre) and Company Chairman Paul Foster (pictured right) were in attendance at the VIP event as guest speakers. 

For further information about NBS, which provides technical information, products and services to UK architecture, construction, design and engineering companies, visit www.thenbs.com.

About NBS

NBS, specialist provider of technical information for construction industry professionals, offers essential, innovative products and services, highly valued by those working in architecture, construction, design and engineering.

The premier source of construction-related information, NBS has produced the recognised national standard specification system for the UK for more than 40 years. It provides solutions for a broad range of new build, refurbishment, retrofit, landscaping and domestic projects for construction professionals. Delivered within a powerful software package, NBS’s specification products continue to develop, leading an evolution of the specification and procurement process for buildings in the UK and overseas. NBS also provides solutions for contract administration and project information management.

NBS Create is a ground-breaking new specification tool that ensures all documentation works together intelligently throughout the entire project timeline, from concept stage to completion and beyond, to save time and money. More than 5,000 offices across the UK subscribe to NBS products, including 96 of the top 100 AJ practices.

The award winning NBS National BIM Library is also the primary source of free-to-use Building Information Modelling (BIM) content in the UK. It contains thousands of generic and proprietary BIM objects authored to the trusted NBS standard, all of which are data rich and are integrated with the world leading NBS specification software.


NBS is part of RIBA Enterprises Ltd, the knowledge management company of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). RIBA Enterprises employs 250 staff and has offices in London, Newcastle upon Tyne and Newark.