What place do specifications have in a digital construction industry?

Press Release
November 2016

NBS has launched its latest survey to understand how the industry is changing the way it writes specifications as it continues to adopt digital ways of working.

Sample specificationIts fourth survey on this topic, Newcastle-based NBS is inviting construction professionals to inform the industry on changing needs in how specifications are being written and help NBS improve the tools and resources it provides.

“For a long time, specifications have been hastily written late in the design stage, and printed and passed on as static documents,” said NBS Chief Executive Richard Waterhouse.

“BIM is rapidly becoming the industry standard for developing, delivering and maintaining project documentation. As construction professionals continue to adopt these new digital ways of working, we need to understand how people are producing specifications and selecting products, how they do it and what tools or resources they use.”

The survey is now live and will close on Sunday 4 December.

NBS, the leading global provider of construction information and construction knowledge management services, has run the survey since 2011, tracking the way in which the industry’s understanding of and attitudes towards specifications are changing.

The last survey showed 65% of respondents agreeing that in the future, a specification will have a life as long as its building.

75% believed specifications will become ever more central and more than three-quarters also expected specifications to link digitally to both 2D and 3D drawings – the latter lying at the heart of BIM.

Topics covered in this survey will include: creating specifications, specification information, selecting products or performance criteria and improving the product selection process.

You can complete the survey at [LINK REMOVED - SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED]. Results will be published in early 2017.

For more information, please contact NBS PR Executive Jennifer Scullion on 0191 244 5523 or email Jennifer.Scullion@theNBS.com.

Notes to Editors

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.

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