Richard McPartland is editor of theNBS.com
As editor of theNBS.com since 2015 Richard is responsible for commissioning, editing and writing much of the content you see on the site.
He's spent over 18 years writing, editing and presenting content for use across print, broadcast and online - including technology magazines, daily newspapers, BBC national and local radio, BBC Online, Directgov and a range of organisations in the higher education sector.
For the last ten years Richard has specialized in developing and implementing digital strategies with a particular emphasis on content migration, development, and promotion, all of which he's put to good use to deliver hundreds of websites and web services. These include sites on higher education policy, a tourist information site for a museum, a brochure site for an international street theatre festival and the complete teardown of a local authority's web presence. Now the redevelopment of theNBS.com is added to the projects list.
Richard also has extensive experience as a journalist and technical author - delivering materials on subjects as diverse as higher education policy, HR and employment law and communications strategy.Follow @richmcpartland
We share the main talking points from our discussions on the future of digital construction at Autodesk University London this week.
The NBS Online Viewer allows models and specifications to be uploaded and viewed from the context of a project from within the NBS BIM Toolkit. We caught up with the team at BDP to find out how they took the tool for a test drive on their Glasgow Queen Street project.
The rise of digital construction has allowed contemporary architects to develop workflows in collaboration with those working in design and construction. AD explores what this means in the workplace and how new working practices are delivering better client outcomes in Workflows: Expanding Architecture's Territory in the Design and Delivery of Buildings.
Industry Foundation Classes - or IFC, for short, makes it possible to hold and exchange relevant data between different software applications and is at the heart of openBIM. We explore interoperability for digital construction in this beginner's guide.
Don't miss out on the latest research and analysis from NBS. This month sees the publication of our Specification Report and the NBS National BIM Survey. Get the latest insight and analysis with our unmissable free downloads.
Specifications for construction: defined. For all the talk about models awash with data (both graphical and non-graphical) you avoid the specification at your peril. But what is a specification for construction? What form does it take? What detail should it contain?
Think of a skyscraper and you likely envisage a imposing monolithic structure made of steel and glass. Strong, sturdy, predictable. Dull? But a new wave of buildings are turning to a more traditional building material – timber – to deliver imaginative and eco-friendly projects, even at altitude.
Do you know your Level of Information (LOI) from your Level of Detail (LOD)? Can you tell your BIM Execution Plan (BEP) from your Common Data Environment (CDE)? Put your knowledge of Building Information Modelling to the test with our series of fun quizzes.