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Hanif Kara and Daniel Bosia highlight how traditional notions of the design and engineering disciplines are being upended by digital change in a new book that draws heavily on practical examples from life at design and structural engineering firm AKT II.

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Uniclass 2015, the unified classification system for all UK construction sectors, continues to evolve. Find out more about the latest changes and the journey so far.

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NBS explored the imperative for consistent quality data for manufacturer's objects in a seminar session at BIM Show Live 2017. Here we touch on some of the key areas that formed part of the session and share presentation slides.

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23 February 2017 | by

Time is running out to share your experiences from the frontline of the digital construction revolution to help shape the NBS National BIM Report 2017. You've got until the end of the day on Tuesday to take part. Here we muse on some of the key trends we'll be watching for as your responses come in.

23 February 2017 | by

Typical concrete comprises cement, water, gravel and sand. While this mixture makes the substance hard and strong, it does not promote flexibility. Thus concrete is brittle and prone to cracks if too much weight is applied. What if it could be more bendable?

21 February 2017 | by

Learning doesn't stop when you leave the classroom, professional qualifications in hand. It continues every day on the job, both formally and informally, as part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Here we explore why CPD is so important for construction professionals including architects and highlight a range of useful resources.

21 February 2017 | by

Revisions to BS 5266 have been made to better align the document with national and European standards and to reflect the fact that, in some scenarios, such as hospitals or care homes, occupants may need to remain on the premises in safety.

20 February 2017 | by

Open Doors returns next month offering a unique chance to see behind the scenes at major 'live' construction sites across England, Scotland and Wales.

15 February 2017 | by

NBS research has found that Approved Documents are valued by users and are essential in making sure people comply with the building regulations. There is, however, work to be done to make them fit for digital construction.

15 February 2017 | by

Building successful UK sectors in smart cities, cyber and physical security and realising the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) is at the heart of the Digital Built Britain initiative. But what is the IoT and how can construction make the most of the opportunities it affords?

08 February 2017 | by

What is the difference between an ordinary door and a fire door? This article provides some insight into the use of fire doors in passive fire protection, how they should be specified correctly and who is responsible for their maintenance.

06 February 2017 | by

Find out how to get your free ticket to the annual construction showcase. Don't miss out on a packed programme of inspiring places, people and products, at London's ExCeL from 7 to 9 March.

02 February 2017 | by

NBS explored the imperative for consistent quality data for manufacturer's objects in a seminar session at BIM Show Live 2017. Here we touch on some of the key areas that formed part of the session and share presentation slides.

30 January 2017 | by

Mark Bew MBE, chairman at PCSG and the UK BIM Task Group, shared his thoughts on the UK's Level 2 BIM programme and revealed that a BIM Level 3 mandate will form part of Digital Built Britain plans.

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