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04 May 2017 | by

In November 2016 we launched our latest survey in a bid to understand how the industry is changing the way it writes specifications as it continues to adopt digital ways of working. We're now ready to share the results in the NBS Specification Report 2017.

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20 March 2017 | by

Uniclass 2015 is a unified classification system for the UK construction industry covering all sectors of the industry. Here we explore Uniclass 2015, introducing key concepts, explain how the tables are coded and how to view and download the Uniclass 2015 tables.

02 May 2017 | by

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?

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01 February 2019 | by

Our first Construction Technology Report, mapping the views, practices and adoption of new technologies across the industry.

25 January 2019 | by

Paul Shillcock, co-author of PAS 1192-2 and author of ISO 19650-2 and the UK National Annex visited us in January 2019 to discuss all things ISO 19650.

16 January 2019 | by

One of the most common questions asked of NBS is what the differences are between structuring specifications by Common Arrangement of Work Sections (CAWS) and Uniclass 2015.

08 January 2019 | by

In a new series of articles we ask city dwellers - including artists, gamers and sound designers - how their work informs the way they see the built environment

03 January 2019 | by

Arguably the biggest external factor influencing the construction industry is the world’s rising population. A recent World Economic Forum publication on the future of construction reported that the population of the world’s urban areas is increasing by 200 000 people per day.

03 January 2019 | by

With rapid population growth and increased demand for resources being two of the major challenges the construction industry is currently facing, PlanBEE student Will Marshall takes a look at how Hyperloop could potentially revolutionise the way we live, work and travel. In part two, he looks at what’s being developed and the challenges those developers face.

02 January 2019 | by

With rapid population growth and increased demand for resources being two of the major challenges the construction industry is currently facing, PlanBEE student Will Marshall takes a look at how Hyperloop could potentially revolutionise the way we live, work and travel. In part one, he looks at the history behind the concept and the benefits of adopting it.

21 December 2018 | by

More than two years after the Government’s 2016 mandate for collaborative 3D BIM on all publicly-funded projects, we want to know your thoughts on BIM. Have you adopted it? How embedded is it into your organisation? How is the industry doing at defining level 3 BIM?

13 December 2018 | by

Phil Simpson takes a look back at the last 12 month with BIM Alliance and pulls out his top take aways for 2018.

03 December 2018

Digital Information Specialist at Bond Bryan, Emma Hooper, gives us her view on what needs to change when it comes to value engineering. 

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