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Design and Specification

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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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16 November 2017 | by

How do you decide if your project needs a passenger lift or a platform lift? We explore the pros and cons of these access solutions and some of the key considerations, whichever you opt for.

09 November 2017 | by

The Department for Education has confirmed that T-level courses in construction will get underway in 2020.

08 November 2017 | by

Plain Language Questions posed by a client/employer help guide how the supply chain rises to the challenges of delivery on a construction project. We explore how PLQs fit into a project workflow.

07 November 2017 | by

The NBS Manufacturers' BIM Report 2017 provides a snapshot of the changes the industry has been going through since the BIM mandate was implemented in April 2016 and shows what manufacturers are making of the opportunities on offer. Here we distil some of the key findings from this year's survey.

07 November 2017 | by

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02 November 2017 | by

The NBS Manufacturers' BIM Report 2017 provides a snapshot of the changes the industry has been going through since the BIM mandate was implemented in April 2016 and shows what manufacturers are making of the opportunities on offer. Here we present a preview version of the report, officially launched at the Construction Product Association's Autumn Lunch.

31 October 2017 | by

We explore applications and practicalities of installing raised access flooring systems in this NBS guide.

27 October 2017 | by

Uniclass 2015 is a dynamic classification for the construction industry. Our latest update includes publication of the Project Management Table and minor changes to six other tables in response to user requests.

25 October 2017 | by

In our beginner's guide we look at issues arising when assessing potential impacts of built assets across the project lifecycle.

24 October 2017 | by

The latest ranking of UK smart cities commissioned by Huawei UK charts an increasing pack of contenders and challengers with an interesting change at the top of the table.

23 October 2017 | by

The pedestrian crossing reimagined as an interactive road surface and a network of sensors. We explore the Smart Crossing and explore its potential to save lives by constantly learning about our actions.

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