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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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Sit up straight and get stuck into these ten talks exploring machine learning, smart cities, data and lots more

01 August 2018

A good master specification system must follow the principles of the seven Cs - we take a look at each one in our downloadable infographic 

24 July 2018 | by

There’s £600 billion of government investment in the pipeline, yet our workforce is ageing and short of the skills needed in traditional construction processes

02 July 2018 | by

From Augmented Reality to 3D printing, we take a look at some of the technology turning construction on its head

29 June 2018 | by

This year’s showcase of arts, design and innovation is full of exciting ways to use technology - from VR headsets to light shows performed by drones. We pick our top five

22 May 2018 | by

Uniclass 2015 is a dynamic classification for the construction industry. Our latest update is of particular benefit to construction industry professionals working in the rail and water sectors.

10 May 2018 | by

The annual NBS National BIM Report is now recognised as one of the industry’s most comprehensive reviews into the use of BIM. In this eighth report, we glean an insight into the achievements and challenges of the industry two years on from the BIM Mandate.

23 April 2018 | by

As the population continues to grow and urban areas continue to sprawl, light pollution is becoming an increasing problem. In this article we look at the different types of light pollution and the problems they are creating.

21 March 2018 | by

The locks to your front and back doors are integral to keeping your property and all of its contents safe and secure. We take a look at the most common type of lock - the Euro Cylinder - and the regulations surrounding it

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