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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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Last amended on 26 April 2019

Uniclass 2015 is a unified classification for the UK industry covering all construction sectors. It contains consistent tables classifying items of all scale from a facility such as a railway down through to products such as a CCTV camera in a railway station.

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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In this article Dr. Stephen Hamil explains the differences between structuring specifications by Common Arrangement of Work Sections (CAWS) and Uniclass 2015. 

16 October 2019 | by

Working with specification experts at the practices AHMM and BDP we have developed an alternative structure for the published output in NBS Chorus.

23 September 2019 | by

With the Rugby World Cup in full swing, NBS Chief Executive Richard Waterhouse gives his view on what the construction industry can learn from his favourite sport.

23 August 2019

National Design Consultancy (NDC) has written its first specification using NBS Chorus. Read how it’s helping the team of engineers to work more efficiently across multiple offices.

21 August 2019 | by

Ryder Architecture’s Newcastle and Vancouver teams were among the first to produce a specification using NBS Chorus. Here they explain how it helps the practice to work efficiently across the world.

21 August 2019 | by

In 2016 it was announced that NBS has become the first UK organisation to become an Autodesk Solution Associate. Both organizations have been working closely together to develop the next generation of information and knowledge management solutions.

05 August 2019 | by

This is the latest in our quarterly updating programme for Uniclass 2015 and includes updates to 11 tables.

30 July 2019 | by

Working digitally to a standard process will help transform the construction industry. This article is an adaption of a recent presentation on the main stage of Autodesk University London taking an in-depth look into this topic.

26 July 2019

Quantum Flooring Solutions is the UK’s leading independent stair nosing and accessories manufacturer UK. We caught up with them to discuss working with architects and specifiers through NBS.

04 June 2019 | by

In early 2018, Multiplex internally mandated the use of BIM and digital construction on all new projects, regardless of client requirements. We decided that this level of commitment was the only way to deliver our projects in the most efficient, safe and timely manner.

17 May 2019 | by

The ninth NBS National BIM Report is now available. Read the latest on the state of BIM, representing the views of nearly 1,000 industry professionals.

06 May 2019 | by

The utilisation of 3D authoring tools enables us to be adaptive to project needs and typology. Such tools are able to hold classification data (such as Uniclass and IFC). They can communicate with database solutions (such as Codebook and NBS Chorus) to integrate with cloud-hosted common data environments (CDE) and other modelling tools, through the use of the IFC-neutral file format.

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