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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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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

12 March 2018 | by

From spirit level apps to thermal imaging cameras, there are hundreds of ways your phone comes in handy on a construction project. But will they really make a difference?

26 February 2018 | by

Over the past few decades, climate change and the search for renewable energy sources have become hot topics within the research community. Phase change materials (PCMs) have been heavily researched over the past decade due to their potential applications in many sectors such as the construction industry, the automobile industry, the aerospace industry and many more.

23 February 2018 | by

We have picked five key resources we think you will find useful if you are a practicing Landscape Architect. You could be just starting out in your career or have been practising for years, either way here are the top five resources you should know about.

12 February 2018 | by

It’s the 60th anniversary of the mighty LEGO brick – an invention the construction industry could learn a thing or two from …

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