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04 May 2017 | by NBS
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 Sarah Delany 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 Richard McPartland
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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04 June 2019 | by Vicki Holmes
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 NBS
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 Nick Ainscough
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.
03 May 2019 | by Rob Jackson
Bond Bryan deals with BIM in two aspects: Architecture and Digital. Our Architecture team is primarily focused on the creation, sharing and coordination of information models, whilst our Digital team is focused on providing specialist Information Management and Coordination Management services to our architectural teams, and also other clients, consultants and contractors.
02 May 2019 | by Glenn Tate
Earlier this year, we were offered the opportunity to present at the Discover NBS events in Edinburgh and Newcastle upon Tyne. The suggested theme of the presentation was our digital strategy. We used this as a chance to reflect on the technological advancements that the practice has undertaken in what we thought was our recent history, only to realise that digital technologies have been part of our processes for over 30 years.
01 May 2019 | by Alistair Kell
Architects, designers and engineers’ fundamental skills rely on their creative and technical abilities, but technology is increasingly changing the way that they work.
05 April 2019 | by Dr Stephen Hamil Last amended on 22 August 2019
The PAS 1192 series of standards and, subsequently, the ISO 19650 series of standards define the need to have a common data environment (CDE) for collecting, managing and disseminating information throughout BIM projects.
13 February 2019 | by NBS
The January 2019 Update has changes to 4 tables in response to user requests.
01 February 2019 | by NBS
Our first Construction Technology Report, mapping the views, practices and adoption of new technologies across the industry.
25 January 2019 | by NBS
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.
08 January 2019 | by NBS
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 Dr Stephen Hamil
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.