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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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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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24 November 2017 | by

Construction projects benefit from an aerial vantage point and thanks to drone technology it's quicker and easier than ever to get an eye in the sky that is able to collect video, photos and data that you can put to work on a project. We explore the benefits of unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs for the construction industry.

21 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. Download our full, free report today.

21 November 2017 | by

The team at David Miller Architects share their experience using high-quality BIM objects as part of their project design workflow.

21 November 2017 | by

Drew Wiggett, head of product information at NBS, explores the benefits of structured product information when it comes to product selection and specification.

21 November 2017 | by

Laser scans are a quick and easy way to collect extremely accurate data about on-site conditions. We explore some of the advantages of the "Scan to BIM" process, what laser scanning entails, and how point clouds can be used to deliver 3D parametric models.

21 November 2017 | by

In this class from the Forge DevCon strand of Autodesk University Las Vegas, Dr  Stephen Hamil from NBS looks at how project teams can collaborate to develop information on a BIM project.

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.

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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 National BIM Report for Manufacturers 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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