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Design and Specification

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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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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 …

17 January 2018 | by

It’s easy to see why some people think that adopting a BIM approach might only be worthwhile on bigger projects, but is there benefit and value in adopting BIM processes for smaller projects? And just what is a BIM approach anyway?

21 December 2017 | by

In this NBS review of the year we look at some of the key headlines from the year gone by and ruminate on what to expect from 2018.

11 December 2017 | by

Norway is set to break records for tall-timber construction with a new structure in a town just north of Oslo. Mjøstårnet will be more than 80 metres tall - 30 metres higher than what is today considered the world's tallest timber building.

30 November 2017 | by

Autodesk's President and CEO, Andrew Anagnost, kicks off AU 2017 with a unique perspective on automation and the Future of Work. Passionate about the topic, Andrew's presentation is designed to give you the confidence to embrace this new future. There's even a staring role for the NBS Online Viewer in this year's keynote.

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

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.

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