Design and Specification
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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.
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.
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?
Uniclass 2015 is a dynamic classification for the construction industry. Our latest update features new codes and minor amends to existing codes across six classification tables with some major additions to the Activities table.
The role of Artificial Intelligence in helping the built environment sector make huge improvements, in terms of delivery, cost and carbon, came under the spotlight in this year's ICE Forrest Lecture.
Educators are flocking to the Minecraft platform, which allows players to build and explore virtual cities, to enthuse a new generation of potential construction professionals.
There's a packed events programme in store for the remainder of 2017. Don’t miss out on the best conferences, exhibitions, expos and networking events that can add value to your working life in the months ahead.
A new smartphone app, Eyeware, designed to help you see through the eyes of someone with an eye condition, could help the design community better understand the challenges faced by those with a range of conditions, including cataracts and glaucoma.
The CE Mark has become familiar and seemingly ubiquitous but what does it actually signify? What products does it apply to? What does a CE Mark mean in terms of trade? We explore what the mark means for manufacturers looking to trade and end users looking to buy products.
Linking extra 'dimensions' of data to your information models has the potential to give you a richer understanding of your construction project - how it will be delivered, what it will cost and how it should be maintained. Here we explore 3D, 4D, 5D and 6D BIM and show how adding extra information can make for more timely decisions and, ultimately, better buildings.
An ageing population means massive changes to our healthcare provision. Technology gives us the tools to shift focus from cure to prevention. What role do architects have in rising to these challenges? The team at AD find out...