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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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11 May 2017 | by

The annual NBS National BIM Report is now recognised as one of the industry’s most comprehensive reviews into the use of BIM. Now in its seventh year, we distil some of the key findings from this year's survey.

11 May 2017 | by

Richard Waterhouse, CEO of NBS, introduces our seventh annual National BIM Report and explores some of the key themes and trends.

10 May 2017 | by

Procuring an electronic access control system is often way down the list of priorities when designing a new or, refurbishing an existing property; however, in this article we explore some important aspects to be considered when developing an access control strategy and highlight some of the pitfalls to be avoided if the optimum system is to be designed and installed.

05 May 2017 | by

Graphisoft has developed a new tool to enable designers and manufacturers to create BIM objects suitable for use in ARCHICAD without GDL experience or programming knowledge. To show just how easy the tool is to use we've developed a broad set of generic FFE objects and made them available on the NBS National BIM Library.

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.

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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06 April 2017 | by

NBS staff open the doors to our UK headquarters, taking you on a tour of the recently-refurbished, BCO award-winning, Old Post Office in the heart of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

30 March 2017 | by

Results from the NBS Specification Survey highlight specifiers’ needs and the challenges that they face when producing specifications. But there are several different ways in which specifiers may approach this task and attempt to overcome these challenges. We ask Malcolm Brown, Director of FaulknerBrowns Architects, to share his experience of producing specifications and his opinion on how manufacturers can help them.

30 March 2017 | by

David Wigglesworth, Managing Director of SFS intec UK, shares his experiences and opinions about how manufacturers can support specifications and ensure that design intent is not broken.

30 March 2017 | by

Following the launch of What Specifiers Want 2017, we asked four specifiers from a variety of practices, to share their experiences of specification, product selection and manufacturer support.

30 March 2017 | by

NBS Research Manager, David Bain, explores some of the key themes from this year's What Specifiers Want report and shows how NBS can help manufacturers build lasting relationships with specifiers.

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