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Design and Specification

Save time and money by making informed choices at the design and specification stage of your projects. Tap into specialist insight and analysis on design and specification from NBS.


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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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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.

15 March 2017 | by

Improving air quality, increasing natural light and introducing greenery can have a real and significant impact on your employees and the company's bottom line too.

14 March 2017 | by

Employers are responsible for defining the deliverables required at each stage of a construction project as a digital plan of work (DPoW). This plan will cover the entire project timeline - from developing a strategy to managing the built asset. Here we explore the digital plan of work stages and show how content develops over time.

13 March 2017 | by

Clients have a cruical role to play in reducing the amount of carbon present in built structures. A new UK Green Building Council guide offers practical advice when it comes to developing an effective brief.

11 March 2017 | by

Mark Bew MBE looks back at the BIM Level 2 journey, the move towards BIM Level 3 and the start of the Digital Built Britain programme - heralding a new generation of smart infrastructure and construction.

11 March 2017 | by

Kieran Parkinson from BSI looks at the how BIM standards have helped remove much of the risk and uncertainty associated with sharing information in a virtual construction environment and explores how such standards can be internationalised. He also shares thoughts on four UK BIM standards projects that will drive the next stage in the digital construction revolution.

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Paul Dodd, Associate Director at the Scottish Futures Trust, shares the story of Scotland's BIM Level 2 journey and the work of the BIM Delivery Group.

11 March 2017 | by

This case study looks at how Manchester City Council’s supply chain is utilising BIM on their schools’ programme. It looks at one of these schools, the St Margaret’s refurbishment project, through the design and specification phases.

We explore the progress made by the EU BIM Task Group and an update on how European Nations are approaching the challenges of the move towards collaborative digital construction.

07 March 2017 | by

The 2017 RIBA CPD Roadshow programme is in full swing. Why not join us at a venue near you to take in a tailored free seminar programme of RIBA-accredited CPD presentations? Our roadshows are an unmissable networking opportunity and proof positive that there really is such a thing as a free lunch.

04 March 2017 | by

Producing a specification doesn't have to be an afterthought. We show how early collaboration can help make the specification process run much more smoothly, resulting in much improved outputs.

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