On Wednesday 21 March, NBS officially launched the National BIM Library externallink at Ecobuild.

After more than a year of investigation, development, consultation and investment by NBS, the National BIM Library was officially launched at Ecobuild last week – with opening words by Mark Bew, Chairman of the UK Government BIM Implementation Group.

Mark Bew commented:

"The Government Construction Strategy is all about saving costs and carbon, the strategy is a sum of all parts and BIM is key to integrating that all together. We welcome initiatives such as the National BIM Library, which will provide an accurate and efficient way of working with BIM – ensuring that vital ‘open sharable asset information’ is available to everyone throughout the entire supply chain."

Dr Stephen Hamil, Head of BIM at NBS, unveiled the first batch of generic BIM objects in IFC at the Ecobuild ‘RIBA Village’ stand – where he was joined by the leading CAD software vendors, including Autodesk, Bentley Systems, Graphisoft, Tekla and Vectorworks, all of which were keen to endorse NBS’s latest
free-to-use resource for the construction industry.