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Vectorworks® users empowered as Uniclass built-in

With the core suite of tables now published, Uniclass 2015 adoption is growing across public and private sector – from Highways England and the Environment Agency to CAD vendors. One vendor who is leading the way in making Uniclass 2015 available to users in their CAD software is Vectorworks®, whose software is used by design professionals as a Building Information Modeling authoring tool on their projects.

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Vectorworks® users empowered as Uniclass built-in

“Including Uniclass 2015 was an important step to enable our users to comply with BS1192 and Level 2 BIM.” comments Martyn Horne, Product Manager for Exertis Unlimited, the exclusive UK distributor for Vectorworks® externallink. “The question from our users is always, new standards are coming out, do we have any templates that comply. It’s important to us that we respond to our users’ needs as quickly and effectively as possible.”

Vectorworks® have developed a process which takes the Uniclass 2015 codes as published by NBS and associates them with the Vectorworks® classes which control attributes and visibility of properties on screen. Users have the option to use templates featuring Uniclass 2015 codes. Alternatively for users wishing to create new Vectorworks® classes they can do so using a reference list detailing the Uniclass 2015 references.

For Martyn, making sure the Vectorworks® classes reflect the latest Uniclass 2015 classification is all part of supporting users with their adoption of BIM and giving them access to the latest BIM resources. Martyn himself is a respected figure on the BIM circuit, with membership of the UK Landscape Institute’s BIM Working Group.

…the biggest reluctance amongst users is that the tables are still changing, so speaking to NBS and knowing that the intention is to focus on a period of low level change is a reassuring message that we can share with our users.

Uniclass 2015 was developed and published as part of the Innovate UK funded BIM Toolkit project. Now developed and maintained by NBS, the tables continue to develop in response to industry need. With the core tables now published, NBS are focussing on a period of stability and low level change to ease the adoption and updating requirements of early adopters which include Vectorworks® users.

Martyn adds: “…the biggest reluctance amongst users is that the tables are still changing, so speaking to NBS and knowing that the intention is to focus on a period of low level change is a reassuring message that we can share with our users.”

NBS publish changes and revision guides to the Uniclass 2015 tables within the classification area on NBS BIM Toolkit. Users with NBS BIM Toolkit registrations receive notification emails when changes are issued. Martyn is now turning his attention to the updating process within Vectorworks® “the next part of this feature development will be to streamline the process by which we keep up to date with changes in Uniclass 2015. Currently users are required to download the individual files and replace them within the system. Looking ahead we hope to move this to a more automated approach in the future.”

Uniclass 2015 is a dynamic classification for the construction industry. The strength and relevance of its content is a result of ongoing consultation with industry representatives. Sarah Delany, Head of Classification at NBS said, “I’m excited to be talking to Vectorworks® and other CAD vendors about implementing Uniclass 2015. I look forward to ongoing feedback from this important segment of the Uniclass 2015 user-base in the future and would encourage them to use the Uniclass 2015 feedback mechanisms to request new codes”

NBS are currently implementing the Uniclass 2015 codes within their own portfolio of product information and specification resources starting with NBS National BIM Library and NBS Create.

 

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