Friday, 4 January 2019

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Last year we surveyed hundreds of construction professionals to understand what technology they were currently using to get ahead. We also asked for their opinions on where technology was going with respect to construction industry.

We are putting the final touches to the report now.

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The following article from myself gives my thoughts on the report and subject in general...
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Nice also to see the article being picked up in BIM+...
BIM+ - always worth a read

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

An international classification for the built environment

I was presenting to an international delegation recently and wanted a slide sequence to question whether a single universal classification system was possible for the built environment.

I then asked the Twitter community what they thought...
Twitter Poll
Essentially, would it be possible to have a single code to represent each 'object' in the built environment and then have international translations for each of these codes?
With increasing interest in Uniclass around the world, I wonder whether this will happen one day.

More reading: The Uniclass classification system

Digital Twin

I recently had a Twitter exchange with Ralph Montagu from around some slides he had illustrating the need for a 'digital twin' for each physical object.

I think it nicely illustrates what should be the case (tweet one) and what is more often the case (tweet four).

Ralph's second tweet makes the point that without the digital object and attributes there is no link to important data sources like spec and manuals.

My tweet suggests that the spec and manuals will quite often either not exist - or at least not exist in a digital format.

Finally Ralph shows the extreme case, where there are many boxes of disorganised paper.

Anyway, I thought it was a nice little set of illustrations worth putting into a quick blog post.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Caricature at AU2018

At Autodesk University, as part of the promo activities at the Dell stand for their Surface Pro device they had a very talented lady from EventToons doing caricatures.

Pics below...

Black lines

A bit of colour


Signed and downloaded

The kit being used

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Autodesk University 2018 - NBS presentation

30/11/18 Updated with actual video of presentation below...

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30/11/18 Original blog post...
Today I presented at Autodesk University. It was videod and when available I'll embed the video of the session within this blog post.

As a blog review, I include three video sequences from what I presented. I remember receiving presentation training a few years back, the lady that delivered the course told us that most of the audience will remember three things maximum. So here are three things :)

1. A digital future is needed
There have been a number of industry reports published recently. All point to a digital future for the construction industry. Download these from the hyperlinks below.

2. Specification and model together
A 3D model of a design can only contain a certain amount of information. The majority of the words describing the design are contained in the specification. This information should not exist in two silos - but must be coodinated.

The video below is a short 30 second sequence showing the model and specification being accessed in the cloud. This is a preview of functionality that will be added to NBS Chorus in 2019.

3. A required digital audit trail is needed
The final take-home message is that it is not just the latest information is needed. An audit trail of the decision making process is needed.

Consider the 'in use' stage of a building and a door needing replaced, how do the decision makers determine whether the suggested product is of an equivalent or better performance than what was installed? How do they determine whether this meets the initial design requirements?

This is what the industry must aspire to. This is the transparency that is needed.

The class handout with additional content can be downloaded from:

To find out more about NBS Chorus - see the link below:

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Autodesk University 2018 - Handout

Details on the class I am delivering at Autodesk University 2018 next week are below:

Hopefully see a few people there on Tuesday Nov 13 at 8am.

The class is completely full :), but in previous years they have let people queue and then take the place of those who don't show up.

Again, it's an honour to be co-presenting with Jim Quanci from Autodesk who has led out the Autodesk Developers Network for years and more recently the Autodesk Forge programme.

If anyone attending AU would like to catch up over a cup of coffee - please send me a tweet at @StephenHamilNBS.

My class handout can be downloaded from the link below:
- Stephen Hamil - NBS - Handout - AU 2018.pdf

As always, I'll do an accompanying blog post to go with the class as a record.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

An introduction to NBS Chorus

A similar blog post to the one below...

The video below gives an introduction to NBS Chorus from the back-up video sequences * I put together for my live demo of Chorus at the recent 'NBS Discover' events.

We believed NBS Chorus is the future platform for those wanting to write specifications collaboratively in a modern cloud environment. A few of the big improvements we have been working hard on include:
  1. All UK content structured to Uniclass 2015 to bring NBS completely inline with UK Government Level-2 BIM requirements.
  2. A cloud platform that works equally well on any device - PC, Mac, tablet, mobile...
  3. Fast. Chorus utilises the latest web technologies so the experience when multiple users are working on the same project is excellent.
  4. Specification library content for Australian and Canadian practices and standards... and addition global libraries on the horizon.
  5. A platform that can be easily embedded into other software solutions - check out Revit and ArchiCAD examples in the video below.
To see it in action, click 'play' below...

All video presentations from the event can be viewed at the page below:

* back-up video sequences of course weren't needed as live demos went fine ;)

An introduction to NBS Create

At our recent 'NBS Discover' events, I presented an update on our recent product developments.

NBS Building, NBS Create and NBS Chorus were presented.

Speaking to customers during the event, many commented that the NBS Create presentation was useful. In particular:

  1. How it contrasted the content structure between NBS Building and NBS Create. This aspect of the presentation looked at how NBS Create has a home for each individual system. The advantages of this include:
    1. The provision of a natural location for system performance content/completion that does not exist in traditional CAWS based NBS. This allows a level of clarity for jobs with contractor design portions.
    2. The ability to specify all related products within a system in one location without jumping between multiple work sections. For example a ceiling system can be specified in its entirety without going to different sections for the frame, the insulation, the fire stopping etc...
  2. How the strict system and product based structure maps extremely well to the modelling that takes place in the design tool. For example, a layered partition (system) and its material structure (products) or an MEP system with its connected families (products).
To watch the video sequences that we have put together following the event, click play below...

All video presentations from the event can be viewed at the page below: