At NBS we are currently working on our new specification project. We are delighted to announce that previews of this are now available of this now on our beta test server.
Each month now I shall be blogging about features of the new product to try and encourage current NBS users to join our Beta Test program and help us influence developments. This month my article is on specifying through the project timeline through outline, performance full specifications.
1. Outline specification
The current RIBA Plan of Work does not mention NBS until Stage F, “Action F212: Select from the library of standard specification clauses (NBS recommended)”. With our NBS 2012 product the NBS specification process will start at Stage C.
The project specification will be created by adding systems, such as walls, roofs, windows and doors, from the NBS library. A short description can be added to each system to produce an outline specification. The screenshot below shows a typical outline specification created using NBS 2012.
2. Performance specification
Next Generation NBS is a “wizard-led” specification process, where the specifier adds just the clauses they need at the appropriate time. No longer is the user presented with a long list of clauses as a “checklist”.
The screenshots below shows the “system outline clause”, the drop-down pre-authored NBS options and the expert technical guidance allows the user to specify what they need.
Each system has comprehensive performance content that reference the latest standards and regulations.
The user may write a true system performance specification (for instance for a client on a D&B job).
They can also mix and match system performance content with partially completed product specifications (for instance planning submissions).
3. Full specification
Next Generation NBS can of course be used to create tender specifications and these may be updated throughout the construction phrase to hand over a record specification to the client once the building is complete.
Content from the specification model can be published by system or in traditional work section to assist with procurement and dissemination of the information to sub-contractors.
For all blog articles on NBS 2012 – click the NBS 2012 hyperlink to the right of this page.
For articles written by members of our technical team on this up and coming product please see NBS Head of Specification Ian Chapman’s recent article and NBS Head of Content Development John Gelder’s recent article.
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