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The NBS for Autodesk Revit plug-in is a completely free software tool that helps users of both Revit and NBS specification products to work more efficiently and accurately when generating their design documentation.
To download this free tool please see the website below:
To glance through the key features, please see the blog post below. If any other bloggers would like to re-publish this post on their blogs then please feel free but please link back to this one.
The walk through below looks at a very simple example. Fig 1 shows that there is a specification for a flooring system, panel cubicle, partition wall, doorsets and a type of wash basin assembly.
|Fig 1 - A project specification|
It can be seen that the user has selected to link the Revit model with the equivalent specification model.
|Fig 2 - A Revit model|
|Fig 3 - Associating a Revit object with a specification object|
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PARAM f3b4c178-53c0-41d2-aa02-5e75ba8d7ceb NBSDescription TEXT 3 1
|Fig 4 - Project unique NBS IDs as parameters|
These parameters can also be used in category and multi-category schedules.
At any point the user may click the "View clause" button on the toolbar (as shown above in Fig 5) and they will jump to the correct specification at the context of the associated object. Fig 6 below shows that the user has clicked to view the specification of the wash basin assembly and is reading the installation requirements and looking at the referenced British Standards.
Fig 7 shows that other parameters may be added to the tags to give differing amounts of information on different views. This is really useful for fire safety plans or acoustic or security design.
The big added advantage of using the toolbar is when information changes in the specification or model. There is functionality that helps with coordinating this information and ensuring no errors creep in. Fig 8 below shows that the titles of the two types of doorset have been modified in the specification. In addition, the wooden flooring system has been removed as it is considered too expensive.
Fig 9 below shows that by clicking the "Verify Annotations" button the user has quickly generated a report showing which systems have been removed from the specification. It also provides warnings where the titles have been modified. It is then easy to coordinate the information that has changed.
Fig 10 shows that there is single click access to ribaproductselector.com to access product literature, maintenance and installation guides, CPD material and contact information from over 10,000 manufacturers.
There is also a link into the dedicated Building Information Modelling area of theNBS.com. From here over 100 expert articles, many videos, reports and books may be accessed.
Finally, the nationalBIMlibrary.com may be searched directly from the toolbar to find the BIM objects that you need on a project. Users can download these and quickly add them to their project or office library.
So hopefully people will agree that this a pretty feature packed first release of the toolbar. At NBS we will continue to develop functionality to link the specification and associated technical guidance and manufacturer information closely into your other design packages. We will continue to work with all of the main BIM providers to ensure that what we develop can be embedded into their software.
|Fig 5 - Quickly tag the objects based on the parameters|
|Fig 7 - With a single click view the detailed specification of any of the objects in Revit|
|Fig 7 - Have tag variations to display the relevant parameters|
|Fig 8 - Objects will become uncoordinated|
|Fig 9 - Verify all annotations are correct prior to issuing any documentation|
|Fig 10 - Browse manufacturer information on ribaproductselector.com|
|Fig 11 - Browse expert articles, reports, books and watch videos at theNBS.com/BIM|
|Fig 12 - Search nationalBIMlibrary.com directly from the Revit toolbar|