Monday, 21 October 2013

Specifying sanitaryware with Twyford Bathrooms SpecMaster

At NBS we have just finished delivering the SpecMaster on-line specification system for Twyford Bathrooms:

I include a few screenshots below to introduce what we believe is probably one of the most advanced specification systems in the world that works entirely through a web browser.
(Click on the images below to see them a little larger).

Fig 1 shows that the web browser is split into three areas. The left hand-side is a library of content from Twyford Bathrooms. The user may search or browse through the items - it possible to see previews of the products, indication of price and also filter results to quickly find the assembly that will be specified. The central area of the screen is the project specification. To the right is a list of the spaces in the building. The specified assemblies are associated with the spaces.
Fig 1 - Select your sanitaryware from the Twyford Bathrooms library
When a user specifies an assembly they are led through the product specification decisions in a simple wizard. Only compatible products are offered as options - this results in a robust specification where the correct products are specified to work with the parent assembly. For example, only the compatible brassware is shown for a specific bath assembly in Fig 2 below.
Fig 2 - Configure the specification linking child products to the parent assembly
Fig 3 shows how easy it is to associate the assemblies with a space. This can be done through the context sensitive options or by simply dragging and dropping.
Fig 3 - Associate the assemblies to the spaces within your building
Fig 4 below shows that it is not just the specification that is built into the data model, but also quantities. Against each item specified in a room type, the user may add the quantity. This allows a quantified list of products to be generated, either for pricing by the contractor or to work directly with Twyford Bathrooms.
Fig 4 - Specify the quantities in each type of space
In terms of publishing information from the data model, the user may choose to publish to PDF, Word or Excel. They may classify the information by traditional CAWS or Uniclass 2. In terms of the information structure a number of options are available including "traditional NBS specification" and "room based specifications with quantities".
Fig 5 - Many different publishing options for the specification, space and quantity information
Fig 6 shows an example PDF output with table of contents, page numbers and headers + footers.
Fig 6 - A professional looking PDF "print out"
...and finally, our R+D team at NBS have aligned the database structure so that output from the Twyford Bathrooms specification system can be imported into NBS Create should it be desired. Fig 7 below shows the flow of data from one system to another.
Fig 7 - It's even possible to import the content into NBS Create
It is a completely free system to use and it's very easy to register and sign up - please take the time to check it out at:

For a case study on the story behind this development please see our website:

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