Monday, 14 June 2021

Podcast interview with Richard Waterhouse NBS

I can definitely recommend the latest NBS podcast. My colleague Paul Swaddle does a tremendous job asking the interesting questions and listening to Richard Waterhouse talk about the industry's digital construction journey.


Over my 20+ years at NBS, I've worked really closely with Richard on many projects/developments - so it was really nice to sit back and listen to the interview.

Topics covered...

  1. Golden thread
  2. Sustainability
  3. Transforming a paper publishing business into a SaaS business
  4. 1970 and the need for national building specification
  5. Business leadership
  6. The UK's role in the BIM journey so far
  7. Digital twins

Well worth a listen.

Finishing note: whilst search for the podcast on youtube, the following video popped up. This is from 2014 when we won a double at the CN Awards for restructuring our specification content library and launching our BIM library. Remember videoing this back stage on my mobile phone - a nice record of a landmark in our NBS journey.

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

NBS - June update

 June update on all things NBS

Hyperlinks to everything covered below:

1. Support on importing Building and Create specifications into Chorus
- https://www.thenbs.com/our-tools/product-retirement

2. Check out the manufacturer product data on NBS Source
- https://source.thenbs.com/

3. Reflections on our recent NBS conference
- Paul Swaddle - https://www.thenbs.com/knowledge/8-key-takeaways-from-cls-2021-for-specifiers
- Lee Jones - https://manufacturers.thenbs.com/resources/knowledge/4-key-takeaways-from-cls-2021-for-manufacturers
- Paul Wilkinson - https://extranetevolution.com/2021/06/nbs-summit-accelerating-digital-transformation/

4. Our recent 'on demand' Uniclass webinars with Sarah Delany
- https://www.thenbs.com/events

5. ...and if you can find ten minutes, the link to our digital survey
- https://www.thenbs.com/about-nbs/press-releases/have-your-say-on-digitalisation-take-part-in-the-new-nbs-digital-construction-survey

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

NBS - May Update

 May update on all things NBS



1. Watch the presentations from CLS2021 'on demand'

- https://www.thenbs.com/events/cls2021

2. Discover the NBS Academy

- https://www.thenbs.com/support/nbs-academy

3. Download the NBS Chorus whitepaper

- https://www.thenbs.com/nbs-chorus-whitepaper

4. Sign up for the Uniclass 2015 sessions

- https://www.thenbs.com/events

5. Check out the content on NBS Source

- https://source.thenbs.com/

6. Participate in our Digital Construction Survey

- https://survey.alchemer.eu/s3/90338288/P

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

International use of Uniclass 2015 - Japan

There was an excellent presentation as part of a conference yesterday ran by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism about Uniclass 2015.

I was made aware of it and although my foreign languages are poor (apologies - GCSE French only), the process and the use of Uniclass 2015 during a developed design is clear. We've already seen Uniclass 2015 being mandated by states in Australia and have heard of translations into Spanish and Portugese for use in South America and Central America. Is this further evidence of Uniclass 2015 slowly becoming the classification for BIM around the world?

To see the full presentation which is in the public domain, visit the Japanese MLIT website:

https://www.mlit.go.jp/jutakukentiku/build/r2seikahoukokukai.html

Google Translate helps on the HTML links

Using the EN and SL tables at an early design stage

Using the EF and Ss tables as the design progresses 

Writing outline specifications for the specific system types

Defining which products make up each systems using the Pr table

Writing technical content for the outline specifications using NBS template clauses

Linking 3D model objects with the associated specification clauses


For more information on Uniclass 2015 see:

For more information on NBS Chorus see:
https://www.thenbs.com/nbs-chorus

Opinions - Building product manufacturers

 As a part of the NBS Construction Leaders' Summit we did a number of Microsoft Teams sessions where we asked questions of the industry around specific topics.

Two of these videos looked at the subject of building product manufacturers. Watch them below...

1. What advice would you give to building product manufacturers?


2. What's your experience of being a manufacturer on the NBS platform?


To find out more about NBS Source see:

https://www.thenbs.com/nbs-source

Opinions - Specification

As a part of the NBS Construction Leaders' Summit we did a number of Microsoft Teams sessions where we asked questions of the industry around specific topics.

Two of these videos looked at the subject of specification. Watch them below...

1. How does a well-written specification help on a project?


2. What one feature do you like best about NBS Chorus?


For more information on NBS Chorus see:

https://www.thenbs.com/nbs-chorus

Friday, 23 April 2021

Opinions - Building safer

As a part of the NBS Construction Leaders' Summit we did a number of Microsoft Teams sessions where we asked questions of the industry around specific topics.

Two of these videos looked at the subject of building safer. Watch them below...

1. What is your understanding of the phrase 'the golden thread'?


2. How can you track specification decisions through to completion?


Opinions - Sustainability

As a part of the NBS Construction Leaders' Summit we did a number of Microsoft Teams sessions where we asked questions of the industry around specific topics.

Two of these videos looked at the subject of sustainability. Watch them below...

1. How do you ensure sustainability is a factor on projects?


2. What are you seeing now on projects that you weren't ten years ago?