Tuesday 26 September 2017

Specifying manufacturer products

The free-to-download sample NBS specifications have been updated on our website to include manufacturer information:

For each discipline there is now has an example where the performance of the system  has been specified to inform contractor's design and also an example where a system has been fully specified including a selection of manufacturer products.

The screenshots below show how this works in the NBS software using the 'NBS Plus' manufacturer library and also the final output.

For each product clause in NBS the manufacturer selection may be either left to Contractor's Selection or a specific manufacturer and product reference may be specified.

In the Landscape example, the manufacturer Charcon is selected
Once a manufacturer product is specified, the specification options for that particular product are provided within the software. Accompanying guidance is provided in the NBS Plus window to the right.
In the Services example, specification choices are made from the Schneider Electric catalogue
At any time, a report of all manufacturer selections may be generated. This can be generated within the software or published to PDF.
Within NBS Create there is a report of every manufacturer product specified
The specification information is very well structured and can be exported digitally. However, on most projects, a well-presented PDF or print out in the company brand is typically needed.
Example 'print out' from the Structures example

The case study from the NBS Old Post Office Building is a good example of NBS Plus in action on a real project:
Real-life 'NBS Plus' content used in the specification for the NBS Old Post Office Building 

Download the sample NBS specifications to learn more about the different methods of specifying depending on design responsibility:

Tuesday 19 September 2017

Photo to 3D

There is technology being used currently the construction industry to take a set of arial 2D photographs and turn this into a 3D model.

On a similar subject, a colleague at NBS pointed me at the following website which constructs a 3D face from a 2D photograph.


It's pretty clever stuff - and easy to play around with for free if you have a spare two minutes.

Select a pre-loaded example - or upload a face of your own

Not just a 2D face

...but spin it around and it's an OBJ file created with intelligence about the depth of face features
A little creepy, but give it a try...