Thursday 30 November 2017

BIM research for Manufacturers

We have just published a free-to-download research report for manufacturers interested in BIM.

As with all of our NBS market research reports, 100s of organisations have been surveyed and the results are presented alongside easy-to-read analysis...
Manufacturer attitudes to BIM
There are also a few case study articles looking at how manufacturers and BIM are working on real life projects today.

How an architectural practice is using manufacturer BIM content on housing projects in London

How a manufacturer is creating standardised content and distributing it to thousands of designers
Also, a quick plug for the excellent NBS research service - David and Adrian in my team have done some top work for leading manufacturers and organisations such as Microsoft, RIBA and DCLG over the years. If you are going on a digital transformation and want to understand what your customers needs are - then give us a call or drop us an email:

Download the manufacturer BIM repoort below:

Tuesday 14 November 2017

AU2017 - NBS in the Exhibition Hall

If you are at AU2017, please come and see us in the Exhibition Hall.

We have two stands - please come over and say 'hello'.

1. As part of the Future of Making Things exhibition
Our stand in the Future of Making Things exhibition
Understand a little more about how we are encouraging the industry to move from paper to digital
Explore a 3D printed model of our NBS Old Post Office building
The fantastic BDP case study

Short video showing off the stand

2. In the Forge Partner area
You'll get a warm welcome from Head of Software Development Phil Scott at the Forge Partner area

Watch the BDP case study


Really good fun to take part in the AU fun run early this morning.

Good to see it in measured in metric too (5K) and not 3.2miles :)
Alarm goes off at 5.30am - glad I only had 3-4 beers the previous night

Up before sunrise

Some of the Autodesk UK gang

The Newcastle parkrun posse

Shaan Hurley - the man behind the run

Over 100 runners
The view at 6am on the strip

The time it takes to do 5k up and down escalators, across traffic crossings and avoiding the drinkers that were still out partying
- Results

AU Las Vegas - Presentation

Yesterday I presented with Jim Quanci from the Forge team. This presentation can be viewed online at the link below:

As it was at the Dev Con, I decided against Powerpoint slide after Powerpoint slide and did some live software demos. Screenshots from these below...
Fantastic to present alongside Jim Quanci who leads the Forge team
Back of an envelope sketch #1 - Could we do a CAD plug-in in 2010?
Back of an envelope sketch #2 - Could we do a cloud integration in 2016?

Software demo 1 - Syncing cloud guidance and standards with the model

Software demo 2 - Syncing project specification with model

Software demo 3 - Not just BIM objects, but BIM objects with standardised data

Software demo 4 - Generic and manufacturer content all scheduled to show standard attributes

Software demo 5 - The published information now in the cloud (Forge Viewer in middle)

Software demo 6 - Click the object - see the spec

Software demo 7 - Basic training application using Forge

Software demo 8 - Live coding (with only one mistake on the day!)

Software demo 9 - Student project at NBS

Software demo 10 - Accessing data using Google Sheets API from a Raspberry Pi

Software demo 11 - The temperature in our office at NBS in the UK in real time

Software demo 12 - Accessing data from BIM 360

Software demo 13 - Selecting the model from BIM 360

Software demo 14 - Viewing the BIM 360 model in the NBS environment
To see some of this in context - please visit our NBS case studies page...

To watch the full presentation, please see:

Monday 13 November 2017


I've just been 'followed' for the 5,000th time on Twitter. A big thank you to everyone who has clicked the 'Follow' button - hopefully I tweet stuff of interest (occassionally at least). A quick look through the Twitter Analytics portal shows some of the more 'engaging' tweets from the last couple of years below...

October 2017...
June 2017...
April 2017...
February 2017...
June 2016...
First ever Tweet in September 2011 - no followers - nobody engaged :(

And of course - a big thank you to the 5,000th follower...
Thanks for the follow Mr Reis!