NBS launches cloud-based collaborative specification platform

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NBS expands its range of industry tools, launching a specification tool called Chorus, which aims to get teams working together

Launched at BiLT North America, NBS has launched Chorus, a new specification SaaS platform, which aims to support global design and construction teams, aimed at improving the efficiency of professionals in creating high quality specifications.

By using the cloud as a platform, all team members use the latest software with access to the same global content, at all times. This minimises risk and eases collaboration across whole teams. NBS Chorus delivers structured content written and maintained to UK or Canadian practice and standards. Content suitable for US and Australian practice and standards will follow.

NBS CEO Richard Waterhouse said, “Some of the biggest issues for our customers when it comes to producing specifications are: unstructured content, barriers to collaboration and lack of connectivity between specifications and the rest of the project. “NBS Chorus allows the whole team to work together as one. It connects the people you need wherever they are, provides the whole team with accurate global standards and classifications and connects this all together in a platform built for BIM on a global scale.

“One of the key areas highlighted by the McKinsey Global Institute in its 2017 report was that, to improve productivity, the construction industry needed to ‘infuse digital technologies’ to get close to the $1.6 trillion global value the sector could reach if it could truly transform itself.

“NBS has always taken the initiative to do better for our customers and continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible within the industry. We see NBS Chorus as the future of specification and see true value for anyone who wants to come on this journey with us.”

A number of global practices have been involved in a private launch of NBS Chorus throughout 2018, including Mott MacDonald, Ryder Architecture and IBI Group.


Mark Bragg Principal Mechanical Engineer at Mott MacDonald explained, “The ability to work within a cloud-based software platform allows Mott MacDonald to collaborate with external organisations undertaking projects worldwide using the capabilities of the collaborative software.”

Nick Ainscough, BIM Development Lead at IBI Group also said, “This product will not only allow us to more effectively work between Studios, but also with other consultants. The ability to be able to review specifications not in isolation from the design / model, but as part of the design, will allow for more collaborative discussion with context,”

Glenn Tate, Associate at Ryder Architecture, said: “By having project specifications from different design discipline in a single area, we hope that the collaboration this offers will remove the risk of gaps in the project specification and help to remove assumptions in design information that has multiple responsible parties.”

NBS will provide 24 hour support for global construction projects. Since announcing expansion across two continents in 2017, acquiring Canada-based Digicon and setting up in Australia, NBS has updated the NBS National BIM Library and BIM Object standard tools to include Canadian and Australian content.

NBS is running a series of discovery events across the UK in September and October to show off Chorus. To register interest email/visit and to find out more click here.


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