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NBS Online Viewer


NBS and Autodesk Advance BIM into the Cloud

In June, NBS officially launched the public beta phase of its new tool, the NBS Online Viewer.

Powered by Autodesk Forge technology, the tool makes it quick and easy for everyone working on a construction project to view a 3D model and associated specification through a web browser without the need for additional software.

NBS provide technical information, specification and BIM tools to professionals in the construction industry and are encouraging all those working on BIM projects to test drive the new tool and join them in the next phase of its development.

Since becoming the first UK Autodesk Solutions Associate last year, NBS and Autodesk have been working together to develop the next generation of information and knowledge management integration. The latest development is all about taking BIM into the cloud!

NBS is presenting a solution which provides and maintains critical data within the construction workflow, allowing customers to provide more value to their clients.

Linking manufacturer and specification data, the NBS Online Viewer is brought to life with a web browser and a free NBS ID, providing huge efficiency gains for designers, manufacturers, contractors and building owners/operators alike by allowing everyone to be informed on a project, regardless of technology barriers.

The tool works by combining either the Revit or IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) model with NBS Create in the cloud. It’s as simple as clicking the ‘model’ button and uploading this with the associated specification. Once uploaded, the model can be navigated within the web browser.

The specification viewer provides approximate quantities calculated from the model and presents linked clauses together with hyperlinks to external resources such as manufacturer websites and published documents. By adding email addresses, others can be invited to view the model and specification.

NBS has developed plug-ins for BIM design software for a number of years, allowing customers to better coordinate their models and specifications and the NBS Online Viewer is in direct response from customers needing to be able to share and view coordinated design and specification information.

Being able to view and interrogate this information from the context of a 3D model will allow for better, earlier informed decision making on projects, whilst providing the right content and information to the right people at the right time.

To access the NBS Online Viewer and to give feedback visit

(Image shows the team that developed the NBS Online Viewer, from left to right is Joanne Pringle NBS Global Product Manager, Alan Smith NBS Labs Manager and Stephen Hamil Director of Research and Innovation at NBS.)

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Jennifer Scullion

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