The future of specification in high demand as NBS Chorus turns one


NBS, the global provider of digital construction information, has celebrated the one year anniversary of NBS Chorus, its cloud-based design and construction specification platform.

Chorus has been described as ‘game-changer’ for construction specification allowing architects, engineers and designers to rapidly create detailed specifications for projects; helping them work faster and collaborate seamlessly whilst being compliant. 

UK specifiers have been quick to adopt the change, with over 1,300 architectural and engineering practices using the platform. Since its inception over one million specification clauses have been authored in Chorus. They have chosen products from manufacturers over 35,000 times.

The use of cloud technology ensures those using Chorus have access to the latest software and global content at all times, improving collaboration and efficiency across whole teams, minimising risk. As Chorus is cloud based, it can be used by Macs, PCs and other connected devices. 

Although NBS Chorus can work as a standalone platform it also integrates with leading modelling and common data environment tools. Two such examples are Graphisoft ArchiCad and Autodesk Revit, meaning designers can build a project model and work on the specification at the same time. 

One Chorus user, Maber Architects Nick Greenwood says “Having a live specification tool linking to the model has been a game changer, we can work faster and we’re able to spot challenges sooner. Beyond this we’re easily able to catch and eliminate discrepancies between the model, the drawings and the specification.”

Nick adds, “One major benefit is being able to collaborate on the specification, regardless of where team members are. Our collaborative approach includes adding the client, contractors and consultants to the system. We can ensure that any specification queries or amends get the robust consideration needed, saving us hours of chasing individuals via email and phone to get their input.”

NBS Innovation Director Dr Stephen Hamil said: “The rapid adoption of Chorus by the architectural and engineering sector clearly demonstrates a growing desire for technology that works, allowing users to focus on doing their day job, not endlessly cutting and pasting information from different sources.  Chorus provides structure, consistency and connects specifications to the rest of the project.”

He adds, “Joining up information makes it much easier to complete construction projects on time and on budget, removing the risk of gaps in the project specification and helps practices produce hiqh quality coordinated design information.” 

NBS Chorus was awarded the ‘Best New BIM Product’ award at the BIM show Live held on 25 February 2020. 

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