Master specifications will provide the detailed information, the "I" in building information modelling.
They will describe in detail the same objects that are visually represented in the CAD model. So within the CAD model you will be able to see how many windows you have, where they are located and what they look like. In the specification model the information behind the window will be recorded, what regulations/standards the window must comply with, what workmanship/execution tasks are required, what manufacturer products make up the window and, finally, what regular maintenance is required through the window's life.
It is key that master specification systems and CAD systems interoperate so that this information can be shared and used to its best effect.
This is why BIM is revitalising master specification systems. It is now the job of master specification systems world-wide to enhance their data and their software to allow their users to make the most of BIM.
NBS Create is a groundbreaking new specification tool authored by NBS' in-house experts. It will enable you to work in a more efficient way, help you collaborate across the whole project team and save you time and money, making sure you are in control of managing your business successfully.
Visit www.theNBS.com/NBSCreate for more information.
A number of expert articles and online videos may be found within the BIM Topic area of the NBS website http://www.theNBS.com/BIM/.
These articles and videos look at BIM from designers, contractors and clients’ points of view. In addition the annual National BIM Report from NBS that looks into the UK’s attitude to BIM may be downloaded from this site.