09 August 2018

NBS announced the launch of its most innovative specification platform today, NBS Chorus, the first cloud-based platform to be released from the UK-based business.

NBS Chorus is a collaborative specification platform supporting global design and construction, aimed at those professionals who need to produce high quality specifications efficiently. 

The use of cloud technology ensures that those using the new platform have the latest software and global content at all times, improving collaboration and efficiencies across whole teams and minimising risk.

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”

Launched at BiLT North America on August 9, the team at NBS see the new platform as a way to help the industry continue in its digital transformation.

“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,’ continued Richard.

“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.

“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,” said Mark Bragg, Principal Mechanical Engineer at Mott MacDonald.

“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,” said Nick Ainscough, BIM Development Lead at IBI Group.

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 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.

With access to 24 hour support, NBS is reinforcing its message that it is ready to support 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, who provide technical information, specification and BIM tools to construction industry professionals as well as services for building product manufacturers recently announced a £31.8m investment from LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group.

The investment will continue to deliver future product development and international growth plans.

If you’re interested in learning more about NBS Chorus, NBS is running a series of discovery events across the UK in September and October.

To register interest email/visit and to find out more visit www.theNBS.com/discover

To find out more about NBS Chorus, visit www.theNBS.com/Chorus

For more information, please contact NBS PR Executive Jennifer Scullion on +44 0191 244 5523 or email Jennifer.Scullion@theNBS.com.


ABOUT NBS: NBS is committed to offering distinctive, innovative specification and information solutions to construction industry professionals and are proud to be leading the construction industry in its digital evolution. Our origins lie in the National Building Specification and for over 40 years we have developed and produced NBS products which support the built environment. Our NBS specification products cover construction, engineering services and landscape design.

More recently we have developed an integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) platform that has been designed to support global design and construction. It currently has four major components:

  • NBS BIM Toolkit: BIM execution plan, roles and responsibilities.
  • NBS Create: BIM specification and knowledge platform.
  • NBS National BIM Library: BIM object library, generic and actual.
  • Construction Information Service (CIS): Standards and regulations.

CIS is delivered via a joint venture with IHS Markit. This relationship has successfully prospered for many years.

Our products are recognised as being individually effective in their own right, but via the linking of the data, classification and integration, the true power comes through these connections across the NBS BIM platform. Combining world leading technology with expert knowledge, NBS is trusted to help construction industry professionals make the best project decisions.

To find out more about NBS, visit www.theNBS.com

ABOUT DIGICON: Digicon is a premier source of construction-related information in Canada - primarily in the form of master specifications, software for specifications and BIM, and related services. Digicon is a Canadian corporation based in Alberta for more than 20 years, starting as a father/son family business and now transitioning into NBS, a division of RIBA Enterprises.

Digicon’s flagship products are its master specifications, designed for the large and small commercial sectors (CMS and MiniSPEC), and the residential sectors with HomeSPEC, and project management documents such as OutlineSPEC and MasterPP.

Digicon has a direct licence with the National Research Council (NRC) to publish the Canadian National Master Specification (NMS). Visit www.digicon.ab.ca for more information.