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Aecom and NBS combine to offer BIM joint venture

Aecom has announced a joint venture with National Building Specification to offer combined construction information and specification with cost and carbon data for companies adopting BIM.

Aecom’s specification consulting and design management team will join with NBS, part of RIBA Enterprises.

The new company ‘NBS Schumann Smith’, references the former name of Aecom’s SDM team, and will be headed up by Dave Smith, director of the original company Schumann Smith since its formation in 1986 and subsequent merger with Davis Langdon in 2000.

In the NBS 2012 survey it revealed that the number of construction professionals using BIM has more than doubled in two years – but 4 out of 5 people believe the industry doesn’t yet understand its meaning.

The new venture seeks to combine NBS’s range of specification products and content, with Schumann Smith’s expertise in specification consulting and design management.

NBS and Aecom’s specification and design management team already provide services to all of the UK’s top 100 architectural practices.

As part of the arrangement, Davis Langdon will provide global cost and carbon data for the NBS BIM specification platform, NBS Create.

This specification platform supports the adoption of BIM by ensuring all documentation works together intelligently throughout the entire project timeline.

Aecom’s specification consulting and design management teams in Australasia and the Middle East will remain as part of the group whilst retaining close links with NBS Schumann Smith.

And as a global platform, NBS Create will be of increasing relevance and benefit to architects and developers in these regions and elsewhere outside the UK as the alliance grows and develops. 

Commenting on the announcement, Dave Smith said: 

“Joining forces with NBS is an exciting development for us and I don’t envisage it will be long before our enhanced specifications become the new industry standard. I also look forward to continuing to work closely with AECOM, drawing on its global reach and wealth of knowledge to enrich our databases.”

Richard Waterhouse, Chief Executive of RIBA Enterprises Ltd, owners of NBS, said:

“This collaboration is a logical step in our on-going efforts to make life easier for design and construction teams. Along with our National BIM Library initiative, we will be able to offer an unrivalled provision of knowledge and information supporting the BIM drive for cost and carbon efficiency.

“NBS Schumann Smith represents a unique market proposition and going forward there is significant scope to develop and deliver new services to clients.”

Bob Pell, chief executive for Aecom’s program, cost and consultancy arm, which incorporates Davis Langdon, said:

“We are delighted to be working with NBS with its impressive reputation and influence. The combination of Schumann Smith’s expertise, AECOM’s cost and carbon data and a first class BIM compatible software platform will result in an exceptional product that will deliver real value and best practice for the industry.”

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