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Construction News Awards Digital Built Britain

Winner: NBS - NBS Create

The inaugural Digital Built Britain Award recognises the increasing importance of digital technologies in construction.

Backed by the UK BIM Task Group, in association with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Cabinet Office and the Construction Industry Council, it called for UK initiatives where innovative use of data could enhance the lifecycle value of a building or infrastructure asset during its design, construction or use.

This new category attracted a superb response from both the construction industry and beyond, with seven high-quality entries shortlisted, with the first Digital Built Britain Award won by NBS for its specification tool NBS Create.

This solves the problem of information overload by providing access to the right information, at the right time, for clients to confidently make sound specifying decisions.

“Excellent use of structured asset data in an altruistic business model”

Judges’ comment

With concise and consistent information available throughout the project timeline, NBS Create reduces inefficiencies such as data duplication, data loss and information shortfall, leading to fewer errors.

The tool’s integration with business information modelling added extra weight to this winning entry. The technical content in NBS Create works intelligently with BIM software, as well as connecting to CAD software and COBie, providing seamless integration with other widely used industry programmes.

NBS Create further impressed the judges with the simplicity in which it encourages collaborative working by allowing specifiers to query and analyse information across individual and multiple projects. In addition, best practice and knowledge can be shared between colleagues and between projects – again saving time, reducing error and improving specifying standards.

This outstanding entry delighted the judges, who praised its “excellent use of structured asset data” alongside an easy-to-use, intuitive user interface. NBS demonstrated “a business model that was altruistic” with their tool.

Based on open standards, NBS Create’s data structure is published to the wider industry, encouraging greater access and standardisation.

The judges also noted NBS Create’s “potential for growth on an international scale”, as well as the tool’s clear opportunity for expansion into other sectors, in crowning NBS Create winner of the Digital Built Britain award 2013.

Highly Commended: The PODFather eTicketing for Earthworks – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The PODFather, a proof-of-delivery system for earthworks, took a concept from another industry and applied it to a construction process, immediately bringing multiple benefits. The eTicketing system for earthworks automates the production and managing of waste conveyance notes and associated paperwork. The judges were impressed with the potential this initiative has to be quickly rolled out to other construction management processes.

“An effective solution that delivers improved productivity and reduction of waste”

Judges’ comment


Amtech Group Amtech XG


Mott MacDonald BIM/STEPS Interface

SAP Virtual Design and Construction

The Commercial Applications Company TIM (Tunnel Information Management)

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