Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Shortlisted for RIBA North East 2017 Awards

Our Old Post Office refurbishment has been short listed for the RIBA North East 2017 Awards.

Check out the nine shortlisted buildings on the RIBA website and their Facebook site:
The Old Post Office in Newcastle
The RIBA Instagram feed is also publishing photographs of all of the regional award nominees.
Our new offices middle-right
To see a little more about our new building and about NBS as a company - check out our 'We are NBS' video below:

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Autodesk University London

In June Autodesk University comes to the UK for the first time. Autodesk University has been the biggest BIM event world-wide for a number of years now in Las Vegas - to it's great to see it come to London in 2017.
AU London - 21/22nd June 2017
I am pleased to have been selected as a speaker for the event as part of the Industry Talks stream. I'll be looking at how construction professionals in the UK are using standardised objects and how they are linking their models with the specifications. I'll also being demonstrating some new cloud based tools where models and specifications may be combined and viewed through the web browser.

The description of the class is as follows:

Practical Examples of How to Develop and Coordinate Information on a BIM Project
Stephen Hamil - Director of Research and Innovation
This class will present how project teams can collaborate to develop information on a BIM project. 

We will initially look at setting up a plan of work to give clarity on which team members are delivering what information and when. Following this we will look at how designers can develop their designs using standardised BIM objects in Revit. Practical examples will then be given on how to link these objects digitally to the associated specification to better coordinate this information and reduce risk. We will finish by exploring the role of the cloud and big data in future workflows and show practical examples of how the Forge platform can accelerate this.

Stephen was part of the team that developed the UK government’s BIM Level 2 standards and tools. As director of research and innovation at NBS, he has been fundamental in developing the products that led to NBS being the first UK Autodesk Solution Associate in 2016.

Keep an eye on this blog to find out more nearer the event.

For a full list of speakers and details on registration please see below:

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

BIM Show Live 2017

Last week it was fantastic to see over 400 construction professionals in Newcastle for BIM Show Live.  A collection of photographs and videos below from the event...
Space Group Rob welcomes the speakers to Newcastle

The recently refurbished 1820 railway building - 'The Boiler Shop'

Rob explains that this was where Stephen's Rocket was built - the steam engine design chosen in 1829 as best to power the railways
Read more about Stephenson's Rocket:'s_Rocket
Keynote speaker Mark Shayler looks at the changing world
Watch Mark talk about innovation and change as part of a Ted talk:
Keynote speaker James Pellatt provides his experience of doing BIM as a client over recent years

Over 400 delegates came to the North East

One of my favourite cartoons

Elliott from BDP gives his thoughts on BIM
Other items of interest included:

Each room had a North East feel and was named after a famous geordie
From NBS, both myself and my colleague Drew Wiggett presented - to find out more about NBS products and services for BIM - please see below:

Monday, 30 January 2017

Mark Bew - BIM Level 2 and BIM Level 3

It was fantastic last week to have Mark Bew delivering our first lecture in our new NBS building.

I've known Mark since the days when he was chair of UK buildingSMART and hosting buildingSMART meetings in the Scott Wilson offices in London. Since then Mark went on to persuade the UK Government that it would be a good idea to 'do BIM' - and then was the driving force behind the BIM level-2 initiative.

Only 50 people could fit in the room. So - a few slides from the presentation below and also the embedded video of the presentation from our NBS youtube channel.

I'd definitely recommend finding 30-40 minutes one lunchtime and watching the video at the end of this blog post...
The first lecture in our new building

Paul Morrell's reflection on the UK achievements

A reflection on where technology was when Mark started out on his career

The exponential growth of computing power

Using the cloud, and apps, and feedback to create a better society based on evidence of performance
Watch the presentation now...

Check out the write up on our website and some exclusive video footage:

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Opening of our new NBS building in Newcastle

Last night we officially opened our new NBS office with presentations and a drinks reception to business leaders from around the North East.

A selection of photographs from Twitter below from the hashtag #DiscoverNBS.

To find out more about our new office please visit our website:

The roof top garden, lecture theater and boardroom

The Hub

The decking looking out onto Newcastle Cathederal
The specification for the flat roof above The Hub (specified using NBS of course)
Another roof top garden shot

The ground floor office space

The exhibition space
The facade (as it has been for over 100 years)
Update 26/01 (a couple of pics from the official photographer) - it was a real privilege to the get the chance to show off our digital solutions to the guests :)
Our super new lecture theatre (sits 50-60)

How our digital solutions connect together
You can also see how we used the design model for the building in one of our NBS videos below...

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Pitch at Palace

This week I was fortune enough to attend the Pitch at Palace event at Sunderland Software Centre.

In addition to celebrating all things 'Tech' in the North East, it also was a chance for a number of up-and-coming tech businesses to pitch to His Royal Highness The Duke of York at part of the Pitch at Palace initiative.

North East excellence in technology

It was a super day and a bit of who's who in the North East technology industry. Prince Andrew came across really genuinely as really supporting up-and-coming innovations. He was engaging with speakers and even occasionally heckling them :) It was also fantastic to hear the keynote speech from Leighton's Gerard Callaghan. As part of this story was an early extranet/ftp project they did for Taylor Woodrow which eventually turned into 4 Projects.
Prince Andrew supporting technology in the North East

The founder of 4projects Gerard Callaghan
The winners
Well done to Billy Webber for chairing the day - and well done to the winners that have now gone through to present at the actual Palace in London in the final. Also, great to see that one of the winners was Ami Davies who used to work in the NBS team!

Friday, 6 January 2017

Don't miss out on BIM Show Live 2017

BIM Show Live 2017 is fast approaching (1st and 2nd Feb) and it looks like it's going to better than ever.
BIM Show Live
Since BIM Show Live #2 NBS have always played a part in the UK's biggest and best BIM event and this year it will be no different. It's a little bit more special this year of course as the event is only a few hundred meters from our offices in Newcastle upon Tyne!

NBS will be doing technology demonstrations, contributing to panel discussions and running one of the classes. So if you want to catch up with us and know anything more about our products and services, we'll be on hand over the two days.

If you haven't booked your place then you can do so through our NBS portal below. The web article also includes a summary of the great speakers that will be at the event.

I hope to see lots of new and familiar faces over the two days. For those that need a reminder of what BIM Show Live is all about - some of my blog posts from me from 2012 onwards below:

Graphisoft's Morph in 2012

TV star Mordue in 2013

An ever present Dave Philp with some of his friends

Thursday, 5 January 2017

The NBS BIM Survey 2017 is now open

Since 2011 at NBS we have run a national BIM survey to gain a true reflection as to what the industry thinks about the topic of building information modelling.

This will be our seventh annual survey. The majority of questions are consistent with previous years to allow trends to be monitored. Additional questions are also added this year to gain an insight into the industries BIM Level-2 attitudes and also to see which emerging digital technologies will have the biggest impact on our industry.

So please take part in and forward the link below around your colleagues - from the BIM evangelists to the biggest of skeptics. It takes around ten minutes to go through the survey - the final report will be freely available on our website in a few months time.


Does anyone else have a hard copy version of all six previous reports?

All previous reports can still be downloaded from our website: