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NBS launches Online Viewer

21 Jun 17 NBS, provider of building product information services, has launched a new online tool for viewing project plans.

NBS wants those working on BIM projects to test drive its Online Viewer
NBS wants those working on BIM projects to test drive its Online Viewer

The NBS Online Viewer is designed to make it quick and easy for everyone working on a project to view a 3D model and associated specification through a web browser without the need for additional software.

“As part of our existing suite of integrated solutions, the NBS Online Viewer provides huge efficiency gains for designers, manufacturers, contractors and building owners/operators alike, by allowing everyone to be informed on a project regardless of technology barriers,” claimed NBS chief executive Richard Waterhouse.

“By integrating the model and specification in the cloud, we will be providing a solution which provides and maintains critical data within the construction workflow and allows our customers to provide more value to their clients.”

NBS has developed plug-ins for BIM design software for a number of years, allowing its customers to better coordinate their models and specifications.

NBS director of research and innovation Stephen Hamil said: “The NBS Online Viewer development is in direct response from customers needing to be able to share and view coordinated design and specification information. Being able to view and interrogate this information from the context of a 3D model will allow for better, earlier informed decision making on projects, whilst providing the right content and information to the right people at the right time.

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“We encourage all those working on BIM projects to test drive the NBS Online Viewer. The public beta phase will be open for the next few months and from there we will determine how best to build the first release to market with the help of our customers.”

The tool works by combining the Autodesk Revit or IFC model and NBS Create specification in the cloud without the need for the user to licence or install any software. The model viewing technology used is part of the Autodesk Forge platform.

“Autodesk Forge provides the building blocks for our own solutions as well as our and our partners’ future software offerings,” said Jim Quanci, senior director, Autodesk partner development. “We have developed a strong relationship with NBS and are delighted to see them using Forge to help shape the future of connected design and construction data.”

The NBS Online Viewer is initially in a public beta phase. To access and give feedback on the viewer visit

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