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NBS Announces Acquisition of SCL Schumann

By Construction Tech Review | Friday, December 04, 2020

NBS has announced the acquisition of Australian specification consultancy SCL Schumann (SCL) along with its specification software tool Ezyspec.

FREMONT, CA: NBS, a construction technology platform, has announced the acquisition of Australian specification consultancy SCL Schumann (SCL) along with its specification software tool Ezyspec. The purchase will help develop Australia’s most complete, consistent, and updated platform for creating product information and architectural specifications and offering world-class consulting services.

The SCL acquisition has become another milestone in NBS’ worldwide expansion plans. It will provide access to a customer base that contains over 100 architectural firms that include most of the Top 50 Australian architecture practices.

NBS and SCL are dedicated to enhancing the accuracy and quality of specifications, thus increasing the construction quality. The partners will provide technology that allows architects, designers, and specifiers to interpret information efficiently. It will help them make informed decisions while designing or specifying for a building project.

Colin Smith, Executive Chairman, says, “Construction technology is increasingly expected to be a fundamental part of a building project, and as the sector digitises there is a rapidly growing demand for truly global solutions. Companies and practices want and expect to be able to use the same tools regardless of international boundaries. Bringing SCL into the NBS family will combine game-changing technology with world-class consultancy expertise. This will offer Australian specifiers additional opportunities to build out their digital toolkit further.” Smith concludes, “Digital tools and innovation will be key in construction meeting the big challenges of the twenty-first century, including climate change. These tools will allow architects and specifiers to design better buildings based on the latest performance data from building manufacturers. Not only will buildings be greener, but they will also be safer.”

According to Schumann Consult Australia Managing Director Will Hamlyn-Harris, “NBS is passionate about digital construction. Their leading technology platform combines the best content and connectivity and its designed for anyone involved in the design, supply and construction of the built environment. This acquisition will further enable SCL to improve the quantity, quality, and support of our specification and software products, including Ezyspec, with full access to the global resources, reach and experience of NBS.” Hamlyn-Harris adds, “I was impressed with the capabilities and direction that NBS offers through their systems and team capacity. The writing on the wall moment came when I witnessed the integration Chorus offered with modelling platforms such as Revit and Archicad. This approach is the future of specifications and scheduling.”

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