Ballots Early for Quick Task Team Review and Feedback
The revision cycle to update the nation’s leading
computer-aided design (CAD) standard is now open. The Steering Committee for the
United States National CAD Standard® (NCS) is accepting ballots until
July 14, 2013.
During the NCS revision cycle, participants
propose, debate and ultimately vote upon additions and changes to the NCS to
amend the current version of the standard. In this revision cycle, the Steering
Committee is soliciting proposals to amend NCS Version 5 (V5), which will lead
to the creation of the next version, NCS Version 6 (V6).
Current NCS users, who are most familiar with the
standard, can provide valuable input to improve the next edition. Any user who
owns NCS V5 and is a member of the NCS Project Committee can propose changes and
participate in the NCS V6 development process. This process is designed to
actively engage NCS Project Committee members in order to keep the NCS current
and responsive to industry needs.
The Ballot Submission Period opened on May 20 and
runs for 56 days. The Task Teams responsible for reviewing all of the received
ballots have 28 days from the receipt date of the ballot submission to process
the ballot. Therefore, NCS users who submit ballots quickly could potentially
receive Task Team feedback before the submission period closes.
Early feedback is beneficial for several reasons.
Submitters may have written a submission incorrectly or their ballot may need
modifications before the Task Team would provide approval. With a tight deadline
to process ballots, the Task Team normally returns to authors any incorrect
submissions received at the last minute. However, early submitters still have
time to revise and resubmit returned ballots with a much higher likelihood of a
successful outcome. Such feedback could mean the difference between users seeing
their ballots included in the next NCS edition versus waiting three years to
submit revised ballots through the process again.
The NCS helps architects, constructors and
operators coordinate efforts by classifying electronic design data consistently
and making information retrieval easier. It improves communication among owners
and project teams; cuts or eliminates costs of developing and maintaining
company-specific standards; and reduces the expense of transferring building
data from design applications to facility management applications. More than
5,000 architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) firms have voluntarily
adopted the NCS in their workplaces.
Published by the American Institute of Architects
(AIA), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and National Institute of
Building Sciences (NIBS), the NCS is based on three components from its
partnering organizations: NIBS’s Foreword, Administration and Plotting
Guidelines modules; AIA’s CAD Layer Guidelines module; and CSI’s
Uniform Drawing System modules. By combining these resources, the NCS
prescribes CAD layer names, drawing set organization, and drafting, notation and
plotting conventions. The development and distribution of the NCS is overseen by
the buildingSMART alliance™, a council of NIBS.
The Ballot Submission Period will run through
July 14. Read the NCS Project
Committee Announcement. But, don’t wait. Submit ballots early. Download the ballot
submission forms now.