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NCS Revision Cycle Open

Wednesday, June 12, 2013  
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Submit 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.

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