NCS Revision Cycle to Begin May 20
Friday, May 10, 2013
committee responsible for overseeing development of the nation’s leading
computer-aided design (CAD) standard is beginning the cycle for the next
edition. The Steering Committee for the United
States National CAD Standard® (NCS) will open the
next revision cycle May 20, 2013.
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.
The NCS revision cycle is the method by
which additions and changes to the NCS are proposed, debated and ultimately
voted upon to amend the current version of the NCS. Each revision cycle
actively engages the NCS Project Committee in a process designed to keep the
NCS current and responsive to industry needs. This revision cycle will solicit
proposals to amend NCS Version 5 (V5), leading to the creation of the next
version, NCS Version 6 (V6).
Current users of the NCS are most
familiar with the standard and can provide valuable input to improve the next
edition. That is why users must own NCS V5 and be a member of the NCS Project
Committee to propose changes and participate in the NCS V6 development process.
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.
Any member of the NCS Project Committee
can propose a change or addition to the NCS. The NCS Rules of Governance
describe the methods for submitting and voting on proposed amendments.
The Ballot Submission Period that opens
May 20 is scheduled to run through July 14. The voting period will begin on
October 16 and close November 11, 2013. The new edition of the standard is
expected in the middle of 2014.
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