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NCS Revision Cycle to Begin May 20

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The 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.

Read the NCS Project Committee Announcement.

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