Feedback sought for Guide to Product Data for construction product manufacturers

The Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK BIM Alliance and Construction Products Europe are partners within the guide, which sets out why digital data is vital, and the way manufacturers can benefit by taking simple low-cost steps.

Feedback sought for Guide to Product Data for construction product manufacturers
Feedback sought for Guide to Product Data for construction product manufacturers

Feedback sought for Guide to Product Data for construction product manufacturers

Feedback from construction product manufacturers is being sought on plans to publish a ‘Plain Language Guide to Product Data for Manufacturers’ within the UK and Europe later this year.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK BIM Alliance and Construction Products Europe are partners within the guide, which sets out why digital data is vital, and the way manufacturers can benefit by taking simple low-cost steps.

With construction product data under the microscope following the Hackitt Review, Bim+ quoted Paul Surin, associate partner at IBM and a member of the project’s editorial team as saying that structured product data has many benefits.

By structuring data and taking advantage of the new standards, manufacturers can begin treating their information as an asset, monetizing their data, thereby saving considerably on marketing costs and reducing risks.

Patricia Massey, standards and regulations manager of electrical equipment supplier Electrium, explained that it is important for the industry to know where their products are. This is important for public safety, and it also protects manufacturers.

The new Building Safety Bill requires building owners to certify that their buildings are safe, which requires knowing what’s in them. Manufacturers will get to conform to the market need for standardized, traceable product information soon.

Blane Judd, chair of IET’s Built Environment Panel, said that one of their goals is to support the digitalization of the built environment sector. This still features a great distance to travel, and a far better understanding and management of product data will make a big contribution to the present journey.

Delivering built as designed buildings which will perform better and are safer are often a reality. He added that he is pleased to ascertain the culmination of tons of effort within the launch of the plain language guide. They are excited at the prospect of latest, fresh, open conversations on the subject of product data.

To provide feedback, construction product manufacturers should go to the website.