UK: The UK BIM Alliance has launched a working group to help support construction product data to meet the challenges of product data use and management. The decision will encourage the industry to come together and will make the process of sharing product data more simple and standardized.
The announcement comes after Su Butcher, social strategist and UK BIM Alliance executive team member, and Alliance chair Anne Kemp, held a meeting with key stakeholders at the IET in London in January. The meeting identified the needs of clients and product manufacturers which could provide a way forward for sorting out what it calls ‘the thicket of product data’.
The working group will be led by Butcher and will help the industry in coming together to meet the challenges of product data use and management. Butcher trained as an architect and now works with product manufacturers. “This is a topic very close to my heart, as I see the difficulty both product manufacturers and architects currently have working with data,” she said.
“Many manufacturers are unwilling to invest any more time because they simply don’t feel there is an agreed framework and standards to work to. Many architects don’t feel they can access the right information in the right format, and clients and contractors have issues too. The aim of the Alliance is to move us along the journey to resolve those issues, and bring the whole industry with us.”
The Alliance has issued a report on their meeting with stakeholders which took place on 10 January. It can be accessed here: Download Report.
The report explains that the new working group will run a ‘briefing project’ over three months. Volunteers are sought who are willing to meet stakeholders and do the preliminary research. The outcome will be a briefing document and roadmap, setting out the current landscape and areas of need, for which the UK BIM Alliance may commission future projects or invite other stakeholders to carry out projects on its behalf. The document advises that volunteers should be ‘ready to get their hands dirty’.