As-Built Data from the Supply Chain
coBuilder collects data in two distinct ways – Prior and During the construction process.
Collect data from the most credible source
The prior construction data collection is achieved via the goBIM platform. Manufacturers use Product Data Templates (PDT) to input their product information and output it in an interoperable digital format. The product data you require for your project can then be automatically delivered to your project in ProductXchange. All you need to do is type the product name/ other identifier or choose product type in the goBIM search, and then select the actual product you require.
Work through best practice
Standardization is an integral part of goBIM’s Product Data Templates, as they are based on CEN, CENELEC, ISO, IFC, COBie, national and market standards, as well as industry-led initiatives such as LEXiCON in the UK. This allows manufacturers to produce consistent data outputs suited for different use cases so that the supply chain can receive exactly what is required within the correct international, national and organizational context.
Collaborate with the manufacturer
ProductXchange provides you with a system email feature that you can use to communicate with the manufacturer of the product.
In that way you can easily collaborate with your suppliers regarding any missing information or documents that you wish to collect in ProductXchange.
A product’s digital passport
Once a PDT is complete by the manufacturer it becomes a Product Data Sheet. A Product Data Sheet is described as a digital passport because it summaries ALL THE REQUIRED INFORMATION about each construction product, material or component. By viewing each product’s PDS in goBIM you can easily find what you are looking for in one digital platform. The PDS is fully interoperable and you can not only view it but also export it as machine-readable data. All documents connected to a PDS can also be accessed at any point.
Aid to the subcontractor
If the data is unavailable in goBIM, the subcontractor takes advantage of a built-in structured PDT that they can use to fill in all required data. The produced output is a project-specific product. Such products become part of the user’s personal database and can be reused on other projects. However this entails some associated risks.
As these products do not come directly from the manufacturer, they might not be up-to-date at all times. Information Managers are responsible for maintaining these digital products with the latest data and documents.Recommendation: coBuilder suggest that the manufacturer or importer of such product be invited to join goBIM and provide the associated benefits to their own business and to the whole supply chain.
The Importance of Manufacturer’s data
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a process of digitalization in the construction industry. The word ‘Information’ is central here. Manufacturers’ information in the form of digital data is essential for streamlining the construction process, which, in effect, is the main purpose of BIM. Starting off with clear data requirements set out by the client the data-driven BIM process requires data digitalization by all means.
Once digitized, the manufacturer’s data should inform the initial design stages and ensure that buildings are designed with clients’ requirements in mind and within the existing product’s capabilities. Having manufacturer’s data at hand has undeniable value at the procurement stage where contractors and their subs can easily purchase products according to the technical specifications.
Furthermore, at the construction stage when the information has been validated and verified, manufacturer’s data along with documents such as warranties, assembly instructions and Declarations of Performance etc., becomes part of the as-built information model to be used in the operation stage up until the end of the asset’s life cycle.
The key actors at all these stages are mutually responsible for creating the Building Information Model – much like the DNA of a building – it ensures all the knowledge to define a building is collected, shared and used by all stake holders.
How do we digitise the DNA of each building?
Learn about the fastest and easiest way for manufacturers
to join you in your digital data journey!
- Gain automatic access to detailed product data and documentation, structured by coBuilder and updated by the manufacturer.
- Optimize your project cost collecting information about the installed products in a single data repository.
- View and control all collected data and documentation in a structured user-friendly interface.
- Retain control over your project by collecting product data from all subcontractors, every step of the way.
- Reuse project-specific or custom product data inputs on all of your projects.
- Prepare accurate handover documentation, by collecting as-built information.