Architectural ironmongers will soon benefit from 35 new BIM product data templates (PDTs) that will be launched this month by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI).
They are designed to help ironmongery and hardware manufacturers to create product data sheets (PDS) in an easy, structured manner.
Manufacturers can speedily complete product data sheets with ease, so the information is readily available to contractors and architects who need BIM information for architectural ironmongery when they require it.
Having the product data sheets available allows manufacturers to make in-depth information about their ironmongery hardware more accessible to architects, contractors and facilities managers during design, planning, construction and ongoing building maintenance.
Technical manager of the GAI, Douglas Masterson (above photo) commented: “This is one of the most important technical member benefits that we have provided to our GAI members since the creation of the Declaration of Performance (DoP) templates back in 2013.
“With BIM becoming increasingly mainstream, we recognise it is the right time to make the templates available to help our members meet the demand for this data.
“It’s a step in the right direction to help architectural ironmongers deliver product information to architects and all other stakeholders in a standardised way.”
The release of the templates will be divided into two phases; phase one being this month, whilst phase two will be launched by the middle of next year.
These will allow manufacturers to specify the suitability of their products for particular applications, including the use of essential ironmongery such as hinges, closing devices or locking devices on fire doors and escape doors. Each template comes with a detailed information sheet on its correct usage.
To guarantee trade associations keep in line to a common industry format, the GAI will also be working with the likes of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF), British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB).
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