New BIM Product Data Templates for GAI members

Guild members can now benefit from 35 new BIM product data templates (PDTs) launched this month.

The templates, created by the GAI, will help ironmongery and hardware manufacturers to create product data sheets (PDS) in a simple and structured manner.

Manufacturers can quickly and easily complete product data sheets so the information is available to architects and contractors who require BIM information for architectural ironmongery when they need it.

By having the product data sheets available manufacturers can make detailed information about their ironmongery hardware more accessible to architects, contractors and facilities managers during design, planning, construction and ongoing building maintenance.

Douglas Masterson, technical manager of the GAI said;

“This is one of the most important technical member benefits that we have provided to all of 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 split into two phases. Phase one has been released this month while phase two will be released by mid-2018.

The templates allow manufacturers to specify the suitability of their products for certain applications such as the use of essential ironmongery like hinges, closing devices or locking devices on fire doors and escape doors. Each template comes with a detailed information sheet on its correct usage.

The GAI will also be working with other trade associations such as the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF), British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) to ensure that they all adhere to a common industry format.

The templates for closing, hanging, exit and locking devices as well as door furniture, seals, signage, door systems and ancillary hardware are available on the members area of the GAI website.