As Building Information Modelling (BIM) becomes more relevant in the glass and glazing industry, the GGF Technical team is in collaboration with other industry experts to develop BIM Product Data Templates (PDTs). The GGF has joined a working sub-group of the BIM Fenestration Relevant Authority (which includes trade bodies such as Guild of Architectural Ironmongers and British Woodworking Federation) to create templates that will make it easier for GGF Members to create their own Product Data Documentation for inclusion in the BIM systems. BIM is the digitalization of physical and functional characteristics of building products, components, materials and systems and is a shared knowledge resource for information that is increasingly being used by architects, building managers, specifiers and contractors.
GAI continue to be at the forefront of the provision of BIM product Data Templates for the wider construction industry. GAI Technical Manager Douglas Masterson, who is also Chairman of BIM Fenestration Relevant Authority has recently overseen the creation of a brand new doorset PDT, through a working group co-chaired with Kevin Underwood of BWF which is available in the technical section of the GAI website.
In the next project for the Relevant Authority, GAI and the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) have agreed to work together to create a series of PDTs for window hardware
Kevin Jones, Technical Officer of GGF said “Like the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF), Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) is a long established, well respected and leading trade organisation within our sector. Therefore, we welcome the opportunity to work alongside the GAI in the creation of the GGF BIM (Building Information Modelling) Product Data Templates so that we can offer our Members the very best resources to help them with their business. We look forward to the possibility of future collaborations.”
Douglas Masterson also welcomes this opportunity to work with GGF and said “working together with GGF on areas of mutual concern such as BIM PDTs makes so much sense. As a wider panel of industry experts we can utilise the many years of experience and expertise we both have access to and do something which our combined industries can use and be proud of for many years to come.”
GAI continue to develop their own range of PDTs for hardware, through the ongoing work with the French trade association UNIQ, which will enhance the existing library by ensuring these are in alignment with the ISO 23386 BIM data dictionary standard.
The GGF Technical department will provide updates and status on the BIM Product Data Templates on the GGF Technical Hub. Members will be notified of further developments in due course.