Product Data Template

This page provides a brief introduction to the 'Product Data Template' (PDT).

See here for simple answers to FAQs (frequently asked questions)

There are short videos below that provide ….

CIBSE have published further fully reviewed PDTs on CIBSE's site and may also be seen here on BIMTalk (a short cut web link is

The current (developing) list of Proposed PDTs that are envisaged for development is held by CIBSE.

A more detailed coverage of the PDTs may be seen here together with their terms of use.

Want to get involved in developing the PDTs for your product area? See Developing PDTs

A PDT is a standard ‘questionnaire’ for each equipment type. Each PDT aims to anticipate the information sought by every party – from specification through operations to decommissioning and replacement. The data produced just once for a manufacturer's product will feed many needs - consultant … contractor … CoBIE …. commissioning …. building operator and will provide a standardised detail that is required to meet the standards set by such things as the developing ISO 16757.

PDTs are written in Excel format and are usable with all BIM platforms ‐ so manufacturers do not need to grapple with multiple versions of Level 2 BIM to join the game.

When a manufacturer completes a PDT it becomes a PRODUCT DATA SHEET (PDS) – a ‘digital’ description of the product. Subject to respecting the terms of use of the PDT, the manufacturer owns the PDS and is free to use it on its website and in any library it chooses. The manufacturer remains responsible for the accuracy and completeness of its data on the PDS, in the normal way.

The standard format of the PDS enables its users to automate their data operations ‐ so each is able to abstract only the information it wants. And answering ‘graduated’ questions posed at different project stages can be done by computers, not people. PDSs should also simplify life for sales & technical teams – by obviating ‘bespoke’ questionnaires used across the industry and avoiding many supplementary queries.

How the PDTs and PDSs can ease the application of product data in BIM and meet the needs of the Digital Plan of Work

An explanation of how the PDTs can readily be used to produce product information for use in BIM is given in this concise 8 minute video presentation

How the PDTs can swiftly provide information to feed into COBie

How PDTs ease the application of real products into the UK Government's Digital Plan of Work to help meet the requirement for BIM by 2016 and into the future

How the concept of PDTs fits in with the cycle of building development