Product Data Template
This page provides a brief introduction to the 'Product Data Template' (PDT).
There are short videos below that provide ….
- A brief intro to the PDTs (8 mins slideshow with commentary )
- How PDTs can feed the needs of COBie (4.5 mins slideshow with commentary )
- Simplicity and benefits of applying PDTs to feed the needs of the UK Government's Digital Plan of Work ( dPoW ) and meet the 2016 requirement for BIM (12 mins slideshow with commentary)
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.
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