New BIM templates

Architectural ironmongers will benefit from 35 new BIM product data templates (PDTs) launched this month.

The templates, released by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (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 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 templates allow manufacturers to specify the suitability of their products for certain applications such as 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.