Manufacturers must embrace digitization for the construction industry

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Manufacturers of construction products will need to start embracing digitization to support a safer and more sustainable construction industry, says a new guide released by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Regulation is coming after Grenfell and digital transparency will be key for manufacturers in the industry. The EIT’s Guide to Digitization for Building Product Manufacturers outlines a simple process for implementing internal digitization. It was produced to help decision makers in the manufacturing sector identify why providing structured data is important; how to avoid bad investment decisions; how to prioritize and implement information management; and secure ways to share this product information throughout the supply chain.

In an endorsement to guide and support the digitization of the sector, Dame Judith Hackitt, Government Advisor on the New Building Safety Regulator, said: “It will be a really positive contribution to help people understand what digitization means for construction products. . “

Rick Hartwig, Head of the Built Environment of IET, said: “As we embrace a digital future, this is pushing the manufacturing industry to act. Manufacturers produce a significant portion of the information required for a safer construction industry, but currently this information is not consistently structured or shared.

“If the UK construction industry is to meet the challenges of a digital future and meet the demands of a new building safety regulatory system, it needs manufacturers to structure and share their data in a secure and secure manner. sustainable.

“This new plain language guide will help the industry embrace digitalization. It is only through this digital transparency that industry and society can tell the difference between compliant and non-compliant manufacturers. Making structured information available to the supply chain is an essential step in this process.

The benefits presented in the report go beyond compliance to include business benefits such as increased revenue and margins, brand improvement, and a smoother sales pipeline through structured product data.

Recommendations were also made to the UK government, with Rick adding: ‘With a strong track record in digitization and its commitment to a digital economy, the UK government is uniquely positioned to take the lead in encouraging digitalization. manufacturers to digitize. “

The guide has already been well received by the industry. James Talman, CEO of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, said, “We welcome this guide because it will help companies navigate the plagued field of product data information and systems. Ultimately, this will help make data work effectively and efficiently for both providers and prescribers. We also support the central role that the guide attributes to professional associations in driving an open digital culture.

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