Digitisation for Construction Product Manufacturers

A Plain Language Guide

Webinar Details

Date: 17 November 2021
Location: Online
Time: 12:00 – 13:00

The sector is painfully aware of the lack of reliable information and the effect it has on the bottom line. A major part of the solution will be for manufacturers’ product information to be digitised and structured so it can pass through the supply chain safely and accurately.

A new plain language guide has been published which aims to help manufacturers prepare for the data needs of the supply chain and asset owners. This independent, impartial guide has been produced by the Built Environment Panel of the Institute for Engineering and Technology.

Su Butcher from the Editorial Board will introduce the guide, discuss the importance of digitisation and show how manufacturers can be empowered to take control of their data asset. The four-person editorial board will then join a discussion with FIS CEO Iain McIlwee about what the guide means for manufacturers and the wider finishes and interiors sector.

  Guest speakers

Rick Hartwig

Built Environment Lead, The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Rick is the built environment lead at the IET, a charitable engineering institution with over 158,000 members in 150 countries, and is responsible for thought leadership and policy. He first learnt of the importance of product data whilst coordinating an EU funded FP7 project CILECCTA, which developed a life cycle cost plus analysis tool. It worked in part as marketing product data was readily available. The challenge was environmental data, it was not available.

Patricia Massey

Digital and Technology Manager, BEAMA

Patricia is digital and technology manager at BEAMA, the UK trade association for manufacturers and providers of energy infrastructure technologies and systems. She contributes to many areas of guidance, directive and standards development including the new data ISOs and standards relating to product testing, export, data, digital transformation and environmental challenges. She is a B/555 and CEN/TC442/WG4 member and a proud UK BIM Alliance Ambassador.

Su Butcher

Director, Just Practising Limited

Su trained as an architect and managed three successful architects’ practices during the ’90s. She then set up her consultancy in 2011 and supports product manufacturers and trade associations to improve their online communications and implement digital strategies. Su chaired the UK BIM Alliance Product Data Working Group and is the programme manager for BIM for Housing Associations, an initiative to help clients articulate their information requirements effectively.

Paul Surin

Global Lead Built Environment & Engineering, Construction operations, IBM

Paul is a proactive and results driven digital disruptor in the construction industry with an exemplary track record working for manufacturers and tech companies alike. Currently global built environment lead at IBM, he also chairs the Construction Products Europe Digitalisation and BIM Task Group and has served as BSi expert (B/555 and IOT/001) at various CEN and ISO standardisation works. Paul is also a proud member of the IET Built Environment Panel and a chartered engineer.