What is a Product Data Sheet (PDS)? 2017-03-23T08:15:55+00:00
 What is a PDS

What is a Product Data Sheet (PDS)?

When a manufacturer completes a Product Data Template (What is a PDT?) in an online BIM data software the created output is called a Product Data Sheet (PDS). A Product Data Sheet summarises the performance and other technical characteristics of each construction product, material or component according to specific regulatory, market or client-specific requirements that have been incorporated in the template’s mechanism. Normally, a product data sheet refers to a single product. However, if products differentiate by a few variables like colour or size, there is an option to enter a data range that will cover the whole family of products with otherwise similar characteristics.

PDS – the door to all software

coBuilder’s tool goBIM allows manufacturers to easily create PDSs for their construction products. As the PDS is the digital footprint of each product it can be used to represent the product in any system. goBIM allows data exports to a number of common data exchange formats such as IFC, COBie, as well as the widely-used PDF, Excel and different formats native to proprietary CAD software like Revit, ArchiCAD, Navisworks etc. This is a way for manufacturers to truly take advantage of the digitalisation of their data as they make it easier to use by any member of the construction supply chain. Starting from the architects who can specify products based on their actual characteristics, then moving to contractors who can easily hand the accurate as built information over and finally arriving at the ‘In use’ stages where FM’s and owners can easily manage their assets, the benefits of working with true data are numerous.

Your product’s passport

A PDS is like a product’s passport – it is traceable to the manufacturer and unique for the construction product. Through using PDSs the whole supply chain benefits from the most accurate, up-to-date manufacturer’s data, accordingly delivered by the most credible source. Moreover, having data as opposed to information allows for all sorts of automation. Due to the two-way integration between goBIM and coBuilder’s tool ProductXchange for instance contractors and their subs can automatically create an accurate database of all the products they have installed in a building. Moreover, they can check whether the installed products meet different requirements and then export an accurate as built information log of the whole construction project. When attached to the 3D model in the shared working environment (BIM level 2) this conglomerate of product information becomes an integral part of the whole virtual ‘double’ of the physical building onsite.

In summary, a PDS is the smallest building block of the non-graphical model of a building. It consists of everything anyone needs to know about a product and the data it holds can be used in all stages from inception to demolition.