Dusseldorf, 13. November 2018 - buildingSMART International (bSI) and ProMaterial, announce today the launch of an initiative to further develop the UniversalTypes language. UniversalTypes are designed to enable real-time sales of construction products and materials. UniversalTypes will facilitate online sales processes between manufacturers, distributors and purchasers.
„UniversalTypes will help streamline the accessibility of products for construction projects by making building and construction materials available at users’ fingertips. Such a direct user-facing initiative is new for buildingSMART International which further highlights the value and importance of our open solutions and services“, said Richard Petrie, CEO, buildingSMART International.
The UniversalTypes unique language is a specific use case domain of the buildingSMART Data Dictionary (bSDD) and will enhance existing languages based on the ISO12006-3 standard. bSI will initially publish the language as a publicly available bSI SPEC and in due course, standardize and maintain the language for the benefit of the industry. As a member of bSI, ProMaterial has been able to expedite the process of creating a universal language by following the bSI SPEC methodology.
buildingSMART will, in due course, invite the leading industry manufacturer of building and civil construction materials and associations for their engagement in defining all necessary UniversalTypes.
About buildingSMART International:
buildingSMART International is a vendor-neutral and not for profit body that leads the development of open digital information flows across the built asset economy. Its mission is to proactively support industry participants who want to develop open standards for planning, design, procurement, assembly and operation of buildings and infrastructure worldwide. It provides the international network plus the necessary technical and process support. Its members, who range from across the built environment spectrum, collaborate under the buildingSMART organization. buildingSMART is engaged with other international standards bodies such as ISO, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Its core Industry Foundation Class (IFC) standards achieved ISO approval in 2012. Further information is available on the Internet www.buildingsmart.org
ProMaterial is the new technology network specialized in the online distribution of construction products. The high-performance distribution solution enables manufacturers and distributors to present and efficiently sell construction materials and products with excellent data quality via various channels on the Internet. ProMaterial itself is a technology supplier and not a market participant. All groups of buyers find information about the products in the required form, in industry software solutions, online marketplaces, BIM or calculation systems or more simply via web shop. Professional customers and end users can more conveniently order a wider range of products. Under the auspices of buildingSMART International (bSI), ProMaterial is working with the industry to develop a new manufacturer-neutral description format for the properties of construction products. UniversalTypes, supported by many other software partners, are introduced in 21 country organizations of bSI.
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