IET urges construction manufacturers to digitise information

by Samiyah Mokaddus
digitalising manufacturers

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has urged construction manufacturers to digitise their information.

IET made the call in its newly launched report, Digitisation for construction product manufacturers: a plain language guide, which highlights a number of ways in which manufacturers can execute the digital transformation of their information.

The guide has been produced to help decision-makers in manufacturing identify why supplying structured data is important, how to avoid poor investment decisions, how to set priorities and implement information management, and safe ways to share this information about products across the supply chain.

Rick Hartwig, IET built environment lead, said: “As we embrace a digital future, it’s putting pressure on the manufacturing industry to act.

“Manufacturers produce a significant part of the information required for a safer construction industry, but currently, this information isn’t structured or shared in a consistent way.

“If the UK construction industry is to meet the challenges of a digital future and respond to the requirements of a new building safety regulatory system, it needs manufacturers to structure and share their data safely and sustainably.

“If the UK construction industry is to meet the challenges of a digital future and respond to the requirements of a new building safety regulatory system, it needs manufacturers to structure and share their data safely and sustainably.

“This new plain language guide will help the industry embrace digitisation. 

“It is only through this digital transparency that industry and society can differentiate between compliant and non-compliant manufacturers.

“Making structured information available to the supply chain is an essential step in this process.”

Endorsing the guide, Dame Judith Hackitt, government adviser to the new Building Safety Regulator, said: “It will be a really positive contribution in helping people to understand what digitalisation means for construction products.”

The IET also made recommendations to the government.

Hartwig added: “With a strong record of digitisation and the commitment to a digital economy, the UK government is in an ideal position to take the lead in encouraging manufacturers to digitise.”

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