Use case: the Power of QR codes, the GTIN, and GS1 Digital Link
A compelling use case demonstrated the remarkable potential of QR codes, the GTIN identifier, and the GS1 Digital Link. By scanning a QR code on a construction object, various stakeholders can access pertinent information. The information revealed depends on the user’s access rights. For example, scanning with a smartphone redirects to the manufacturer’s product webpage providing basic information such as fitting instructions or certificates, while using a specific 3rd party application grants access to environmental data sourced from the Environmental Product Declaration, such as the product’s Global Warming Potential (GWP) or to the maintenance record of that specific product instance.
The key to making relevant information available to all stakeholders is the use of the GTIN. This unique product identifier developed according to a global identification standard (ISO 15459) enables users to simply scan a QR code and get quick access to a pool of valuable product information.
The presented use case demonstrated the practical application of the Digital Product Passport and the potential of adopting global identification standards that enable access to a comprehensive data repository through a simple scan of a QR code.
Key takeaway: Leveraging the GTIN as a digital link allows seamless access to the right product information for relevant construction actors.
Audience scanning the QR codes, courtesy of bSI
Digital Product Passports: a living document
The audience also gained insight into the difference between static and dynamic information in Digital Product Passports (DPP).
Static information is provided by the manufacturer, encompassing details, such as data on raw materials, components, classifications, and certifications.
DPPs will also have a dynamic component that evolves as the product is purchased, installed, and maintained. The Digital Product Passport will function much like a medical “health chart,” keeping a record of a product’s operational history, maintenance, and environmental impact.
Similar to a medical health chart, the DPP is a living document, continually enriched with new information, aiding stakeholders in making informed decisions throughout a project lifecycle.
Key takeaway: Digital Product Passports are akin to a medical “health chart” for construction products, offering continually updated information during the life-cycle of a project to support decision-makers.
On the stage: Lars Chr. Fredenlund
Cobuilder and Define Data Dictionary
Cobuilder’s commitment to structured and standardised data was met with enthusiastic acceptance during the bSI summit.
The industry has reached a level of maturity where the importance of efficient data management is recognised.
More and more construction organisations realise the benefits of using a common digital language that is based on standardised data dictionaries such as the Define Data Dictionary. This approach not only helps them to “speak” the same digital language but also improves operational efficiency and accelerates the transition to net zero.
In summary, the buildingSMART International Summit 2023 provided valuable insights into the evolving landscape of the construction industry, emphasising the urgency of digitalisation, the significance of sustainable practices, and the power of standardisation and structured data. Cobuilder received recognition for its role in providing a practical approach to digital transformation based on the application of international standards for managing construction data as a way of achieving free information flow and synergy across the construction value chain.
Read more about the buildingSMART International Standards Summit in Lillestrøm at the official BSI website.