Within the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries, CEI-Bois, some member states are dealing intensively with the topic of digitisation. At the end of 2020, those members signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a joint initiative, called TIMBIM, that supports the continuous knowledge-sharing and collaboration between the participating member states. As a result, this initiative within the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries has now started its first pilot project to create a data-driven BIM platform.
The new pilot project aims to help manufacturers digitise their data and make it available in a machine-readable and standardised format. As part of the project, CEI-Bois entered into a partnership with Cobuilder to develop a common data dictionary and common data templates. The data templates are based on relevant harmonised product and test standards that are applied across all European countries. These standard-based data structures can be used to create and deliver both generic and specific product information.