Data Templates—Product Information Management Across Project Life-Cycle

Part of the Building Pathology and Rehabilitation book series (BUILDING, volume 11)


The built environment is composed by entities, elements and products. Construction products cut cross all stages from design to end use. Product information is used by all agents involved on the value chain but according with different needs and purposes. Digitalization is the driver for construction 4.0 and yet, information management has been less present on industry discussions. This paper explores the role and singularities of the construction process in terms of product information management and outcomes. The characterization of each agent common practices in terms of information needs, the identification of mismatches and conflicts is highlighted as a waste and contribution to fail sustainability targets. To deal with all these problems, information structures are required to foster mutual understanding and efficiency. Data templates are core for this purpose. The paper explores these structures as the enablers towards an effective digitalization of the construction process, as well as promoters of circular economy and sustainability at product level with impacts at built objects level.


Construction 4.0 Data templates Digitalization of the construction process Circular economy Sustainability 



The authors would like to thank CoBuilder for the access to the GoBIM tool and to the CEO Lars Fredenlund and its team for the meetings that allowed this work to be more practical.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EngineeringConstruct/Gequaltec, Instituto da Construção, Porto UniversityPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringNTNUTrondheimNorway

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