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Construction tech classification model introduced

The ETIM model will help save costs in design and project delivery times thanks to its consistent approach, AiGroup says

A new technology classification model launched in Australia by employer association AiGroup will help construction industry workers better match products to tasks.

Known as ETIM, the international classification model provides a structure for standardised technical product data exchange – clearly showing the technical attributes of a product.

The ETIM model has been implemented in Australia and New Zealand following its adoption in over 20 countries where it has been translated into several languages across varying global markets.

AiGroup says ETIM will provide a series of benefits for the Australian and New Zealand construction industry – including cost savings in design and construction delivery times and processes.

Chief executive Innes Willox says it will also help bring about more sophisticated supply chain management practices.

“Ai Group provides solution-driven advice to address business opportunities and risks and introducing the ETIM model for business in both Australia and New Zealand is part of what we do to support industries, especially competing in global markets and supporting industry supply chains,” Willox says.

“A number of major local and international manufacturers and distributors have agreed to support the introduction of the ETIM model for Australia and New Zealand, and it is refreshing to see industry leading companies cooperating to advance the success and sustainability of their industry sector.”

Andrew Bau from industrial technology company Siemens and Stephanie Edwards from NHP Electrical Engineering Products have been appointed as co-chairs of the ETIM Australia and New Zealand advisory board. The pair will represent the electrotechnology sector.

Initially, ETIM will be implemented for the electrotechnology sector followed by plumbing, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning sectors, followed then by general building products.

A full list of the ETIM Chapter founding members can be found on the ETIM Australia and New Zealand website

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