A recent study by Aalto University recommends the large-scale implementation of GS1 standards for the construction industry
The conclusion of the study is that the industry does not need to develop new standards, but to purposefully adopt the existing GS1 standards. Consequently, the study recommends the large-scale implementation of global GS1 standards for the construction industry. They offer ready-made models for identification of things, goods, places, and people.
For all players in the construction industry to benefit from the standardization of information management in supply chains, implementation must be agreed upon jointly. The research group proposes to establish a steering group, which would include, for example, construction companies, product manufacturers and preferably experts from GS1. The steering group could continue to launch subgroups specific to products and supply chains.
When a sufficiently broad consensus is reached on the purpose and targets of using standards, supply chains can start implementing them independently, without heavy centralized coordination.
The study also presents the target state and the road map to get there. In the vision of 2025, all products in the industry have GTINs (Global Trade Item Number), and SSCCs (Serial Shipping Container Code) are used in all site deliveries. GTINs are linked to the project's information model and electronic messaging is commonplace.
With the actions described above, construction can get one step closer to an industrial operating model. The research offers good preparation for this necessary change, which will improve the industry's productivity, quality, and sustainability.
The report (in Finnish) is published at: https://www.aalto.fi/sites/g/files/flghsv161/files/2023-04/Toimitusketjujen-hallinta-loppuraportti-2023-03-28.pdf
Aalto University is Finland’s second largest university focusing on technology and business.
Following company partners of the Building 2030 research project of Aalto University's Department of Civil Engineering have been involved in the implementation of the research: A-Insinöörit, Flow Technologies, Haahtela, Skanska, YIT, Granlund, Amplit, Lujatalo, Parma, Pohjola Rakennus, Ramboll, Ramirent, SRV, Stark, Tocoman and Trimble.