KIRA-digi project of ETIM data is making progress: Piloting to be started by Granlund


Kymdata has led the project “Utilising the ETIM standard-compliant technical data in the electrical design process”, which has been one of the Finnish Ministry of the Environment’s KIRA-digi project procurements. The project partners have been Granlund Oy, Sähköteknisen Kaupan liitto (The Finnish Electrotechnical Trade Association (SKT)) /STK Tietopalvelut Oy, Sähkö- ja teleurakoitsijaliitto STUL ry (The Electrical Contractors´ Association of Finland STUL ry), NSS Sähkösuunnittelijat ry and Senaatti-kiinteistöt (Senate real estates). The KIRA-digi project itself ended on 31 December 2018 but the project working group will continue the project also in 2019.

The project is a continuation of the previous KIRA-digi project led by the STK, which identified the major product data of the electricity industry, contained in the ETIM standard.

Tools for ETIM data handling and integration with the Sähkö (electrical number) service
During the project period, functions to support ETIM standard-compliant technical data have been developed in the CADS Electric Pro design system, and integration with Sähkö service has been created. CADS Electric obtains ETIM data from the Sähkö service to the product, which are recorded as additional information of the particular component/product model. This data is naturally extractable in order to be included in reports and are similarly also transferred to the IFC data model, for example. CADS Electric also took into account the definitions formulated in the previous project, denoting the data that are in compliance with the definition in question.

During the project, the project working group created an operating model of the entirety what the utilisation of the ETIM data in the entire construction project would mean.

Piloting to be started within the Koy Raitinkartano project

The piloting activities of utilisation of ETIM data of CADS Electric and Sähkö will be launched by the design group of Granlund Oy within the Koy Raitinkartano project under construction in the district of Tapiola in Espoo, Finland. The main goal of the pilot project is to gain user experience of ETIM properties from designers while also piloting the utilisation of ETIM data in the product approval phase, for example.

Koy Raitinkartano will be realized as an alliance network model project and Aro Systems Oy, a customer of CADS Electric, will be in charge of the electrical engineering contract work in the project.

Finland to become a model country for product data logistics

“Correct, sufficient and standard-compliant product data provide enormous opportunities for the entire sector,” acknowledges Tarja Hailikari, Managing Director SKT. “We at STK wish to foster data modelling with product data in the construction industry and the use of product data models in building maintenance. Now Kymdata is the first in this sector to offer electrical designers the opportunity to utilise the technical product data right in the program by means of CADS Electric software. This is a significant step in our goal to make Finland a model country for product data logistics,” Hailikari continues.

Beneficial for all parties

From the client’s point of view, standardised product data make the contract procurements more effective, notes Alexandre Zaitsev, the manager of the STUL ry Association. “By means of product data, machine readability improves and the cost of contract calculation is lower, which can also be seen in contracting offers. In public procurements, products are defined by technical features that comply with the ETIM standard, so that the manufacturer’s name does not have to be mentioned. The comparison of contract offers will be more straightforward if the technical specifications that the products offered need to comply with are clearly stated already in the invitation to tender,” Zaitsev continues.

It is easy to compare alternative products that comply with requirements during the construction phase. This improves collaboration between the contracting authority and the contractor and saves time. ETIM compliant technical properties need to be included in the invitations to tender and contracts, so that they can be used in the design, construction and maintenance of buildings, Zaitsev admits.