The FBS association is an interest organization for specifying construction products. ZeeBoer is one of the founders of the association and is itself an extraordinary member. Sharing knowledge about tender specifications, BIM specifications and transaction data can be very interesting for you as a construction supplier. Unfortunately, in recent years FBS has had less and less focus on suppliers in the civil engineering sector. Although ZeeBoer is a reliable advisor to many of our manufacturers, we also encourage our customers to become members of FBS, because FBS offers an independent platform. More information about FBS can be found on the association website.
Where do you start as a manufacturer if you want to come in more often? How are you prescribed? ZeeBoer can help with this, because for more than 30 years we have been helping suppliers in the construction industry to distribute their product information, specification texts and BIM information.
Contact ZeeBoer and we will go through these questions with you. Without obligation of course.
At the moment, Digideal for the Built Environment is at the top of a to-do list at many manufacturers. But what can you do as a manufacturer or supplier in construction in the digital field? ZeeBoer believes digitization is the best step by step. Central management of information and sharing from one source is an example of this. We will respond to this in the coming period.
As a manufacturer, do you want to respond step by step to DigiGO? Then contact us to exchange knowledge.
Do you already have specification texts or FPS? A short checklist follows. Should you have questions? Please contact us.
Are your texts available in the correct STABU or RAW format?
Are your specifications up to date?
Are your specification texts resistant to faulty product combinations?
Do you offer choice support when composing a text?
Are you listed on Bouwspex.nl?
GPC, ETIM and DICO are standards with which partners in the construction process can communicate with each other. Three standards explained succinctly. Knowing more? Please contact us for additional information.
GPC (Global Product Classification)
Manufacturers can easily manage their DoP or CE declaration thanks to the Utopis® Platform from ZeeBoer. A Declaration of Performance, also called a DoP or CE declaration, is a European declaration by the manufacturer about the performance of a product. The producer must say something about the essential product characteristics.
For some products, few or no characteristics at all have been set by Europe. For some industries, however, keeping a DoP is a lot of work. Here the characteristics often change or there are just many things that you have to record for a product. At that time it is interesting to start managing from a central database. Certainly if you already maintain a database with product characteristics for specification services, website or documentation. In this way, managing DoPs becomes easier, faster, cheaper and error-free.
With an insulation value, the system plays a major role. The loose parts of a roof or wall affect the calculation. ZeeBoer has developed advisory tools for various insulation manufacturers that calculate an insulation value. The various components are linked to Utopis® Platform and easy to maintain.
Classify your products according to ETIM or DICO? ZeeBoer supports manufacturers in the construction industry. In our product information system Utopis® Platform, we have access to a ETIM tool with which you can manage your assortment. So if you want to distribute product information to your trade partners, ZeeBoer offers a good solution for this.
Utopis® Platform (UP) can connect to your own product data in ERP or PIM. Of course you can also use the other options that UP offers. Think of a specification service, up to date and on the fly product information, an advice tool or knowledge base.
Want to know more? Please contact us.
The retention of knowledge or human capital is a hot item. Like many other organizations, construction has to deal with aging. In addition, professionals often take a next step in their career. Save your solutions and products in a central database. Then start recording the general professional knowledge within your organization. Such a knowledge base then becomes a kind of next level business manual. Colleagues, dealers, but also end users can benefit from the knowledge that is present. ZeeBoer is happy to help you with this.
ZeeBoer works for suppliers in the areas of building construction, civil engineering and installation. Some of our customers are also active in the retail trade (do-it-yourself). In some industries we have many, sometimes even all major manufacturers in our portfolio. Examples include roofing, concrete elements, insulation, paint industry, synthetic adhesives and coatings, tile adhesives and mortars, asphalt reinforcement and exterior decoration.
An FPS or manufacturer product specification is of interest to building suppliers. An FPS is brief product information that can be included in a specification description. As a manufacturer, you have different options. As a supplier, you want to be named in a tender and the specification experts seek assistance from the manufacturer.
FPS over STABU
Stichting Ketenstandaard manages the STABU2 system but is also a commercial seller of FPS. This gives your product specifications a place in the software of the tendering expert. Disadvantage: You do not want the wrong product specification and therefore have to register a lot of FPS. The author of the specifications makes a selection from these many specifications.
You can also add product specifications to the software yourself at www.openspecificaties.com for free. Advantage: no subscription to STABU. Disadvantage: Many suppliers lack the time and knowledge to create good specifications and keep them up to date.
Specifications by ZeeBoer
ZeeBoer supports you in the creation of individual product specifications. You can then add it (or have it added) as FPS. However, we recommend creating a consultation tool that will help the author of the tender text to make a good selection. Also interesting is a combination of FPS and consulting tool. Advantage: better support. Disadvantage: One time investment and cost of updating the tool.
Would you like to know more? Contact us without obligation.
Marketing automation is a collective name for digital tools that make selling your solutions easier. Examples of marketing automation are a smart program to email customers. The internal marketing process is hereby automated. However, you can also digitize the acquisition or the advisory process. Consider a choice configurator, a smart calculation tool, digital catalog or BIM specification tool.
To answer the question: yes. Marketing automation is especially interesting for construction. Marketing automation starts with a centralized product information system or PIM. Utopis® Platform is a PIM that has been specially developed for construction.
NL/SfB is the Dutch variant of SfB. Yes, SfB is an old classification method. However, the Building Smart Data Dictionarry (BSDD) used in BIM is based on SfB. This makes the classification completely hip again. ZeeBoer likes to translate your solutions for a good connection to BIM.
ZeeBoer helps manufacturers to disseminate their product information and knowledge. We thus supplement existing marketing and advertising agencies. ZeeBoer adds specific construction knowledge to the business communication of our customers.
Because Utopis® Platform can do more than just produce specifications information and product sheets, ZeeBoer also provides the information on websites, in mobile apps or documentation. Advertising agencies can, for example, use our web services. This allows the manufacturer to manage his product information in one place. This is cost effective and prevents errors.
According to European legislation, governments are not allowed to just commit to a particular supplier. Neutral prescribing is usually mandatory in public works. However, there are exceptions to this rule.
As a manufacturer you can therefore be mentioned in the specifications on the basis of the above exceptions. Specifiers generally appreciate good support in putting together a correct tender specification. By the way, the European rules only apply to public works. The project owner does not have to adhere to this in a private project.
In the selection tools and specification services that ZeeBoer makes for its clients, the name of the manufacturer is stated by default. Naturally the specifier decides whether to include the name in his specification. Note: even if your name isn't in the specifications, you can distinguish yourself in the market. ZeeBoer can also be of service to manufacturers for these neutral specifications.
ZeeBoer is a co-initiator of Open Specifications Format (OSF). OSF is a file format for specifications. Think of product specifications, specifications and project specifications. Independent of the classification used.
Previously, a STABU specification was saved in SUF format. Today STABU uses OSF for its catalog and updates. In addition, KOMO has created a library based on OSF and ZeeBoer itself naturally also uses OSF for its specification texts.
Although BIM communicates via software that models, that does not mean that you as a manufacturer also have to offer 3D.
By linking to BIM data, you stay in control. The key lies in IFC, ETIM and Nl/SfB. How? Contact ZeeBoer for more information.
ZeeBoer supports product specifications in GAEB, C3A and NBS. We advise our customers on creating neutral, generic, product data. We therefore support every standard with this. In addition to the Dutch specification standards NL / SfB, RAW and STABU2, we could therefore also draw up specifications in C3A (Belgium), GAEB (Germany), ÖNORM (Austria) and NBS (Great Britain).
NBS is the abbreviation for National Building Specification and is the standard for building specifications in the United Kingdom. ZeeBoer supports its customers in creating neutral, generic, product data. We therefore support every standard with this. In addition to the Dutch specification standards NL/SfB, RAW and STABU2, we could therefore also draw up specifications in C3A (Belgium), GAEB (Germany), ÖNORM (Austria).
Whether or not coincidentally, the abbreviation NBS is also used by a "competitor" of STABU. The Dutch Cutlery System was founded by two former employees of STABU and wants to provide an alternative to STABU2. NBS has now included various manufacturers in a catalog. ZeeBoer can also specify in the NBS standard if you wish. For your market area, do you have the impression that specifications are written in NBS format? Then an NBS specification service is interesting.
Digideal for the Built Environment: making the renovation of the Netherlands affordable. Because we are facing major construction challenges in the Netherlands, the construction sector signed a letter of intent last year together with the Ministry of the Interior. Objective: achieve a digital coherence of construction projects. Consider the total life cycle of a building or infrastructure project.
ZeeBoer helps manufacturers make choices
We notice that many manufacturers are thinking about their role in DigiGO. However, we also hear that people no longer see the forest for the trees. ZeeBoer wants to highlight topics that manufacturers can work with.
As a manufacturer, do you want to respond step by step to DigiGO? Then contact us to exchange knowledge.
ZeeBoer has been doing business with BIT and CSN for years. Our servers are hosted by CSN and are located in the data center of BIT in Ede (Gld). The way in which your website or online tool is linked to the internet depends strongly on the data center. BIT is a specialist and works for many large parties in the Netherlands and the rest of the world. The BIT data center runs entirely on wind energy and is therefore CO2-neutral.
The Quality Assurance for Building Act guarantees the relationship between project developer, building consumer and contractor. This strengthens the position of the private and business building consumer. Due to the increasing complexity in construction, a revision of the current system of quality assurance is necessary.
In the law, the contractor is responsible for the final result that he produces. Suppliers of building materials are closely involved in the proper delivery of a building project as an important knowledge partner of the construction process.
By properly documenting and distributing your solution, the required materials and the processing thereof, you are responding to the law.
Utopis® Platform is a PIM. But also an MDM or DAM. I beg your pardon?
The common thread of the abbreviation above is that you only want to manage information in one place. This prevents errors and is cost effective. Utopis® Platform is specially designed for construction suppliers. Product information can be stored in UP, as well as references, dealers, systems and expertise. Another advantage: UP does not have to be the only solution. UP links up with existing software.
Bouwspex.nl is an online platform on which tender and construction specifications of building manufacturers and suppliers can be found quickly. ZeeBoer maintains the platform. A basic entry is added free of charge. Before 2019 the website was called Bestekservices.nl. ZeeBoer maintains Bouwspex on the basis of data from STABU and KOMO, specifications and BIM tools supplied by ZeeBoer and also third-party tools are added. Visit Bouwspex.nl.
STABU and RAW are contract forms for construction. STABU and RAW are both a specification system. STABU is a standard that is used specifically for residential construction and B&U. RAW is a standard for ground, road and hydraulic engineering (GWW). Recording agreements is important. Also in a BIM process. STABU and RAW are increasingly being combined with BIM.
The manufacturer is a knowledge partner for construction. It is interesting for suppliers to work out solutions for inclusion in STABU or RAW. ZeeBoer can support you with this. More information about developing tender information as a manufacturer.
STABU is the independent organization that standardizes and manages building specifications for the Dutch building process. Bouwbreed (Dutch for construction wide) has been developed to participate in the BIM process. However, this new system was insufficiently taken over by users and suppliers.
STABU has been working with ZeeBoer since 2018 to establish a good link with the BIM model. SfB plays an important role here.
Curious as to what ZeeBoer can do for you as a manufacturer or supplier in the construction sector? ZeeBoer helps more than 100 manufacturers with the distribution of product information, specifications, specification texts and BIM data.
During an introductory meeting we discuss, without obligation of course, the solutions that you offer for construction. In what way do you now distribute product information? Does a prescriber, architect, specifications writer or BIM modeller know where to find you?
PIM stands for product information management system. ZeeBoer helps manufacturers to create tools that configure a good solution for construction. UP (Utopis® Platform) forms the basis for this.
Products play an important role within a system solution. The product data in UP is not only interesting for a good building specification. Documentation, product sheets and DoPs also use product information from UP.
Many people think that STABU and ZeeBoer are competitors. That in itself is understandable, because Stichting Ketenstandaard, the organization that manages the STABU standard, has two focus areas.
In ZeeBoer's opinion, the maintenance of standards such as STABU2, ETIM and Sales is the core business of Ketenstandaard (Dutch for Chain Standardization). Just like other construction partners, ZeeBoer uses these standards. The right to exist of Ketenstandaard and STABU is therefore evident to us.
However, Ketenstandaard also advises manufacturers on specifications. Something she has in common with ZeeBoer and other commercial parties. Manufacturers have to deal with many standards, each of which requires a financial contribution and effort. After all, non-profit parties also have a revenue model. Although Ketenstandaard therefore acts as both the keeper of the STABU standard and its operator, ZeeBoer believes that manufacturers can make sufficient choices when distributing their product data.
If you want to know more about the different interests, standards and parties in the construction industry, we will gladly explain our vision to you without obligation! Make an appointment with us quickly.
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