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Add a layer of standard-based data modelling to your software solution without reinventing the wheel

Through our Commercial APIs Platform we allow software vendors to expand their core value proposition by transferring the complexity of understanding and implementing relevant construction industry data management standards (also known as BIM standards) to us. We offer you support in implementing common machine-readable language (data dictionary solution), commonly agreed and repeatable information deliverables (data requirements solution) & building elements that are enriched and shared throughout the construction project (construction products repository solution).

Structured data allows experts to translate information into knowledge at every stage of the construction process. The principle of Cobuilder’s Commercial API platform is based on the development and use of Data Templates –  digital data structures created to enable the efficient use of construction products & elements data by different actors in a standardised way. Data Templates and their building blocks can be used as logical models for any construction data software – from 3D object libraries, PIM and CDEs to BIM authoring tools. If construction data creates added value for your business, we can help you bring in the latest standards for data management in construction to the table and provide truly interoperable outputs.

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Common language through a data dictionary

With Cobuilder Define API you can integrate standard-based data models, called Data Templates, as part of your product offering to enable your clients to capture and exchange high-quality, interoperable construction object data. Take advantage of the Data Templates developed by Cobuilder or create your own templates in Cobuilder’s data dictionary Define by implementing the latest data management standards in construction.

  • Identify the product data needed in all phases of the information value chain for what you define as a ‘product’
  • Identify data components and the relationships between them (property, attribute, group of properties, template)
  • Define them in a standard-based data dictionary structure
  • Implement a strict data government process to ensure data quality
  • Create shared or private data usage contexts
  • Distribute agreed Data Templates

Manage Building Elements in a Standardised Product Catalogue

Cobuilder goBIM API allows you to create a single source data repository following all the rules and requirements for a common machine-readable language. Enable easier data transformation across functionality dependencies, third-party integrations and foolproof data exports by taking advantage of repeatable data models agreed by the industry.

  • Ready to implement standard-based data structures
  • Capture construction object data according to regulatory requirements defined by product and industry standards
  • Enable free information flow of trusted, future-proof construction data across platforms and tools.

Distribute standardised, fit-for-purpose as-built data

Take advantage of the Cobuilder Collaborate API to integrate as-built data into CDEs, FM tools or any other system relying on trusted and accurate as-built data. Cobuilder’s asset management solution Collaborate enables employers and contractors to create and distribute AIR and EIR and collect digital construction object data from the supply chain that can be automatically delivered into any system or tool through the Collaborate API.

  • Enable clients to take advantage of accurate and trusted as-built data as part of your digital solution
  • Integrate all FM data and documentation collected through Cobuilder’s asset management solution Collaborate into your FM tool

Automatic product data delivery to customers upon purchasing construction products

Take advantage of the Cobuilder Connect API to enable merchants and manufacturers who use your ERP solution to automatically deliver product data and documentation to their customers.

  • Enable your clients to automate product data delivery
  • Product data and documentation is automatically delivered to digital projects in Cobuilder Collaborate to thousands of contractors and employers.
  • Actors who are not users of Cobuilder’s platform can receive the automated product data delivery in Cobuilder Free.

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Your Guide to Standardising Construction Data for Digital Use

5 Questions about DTs

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