Standard-based Data Modelling Solution

For the Construction Industry

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Cobuilder Define

Standard-based data modelling solution for the construction industry

In order to break away from poor information management practices, data silos and analogue processes, the infrastructure and construction industries need robust data strategies based on the standards already available today. All market actors need support in standardising their data management practices and defining what data they need to exchange in order to meet the increasing demand for data throughout the value chain.

This is why, within the center of its platform Cobuilder offers a solution to help organizations to make a crucial step toward the practical execution of their digital transformation strategy. This step is achieved through the implementation of future-proof data structures called Data Templates within their existing IT infrastructure.

Cobuilder Define is offered separately to organisations looking at data standardization through data templates for their internal data management practices. It is also offered as part of all Cobuilder Enterprise solutions specially catered to manufacturers’, contractors’ & clients’ needs.

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Data Templates according to standards

With Cobuilder Define you take advantage of the methodology to describe, author and maintain properties in interconnected dictionaries according to prEN ISO 23386. Structure them in data templates according to prEN ISO 23387.

  • 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 data dictionary structure
  • Create a common context for members/stakeholders
  • Distribute agreed Data Templates to members/stakeholders

Integration with existing IT infrastructure

Your newly developed data model should become a central part of your IT infrastructure. This means that various software that provides value based on product information and digital assets should use Cobuilder Define as a system of reference.

  • Use API services to allow external stakeholders to allow external stakeholders to communicate and use your data
  • Ensure automated data exchange with all stakeholders in a construction project
  • Avoid data replication between different local data providers
  • Provide a centralised platform to be used by the industry

Data Structure Governance

Constant control and quality assurance is required to ensure that the data templates  you invest in and develop meet the needs of the whole data journey and the widest industry. A sound data templates governance program is paramount for your digitisation efforts.

  • Entrust data quality to knowledgeable domain experts
  • Create content based on credible sources such as building regulations and standards
  • Monitor changes and track activity
  • Ensure high data quality standards are maintained
  • Lead your industry into the digital era

Data Consulting Service

A common data strategy should not come as an unwanted outside influence. It should be based on clearly communicated goals and real user needs. After all, all software in Industry 4.0 will require product data and competitive businesses will immensely benefit from a common approach.

  • Analyze the current data models used among members/industry actors
  • Gather structured insights into the needs of current and future data consumers
  • Consult in the development of Data Templates
  • Communicate data modelling benefits to all affected parties
  • Devise staged implementation plans.

OFFERING

Cobuilder offers different solutions that cater to specific organisational needs.
Cobuilder Define lies at the core of Cobuilder’s platform and therefore is part of all Enterprise product offerings.
Please, contact a Cobuilder representative to discuss your particular needs in detail.

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