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Cobuilder Link

The software solution enabling each construction stakeholder to get the right data at the right time

Construction projects of all sizes and levels of complexity, require different stakeholders to provide different data, at different stages to satisfy different needs. Collaboration between all participants is pivotal to the efficient planning, delivery, and operation of facilities. A major hindrance to this is the inability to communicate effectively, re-use and share data freely – without loss, contradiction, or misinterpretation.

To support the construction industry in solving these long-standing issues, Cobuilder Link is designed as a multi-role software platform that enables different stakeholders to create and distribute standard-based exchange information requirements in a way that is common​​, comparable​​ and interoperable. It offers an unambiguous way to communicate responsibilities throughout all project stages.

Through Cobuilder Link, different construction industry organisations, governments, and associations, can customise data templates according to the needed data deliverables and distribute information requirements per purpose (why), milestone (when) and role (who/whom). This way, all parties are timely and accurately informed of what data is needed, what it will be used for, who has to deliver it and when – in line with the “Level of Information Need” framework. ​This approach enables construction industry actors to benefit from repeatability in different types of projects, predictability in their planning, and seamless collaboration. Allowing for API and system integrations, Cobuilder Link ensures free information flow between all participants and the different software that they use.

The information requirements created in Cobuilder Link are based on data templates developed in the data dictionary Define. Those data templates are based on recent standardisation work and provide an agreed and trusted approach to structuring and distributing different types of construction data. The data templates provide the industry with a common, consistent and reliable digital language during the entire information exchange in the course of a project lifecycle.

USE CASES

For Governments, Authorities and Associations: ensure compliance with laws, regulations and industry standards

By using Cobuilder Link and industry-agreed data templates, governments, authorities and associations, can set Exchange Information Requirements (EIRs) to provide guidelines, improve public procurement and certification procedures.

  • Improve tendering processes by implementing the “Level of Information need” framework and set exchange information requirements (who has to deliver what, when and why).
  • As a regulator, request strict information provision to facilitate the processing of building permits and other legal documents.
  • Advise members on how to provide and request information, support digital transformation, efficiency and collaboration within the supply chain.
  • Develop a clear strategy to improve information management as part of your efforts to support the implementation of the European Green deal.

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Your Guide to Standardising Construction Data for Digital Use

5 Questions about DTs

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