Specification based on Data Templates

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Cobuilder Specify

Standard-based data modelling solution for specifying performance

Structured data allows experts to translate information into knowledge at every stage of the specification process. A standardised structure of a specification and the unambiguous use of concepts related to the functional, performance or technical characteristics of construction elements are paramount in the process of creating knowledge through digital means.

When you are working on a design there is always a question, which needs an answer. If the structure of the question does not match the structure of the answer, how can you check if the question is valid? How can you verify if the performance declared is the one that you have requested?

The principle of Cobuilder Specify 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.

As part of the iterative specification process, different actors on the project need to provide different data describing the performance of different construction products or elements to be installed, at different project stages and at different levels of information (LOIs). Cobuilder Specify is developed to allow project managers to customise data templates according to the needed data deliveries per role, stage and LOI and create standardised ‘questions’ that are there to be answered collaboratively throughout the stages of the specification process.

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Specify performance data for roles, stages, LOIs

Digitalization of specifications for complex (system) building elements can mitigate most of the risks associated with working with various formats, classifications and standards while performing different tasks at different stages of the construction project. With the help of data templates for the design stage, actors can:

  • Create specifications that correspond to project requirements and needs at different points in time
  • Create specifications that are referenced correctly and comply with industry standards and design codes
  • Distribute my specifications regardless of platform, into a machine-readable format, and reduce the time to process important information
  • Store specifications for generic ‘construction elements’ in a digital repository and reuse them

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Specification template management

Cobuilder Specify can be used to set specifications/requirements on the basis of custom Data Templates (DTs) unique to the user’s specific context. Within Specify Enterprise you can 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
  • Identify data components and the relationships between them (property, attribute, data set, template)
  • Define them in a data dictionary structure
  • Create a common context throughout the specification process
  • Use and distribute agreed Data Templates

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As-designed requirements checking

Structured data within the requirements/specifications created for each construction phase are subject to automated checks. This is how users can make sure the requirements/specifications they have set have actually been fulfilled.

  • A collaborative approach to managing data deliveries in the construction phase
  • Content based on credible sources such as building regulations and standards
  • Automation of labour-intensive tasks
  • A matrix for data deliveries to complete the BIM Execution Plan

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System-agnostic outputs

Due to the interoperability of the product data template mechanism the specifications/requirements that are set in Specify can be used in any other software through an API. Cobuilder is currently developing plugins that will make the required properties available for Specifiers according to their LOI needs in proprietary BIM-authoring solution.

  • Use API services to allow external stakeholders to pull your agreed data structures
  • Ensure fit-for-purpose data is used with all stakeholders in a construction project
  • Avoid data replication between different local data providers
  • Add specification values to agreed specification structures

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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.

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• Specify performance data for roles, stages, LOIs

• System-agnostic outputs

• Data Consulting Services

• As-designed requirements checking

• Manage Data Templates (powered by Cobuilder Define)​​

Cobuilder offers different solutions that cater to specific organisational needs. Key functionalities for each level of the solution are listed below. Please, contact a Cobuilder representative to discuss your particular needs in detail.

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OFFERING

Cobuilder offers different solutions that cater to specific organisational needs. Key functionalities for each level of the solution are listed below. Please, contact a Cobuilder representative to discuss your particular needs in detail.

FUNCTIONALITIES

• Specify performance data for roles, stages, LOIs

PROFESSIONAL

ENTERPRISE

• System-agnostic outputs

PROFESSIONAL

ENTERPRISE

• Data Consulting Services

PROFESSIONAL

ENTERPRISE

• As-designed requirements checking

PROFESSIONAL

ENTERPRISE

• Manage Data Templates (powered by Cobuilder Define)​​

PROFESSIONAL

ENTERPRISE

PROFESSIONAL

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