Specification based on Data Templates
For Project Managers and Specifiers
How can your organisation benefit from common, standardised data structures and free information flow?
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.