Construction data software to tackle your data’s “MUSTs” and the “SHOULDs”

The construction industry is by all means one of the most information-intensive domains out there. Colossal amounts of data are being generated during every stage of the building’s lifecycle, which makes revision and organization of this information a very hard to achieve task. Fortunately for all of us, when it comes to handling big data, what seem humanly impossible is often times a simple task for construction data software.

So, what sort of data should this software manage and how does it affect our construction practices?

We can make two general distinctions…

The “I MUST know this” data:

The construction sector is being heavily bombarded by dynamically changing national and EU legislative requirements. To remain legal you need to comply with these important game-changers, including:

  • The European Construction Products Regulation (CPR)
  • The REACH regulation
  • COBie data drops for the UK
  • Other national requirements

Each of these require a comprehensive and effective approach towards as built data collection and processing. As a builder you are now expected to be well aware of each and every product that is being used in the building process, including its detailed characteristics and performance values. Taking into consideration the massive number of products used in any given construction projects, this makes the tasks nearly impossible without some sort of automation in the process.

This is where coBuilder comes in. We have addressed these issues in multiple ways. Our Cobuilder Collaborate (previously ProductXchange) construction data software has redesigned the way supply chain players communicate in terms of information exchange. By using Cobuilder Collaborate you start collecting detailed product information from the very moment you pay for your goods. The system is designed to watch over your work and inform you of any missing documentation, so you can focus less on the paperwork and more on the actual building process.

The “I SHOULD know this” data:

Luckily, there is more to construction data usage, than just legislative compliance. By using intelligent IT solutions to collect data, you can increase your building’s market value, assume control over high-risk materials, make informed decisions during the building’s lifecycle. Operating within an industry undergoing rapid digital revolution there are now some data capabilities that you should be able to take advantage of in order to remain competitive:

    • Use environmental certification filtering (BREEAM, LEED)
    • Perform product Risk assessments and find substitute products
    • Export data to different systems in various formats (Revit, IFC)
    • Ensure informed and easy facility management
    • Maintain a chemical inventory
    • Maintain a Workers register

Needless to say, none of the above activities are achievable without the integration of construction data software in your organization. The market and the supply chain players, increasingly demand a well-structured product data, that is compatible with multiple systems and platforms. Building Information Modelling (BIM) has become much more of requirement rather than a trend in the industry, making the hunger for a neatly structured digital information bigger than ever before. Our Cobuilder Collaborate system has been designed with all this into consideration, allowing a seamless flow of product information among each and every entity.

As we mentioned before, the global tendency for digitisation of large amounts of data has not at all skipped the construction industry. The legislative bodies clearly understand this and take advantage by imposing more complex and heavy requirements on the sector, which were previously nearly impossible to comply with, less the aid of construction data software. Unsurprisingly, the market itself did not wait long to appreciate the practicality of using IT solutions in construction projects. Today, using construction data software is truly an inseparable part of any builder’s daily routine.