5 frequently asked questions about ProductXchange and Cobuilder Collaborate

In the course of 2019, ProductXchange will be gradually replaced by a new upgraded version that we have called Cobuilder Collaborate. All features that you use today in ProductXchange will be available in the new solution in a better and more user-friendly interface.  Below you can find the answers to the most important questions around the transition to this new solution.

1.       Why is ProductXchange being replaced by Cobuilder Collaborate?

The new solution, Cobuilder Collaborate, is developed to give you better user experience. We have taken into account all the feedback that we have received, and have focused on a simple and intuitive interface as well as optimised performance.

In addition, we have identified an increasing demand for data exchange between various actors and different software, and in the new solution such features are available for those who need them.

2.       Which features do I get in Cobuilder Collaborate?

In Cobuilder Collaborate you will find the same features as in ProductXchange to help you with easy collection of as-built product information and compliance with European regulations (such as REACH and CPR), national regulatory requirements (such as Regulations on technical requirements for construction works, Regulations relating to building applications, List of priority substances, Regulations concerning the performance of work) and market requirements (such as BREEAM and the Nordic Swan ecolabel).

In addition, Cobuilder Collaborate offers new features that allow clients and contractors to set specific information requirements, collect data directly from the value chain and deliver as-built models enriched with validated and verified data. In comparison with ProductXchange, these are new features that have been in high demand among some of the users. This process process ensures better control and increased efficiency during planning, purchasing and construction. In addition, it facilitates operation and maintenance as all the necessary information about the built-in products is easily available in the model instead of in folders with papers and among hundreds of PDF files.

Cobuilder has created a set of requirements for the collection of operation and maintenance data. You can send these requirement templates to all the actors on your project in order to collect O&M information about products they are installing. If you would like to take advantage of this requirement set or any other information requirement services, please contact us.

digital twin

*Please note that certain functionality in Cobuilder Collaborate, such as Risk assessment in the Chemicals module, is still in development and is currently only available in ProductXchange.

3.       How will the transition from ProductXchange to Cobuilder Collaborate happen?

In the beginning of May, all users will be able to login and try Cobuilder Collaborate.

All projects created in ProductXchange will be also available in Cobuilder Collaborate and you can start using the new system already now. However, note that some of the functionality that is already available in Cobuilder Collaborate, is still under development.

The transition from ProductXchange to Cobuilder Collaborate will be a gradual process throughout 2019. Therefore, you will still have access to ProductXchange until all planned functionality becomes available in Cobuilder Collaborate. You will receive additional information about when ProductXchange will be phased out.

As a user you will receive information when new features are released in Cobuilder Collaborate. Check our newsletters!

4.       How do I log in to Cobuilder Collaborate?

In  April all users of ProductXchange will get access to Cobuilder Collaborate. Information about this will be published in ProductXchange. User name and password are the same as to ProductXchange.

5.       I would like to learn more about Cobuilder Collaborate. What kind of training courses does Cobuilder offer?

We have arranged two different types of webinars about Cobuilder Collaborate. The webinars are free of charge and will give the participants an introduction to informasjon management in Cobuilder Collaborate, as well a practical demonstration of the features currently available in the new system. Sign up here.

Once all functionality is available in Cobuilder Collaborate, we will arrange a variety of courses that will provide more thorough training in how to use the system. Information about our course offer will be published on our website and will be communicated in our newsletters.

*All seminars and training courses in Norway will be held in Norwegian language.