New partnership to digitise standards

Modified on March 7, 2022

Standard Online and Cobuilder join forces to digitise the content of standards through the development of machine-readable data templates for the construction industry.

Standard Online is the organisation in charge of distribution and sales of standards as part of the Norwegian standardisation body Standards Norway. The agreement between the two organisations aims at making standards related to the performance of built assets, products, and systems available to the construction industry in a digital format. The agreement enables Cobuilder to gain access to the standards distributed by Standard Online and develop data templates based on these standards. The data templates will be implemented and made available to construction actors through Cobuilder’s digital solutions.

“In the Standards Norway group, we are committed to ensuring that the content of the standards is known and used by as many people as possible. This is why, the agreement with Cobuilder, and hopefully other software vendors in the future, is a great opportunity to make the content of standards available to a wider audience. The agreement contributes also to regulating the use of standards within existing copyright provisions. This is important because all royalties from the sale of standards are used to develop new standards and improve existing ones”, says Harald Hesselroth, CEO of Standard Online.

Lars Fredenlund at Cobuilder and Harald Hesselroth, CEO of Standard Online

“We are very pleased to be part of this collaboration with Standard Online. It is not just about the benefits of digitalisation per se. In the wider context, this is also a key step towards the green transformation of the construction industry. Digitisation of standards will to a large extent enable the industry to change its business processes, says Lars Chr. Fredenlund, CEO of Cobuilder.

He believes that establishing a common digital language based on standards is crucial for the future of the construction industry.

“In such a complex industry, the use of standards is the only way to establish a common digital language. This is a major prerequisite for further technological advances, such as the adoption of machine learning and artificial intelligence, automation of manual processes, cost reductions, increased efficiency, and last but not least – achieving carbon neutrality”, says Fredenlund.

“Standards form the bedrock for the design, construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure. By developing and implementing data templates for sharing information between industry actors, we will be able to design and build more efficiently, reduce errors and enable the reuse of building materials. One of the major challenges when it comes to circularity is the lack of information about the technical characteristics of products that is essential for their reuse. This is where structured standard-based data plays a central role”, Fredenlund points out.