The Swiss Research Centre for Rationalization in Building and Civil Engineering (CRB) and coBuilder sign an agreement outlining future cooperation plans. The leading standardisation body in the Swiss construction and real estate industries and the leading provider of digital data services for the Norwegian and UK construction industries will be working together to deliver a digital platform that will enable the entire Swiss construction industry to benefit from a common digital construction data context.
Establishing a digital data-based Swiss construction context
CRB plans to use coBuilder’s existing mechanism of structuring construction product data through Product Data Templates to provide a Swiss specific platform, which is intended to go beyond the existing development. coBuilder and CRB aim to set up a Swiss-specific process of creating Product Data Templates (PDTs) and establish it as the national Swiss standard. Construction products manufacturers will be able to access the Swiss PDT’s and create standard-based product data for distribution to the market through the goBIM platform. Working in cooperation with national and cross-country partners in the area of standardization, the organisations will ensure that SBS Tool is developed according to not only best practice but also to the specific needs of the Swiss industry.
About Product Data Templates
The idea of a PDT is to provide all the construction industry's actors with a standard-based and sustainable digital instrument to set and maintain design and specification data requirements and to check if the installed products meet those requirements throughout the whole life cycle of any built asset. What is more, the PDT plays an essential role for the information exchange throughout all phases of construction, from the inception through to operation and further down to demolition, and is a prerequisite to the efficient use of digital innovations such VR ,AR, BIM, IoT, machine learning etc. on today's construction projects.
Product Data Templates, which will be made available to Swiss actors via a state-of-the-art user interface, will enable all construction users to take advantage of the most advanced solutions for digitalisation of product data and collaboration within different proprietary modelling software.
'Better communication and collaboration are the two pivotal virtues in the world of digital construction. Based on our experience, we could even say that in the digital world better collaboration could be achieved through better communication. Hence, the language is considered being also a very important aspect of establishing a common construction context in Switzerland as a multilingual market.' says Lars Chr. Fredenlund, CEO of coBuilder.
'In Switzerland CRB is the industry-recognised expert in providing and maintaining a multi-lingual construction-specific terminology database and standards for cost calculation or submissions. As coBuilder has also gained a reputation of an expert for providing multilingual construction data, the joint efforts of both organizations are considered a recipe for success in terms of making the Swiss construction data context and data structures available in German, French and Italian to start with', elaborates Michel Bohren, Director of CRB.
The scope of the agreement includes also the integration of the SBS Tool with standardised instruments for setting data requirements on benefit of both clients and general contractors. This additional step will play a major part in moving the Swiss construction industry forward towards better data-oriented specification and tender submission processes.
Finally yet importantly, the plans of coBuilder and CRB go beyond building the digital data context in Switzerland. The organisations will be partnering up to introduce coBuilder's tools on the Swiss market. The partnership will involve a well-defined knowledge transfer process going both ways. Through CRB's expertise as the leading authority for Swiss construction industry Standards, coBuilder will gain deeper insights into the Swiss BIM-dominated processes such as specification, civil engineering, environment, cost calculation and more. On the other hand, coBuilder will support CRB in affirming its position as a trusted source of data and a trendsetter in matters such as digital transformation, master data management, standard-based data structures and data-based specification.
Time line and publicity
CRB is planning to introduce a Proof of concept based on a prototype model that will illustrate the workflow of data exchange via standard and context-specific data structures at Switzerland’s biggest building tradeshow: 'Swissbau' in January 2018.
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