Common Data Environment

CDE? Let's talk about CDN instead, for Common Data Network

If BIM is the engine, CDE (Common Data Environment) is the fuel. There was a need to establish a framework of best practices. This is done with the ISO 19650 standard which offers an international working standard.

The idea behind BIM is therefore based on the sharing of information from the design of a building or infrastructure until its completion including its operations. Project partners need technical information to make decisions. They must be able to access the full lifecycle of each information.

Multi-partner collaborative environment, a genuine unique source of truth

Collect building-related data to integrate them into the digital model

ISO19650 - a standard to better manage information

The first CDE standards for BIM were issued by the British (BS and PAS1192). The new ISO 19650 standard is inspired by it and lays the foundations for a working standard at the international level.

This standard will allow to...
  • optimize the management of common information
  • encourage the digital transformation of the construction sector

To create your own unique source of truth, CDE or CDN?

If the official term of collaborative technology is indeed CDE (Common Data Environment), Cooperlink is designed on the basis of a "network" approach, a Common Data Network (CDN) which makes it possible to link companies and their tools in a universal workspace that meets everyone's needs.

Because that is where the challenge is played out today. With the multiplicity of cloud-based CDEs, companies face multiple “unique” sources of data for each project. The time wastes associated with multiple re-encodings are enormous. It is increasingly necessary to connect to several CDEs to know the status of a particular document.

Cooperlink, in compliancy with the ISO 19650 standard, therefore goes a step further by offering true integration with your own tools.

Your corporate tools : single source of truth to avoid a multiplicity of information and therefore risks of error

The 4 stages of the information lifecycle

The ISO 19650 standard provides that the CDE solution manages the four stages of the life cycle of a document by isolating them to preserve the autonomy of companies:

  • Work in Progress: the information is being developed within the company and therefore inaccessible (“invisible”) for partners at this stage.
  • Share: the information is now in versions that can be shared with all partners according to specific security rules with a view to their review or control.
  • Published: the author then submits these documents for validation or approval. The documentation is formalized and constitutes the source of information useful for the execution.
  • Archived: the information has been used and can be archived in order to remain available if necessary afterwards (audit, creation of the file of works carried out, etc.)

Cooperlink technology helps ensure this segregation without creating information silos. Indeed, it is always the same document, still stored on your tools, but Cooperlink will take care of distributing to stakeholders only the versions of the document that it is authorized to consult.

Always have a view of your collaborative process

Assign access rights to protect information

You manage and authorize access to different users and partners to ensure the protection of information

Keep track of all versions in your tools

The history of information flows is immutable and always remains available, moreover in your tools

Be informed in real time of changes made

When one of the contributors updates information in the collaborative workspace, the people concerned are immediately notified.

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