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Increased digitalization of the actors calls for a new approach to avoid multiple Common Data Environments

HUB & interoperability
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Published on
March 14, 2022
A Common Data Environment (CDE) is a central repository where construction project information is stored and managed according to the ISO 19650 guidelines. More and more organisations have ‘their’ construction Common Data environment and are … willing to use it. As a result, contractors, architects or promotors need to cope with multiple Common Data Environments across project(s) leading to complexity, reduced productivity and sometimes chaos. This situation calls for a new approach and solutions.

Not atraditional Common Data Environment but a HUB

A Common Data Environment (CDE) is a central repository where construction project information is stored and managed according to the ISO 19650 guidelines.
In a traditional approach, one of the project stakeholders – the real estate developer, architect coordinator or contractor, … - proposes a cloud based CDE (Aconex, Asite, Procore, …) to the different independent parties.


With this central repository, project partners get :  

  • better productivity
  • improved communication
  • qualitative deliverables (eg as-built … )

       
The limits in an increasingly digitalized context

Is this approach still working ?

With the time, more and more organisations have ‘their’ own construction Common Data environment and are … strongly willing to use it. This leads to an increase in the number of CDEs to learn and to taking the risk of no longer having control over your data.

This tension between this approach and the context of a construction project where there is not only one important partner that can “impose” explains why it is not possible (anymore) for a company to use the same Common Data Environment for all its construction projects.

Multiple Common Data Environments across project(s) lead to complexity, efforts to keep systems in sync and sometimes chaos.

How to avoid multiple Common Data Environments ? 

Processes and tools need to acknowledge that different organisations working temporary on a project want sometimes to use their own tools and to keep a central repository for the data of all their projects.

Starting from there we have developed a new approach and logic where the Cooperlink Construction Hubcan be tightly linked with your own repository (File server, Sharepoint, …) and the EDMS or the CDE's of the project partners (Aconex, Asite, Bricsys, BIM360, ...).


Unique but proven 😊.

One of the finalists of the MIPIM 2023 made use this new approach (ZIN project - BPC / Van Laere) simplifying communication and collaboration. More information about the ZIN project here.

About Axel Palmaers

Axel Palmaers, aged 42, is an accomplished entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the field of digital transformation. Axel is the CEO and co-founder of Cooperlink, a digital hub that connects construction, infrastructure and industrial companies. Cooperlink's mission is to help companies exploit the full potential of their data and manage their projects. Axel has acquired deep expertise in project management, operational processes, technical document management and BIM building data modeling.

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