Enhancing productivity with CROSSWALK
We explore CROSSWALK, a new tool for construction and building professionals that is set to boost productivity within the industry.
The new productivity and accuracy tool aims to bring higher levels of efficiency to every stage on a given project and building life cycle
Designed and built by The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), CROSSWALK has been designed to meet the institute’s goal of improving the communication of construction information. CROSSWALK augments construction and design processes by allowing construction technology platforms to connect through an Application Programming Interface (API).
This API connects to and curates versions of CSI’s MasterFormat®, Uniformat®, and OmniClass® construction information classifications and standards that span decades. Designed to be used by software providers, government agencies, information providers, academic institutions, BIM object developers, and research organizations, CROSSWALK is the digital classification engine for the architecture, engineering, construction, and owner (AECO) community.
CROSSWALK is designed to be affordable too. The platform is available under a commercial licence agreement and smaller organizations can benefit from a lower cost depending on the specific use case.
CSI’s CEO, Mark Doesey, said “CSI has always been at the forefront of organizing construction information. The launch of CROSSWALK is a giant leap forward in improving industry productivity”.
He then went on to say: “The construction industry has made strides moving from paper documents to digital workflows, however project workflow is often fractured by tools which are incompatible and inefficient, requiring multiple entries of information, file transfers, and improvised solutions that create error, inefficiency and expense. CROSSWALK addresses these challenges”.
Paul Doherty, President and CEO ay TDG - The Digit Group Inc, echoed his views on digital transformation and CROSSWALK: “As a Smart Cities real estate developer, we have had a need for data to be delivered by our consultants in a taxonomy that the industry would understand. Since moving to a digital business using online project management tools and BIM, we have struggled to get any standard formats regarding data from our consultant architects, engineers and contractors.”
“With CROSSWALK, we now have capability to have our consultants deliver the data we need to create our digital assets to manage our Smart Cities around the world.”