What Is a Common Data Environment?
For starters, it's an online platform that provides centralized storage, access, and sharing of all the data related to a construction project. This can include:
- Traditional BIM models
- Detailed material specifications
- Installation details and more.
The central data environment (CDE) is the central connection point for everything from survey data and constructible model details to real-time progress updates -- serving as the single source of truth for all project data. By using a CDE, ever
yone knows they are working with the most up-to-date plans.
Common data environments are used in a wide variety of construction projects, such as bridge building, highway maintenance, and commercial buildings which rely on the exchange of large volumes of data.
Multi-disciplinary project stakeholders can easily access this portal of real-time project data from anywhere using a computer, phone, tablet, or machines in the field.