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[BIM EXPLAINED VIDEO] What Is a Common Data Environment?


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
  • Contracts
  • Estimates
  • Reports
  • 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.


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Matt is a Senior Video Producer for Trimble Construction. He's never met a building rendering he doesn't love — and in another life is most definitely an Architect. He's spent 15 years crafting storytelling in sports & entertainment, wearables, non-profit, and construction.

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