A Common Data Environment (CDE) is essential to the smooth running of any construction project. In this article, we explain the functions of the 4 distinct phases of the CDE workflow. 
 
What is a CDE?
 
A CDE is essentially a digital space where all your project data flows together. It forms the information foundation of your entire construction process throughout the entire project lifecycle. A properly applied CDE will ensure efficiency, save money, minimise errors and deliver happy customers. 
 
If you don’t already have one in place, establishing a CDE should be the main technological focus of your organisation.
 
 PAS 1192:2 states all data should be stored in a collaborative environment. (In other words, a CDE.) 
 
How does CDE work? 
 
CDEs are cloud-based platforms that allow all stakeholders to store, access and share every strand of data and information relating to a project. 
 
Implementing a CDE might seem like a daunting process but thanks to new technology, they have become simpler to implement and follow. And because CDEs are software-based, they’ll work with your existing hardware, meaning they don’t necessitate a total tech overhaul. 
 
CDE Workflow 
 
CDE workflow breaks data processes into 4 clear phases and provides the tech solution to help you complete them.
 
Each phase is ‘gated’. These gates refer to the approval process required to move data from one phase to the next. Gates are highly significant because they prevent erroneous information leaking through the workflow phases, ultimately preventing costly or dangerous construction errors. 
 
The 4 phases of CDE 
 
1. Work in Progress (WIP) – This section is for unprocessed data and information. Things like unverified designs might be stored here. Once checked, reviewed and approved, information moves through Gate 1 into Phase 2. 

2. Shared – The Shared CDE phase consists of approved data which is accessible to other dependent organisations on the project. For example, once information is in the Shared Phase 2, subsequent design work can commence. When information in Phase 2 has been reviewed and approved, it moves through Gate 2. 

3. Published – This section holds published and validated information. Information in Phase 3 will be shared amongst the whole project team – so it must be accurate! For example, information here would include approved designs that construction workers will follow on site. Approved data from Phase 3 passes through Gate 3 into the final section of the CDE workflow. 

4. Archive – In Archive, all project stakeholders can access every last shred of information and data relating to the entire construction process. This would even include things like transactions and change orders. 
 
BS 1192 defines the 4 workflow phases of CDE & has been made free to download on the BSI website.
 
Choose Zutec CDE 
 
When you start to consider the amount of data needed on a construction project, you may start to feel vertigo. Every last screw used on a build must have a data profile behind it. That’s a lot of data and without a CDE, it is almost impossible to manage. 
 
Zutec’s CDE platform is structured and easy to use. It makes accurate data management a breeze, taking all the data-strain off your team. 
 
 
Contact Zutec now for a free consultation.

 

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