Common Data Environment

Common Data Environment


Projects produce vast quantities of data

In construction, information comes in a variety of different forms such as drawings, documents, lists and BIM models. It’s also gathered through transactions, or other communication channels, and can be categorised by adding metadata. Project teams need a solution that is able to deal with all of these types of information and connect it in a way that unlocks additional value by providing a complete picture.

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Facilitate collaboration to avoid duplication and errors

For a project to succeed, it needs a single source of truth where all information is collected, managed and distributed; a Common Data Environment (CDE). This enables teams to connect through processes, information and systems and provides a cross-functional, collaborative model supporting the entire lifecycle of the project.

thinkproject has two CDE offerings: tpCDE for construction projects and EPLASS CDE specifically for rail, road and infrastructure projects. Scroll down to find out more.

Colleagues reviewing a digital plan

tpCDE is the single source of information for your project. It is used to collect, manage and disseminate all project information, whether created in a BIM environment or in more conventional types such as documents, drawings, photos and similar.

tpCDE offers you:

  • Flexibility through configuration of off-the-shelf solutions as well as custom configuration implemented by in-house experts.
  • Scalability to meet the demands of small, individual projects as well as large enterprises requiring multi-project management and company-wide standards.
  • Completeness and transparency with audit-proof documentation which is easily traceable and accessible.
  • Industry and solutions experts with decades of proficiency in construction engineering and architecture provide guidance and support in the rollout of your collaborative processes.
  • Standard compliance to industry requirements for a BIM-enabled CDE according to PAS 1192-2 and ISO 19650.
  • Data security at the highest level with ISO 27001-certified cloud infrastructure hosted in Germany, trusted by general contractors, public and private sector owners and project developers amongst others.

Straightforward information and BIM management

tpCDE makes information input, use and distribution simple with:

  • Online forms for information entry to ensure completeness and accuracy.
  • Project-specific workflows which are adapted easily to support all types of review, approval or distribution processes.
  • A PDF service which allows you to transfer information contained within the common data environment (status, date, document number) and mark up PDF documents.
  • Information linking and combination to create unique insights into your projects, such as combining different partial models into coordination models or linking drawings to models.
  • Easy information re-use and processing in the form of issue coordination with tickets.

Smart filing and searching in a central cloud

Achieve highly-structured document management with tpCDE:

  • All information, including attributes, files and dates, is bound and stored in a document container.
  • Dynamic filters and extended search options allow searching for all kinds of information.
  • Files can be coded to avoid entering individual attributes manually.
  • Filters show the latest information only so the complete history remains stored and can be recalled at any time.
tpCDE document management screenshot

Mobile technologies connect the office and construction site

Our mobile applications thinkproject PHOTO and thinkproject QUALITY for iOS and Android allow you to connect to the tpCDE on-site. Capture information and pictures or use for other functions such as checking the status of a defect directly on-site. The apps can be used offline and the information is synchronised as soon as you are back online.

Our Mobile Version Check allows you to find out if printed documents are still up to date with QR-Codes printed directly onto the document which are scanned with your mobile device to display the result of the status check.

thinkproject mobile apps

Visual display of information enables monitoring and reporting

  • Our integrated viewer allows you to look at drawings and compare versions to observe changes. BIM models can also be displayed and navigated via a web viewer.
  • Our latest thinkproject X version comes with a dashboard which serves as your personal project cockpit, showing unread messages, favourited filters and other helpful features.
  • Traffic light statuses are displayed for easy progress tracking and awareness of early warnings.
  • Any project information can be displayed in diagrams and graphs via an integrated reporting engine.
  • Reports and charts can be directly downloaded and even subscribed to by email to save you time when generating reports.

Integrate into your existing IT landscape

  • Our open interface (Rest API) allows you to connect software from other providers to tpCDE for dynamic information management exchange in your connected IT ecosystem.
  • Deeplinks allow for specific information maintained within tpCDE to be displayed within your other software tools.
  • OutlookConnect, DesktopConnect and SolibriConnect bridge the gap between users’ personal workspaces and tpCDE to streamline adoption of the platform into their daily work.
  • User authentication and authorisation can also be integrated with your inhouse infrastructure to streamline the login process for users.
tpCDE defect management screenshot

EPLASS CDE integrates automatic schedule management, data management and reporting for rail, road and infrastructure projects. It allows the efficient control, coordination and processing of projects of any dimensions from anywhere, at any time, using any device.

Manage complex processes with a platform configured to your requirements, improving your business processes with standardisation to keep project information in one central, secure place.

Optimise your business processes

EPLASS CDE focusses on workflows to guarantee traceability of drawings and documents to provide comprehensive review and approval processes. With a high level of automation and designed to your project’s requirements, the system:

  • Makes time management easy with an overview of the schedule and comprehensive report.
  • Leaves original documents untouched by placing a layer over each one which is saved separately with the applied redlining.
  • Gives access to the most recent version of an uploaded document or drawing and details its history.
  • Provides intelligence to your document structure with coding to make filing easy.
EPLASS CDE system workflows screenshot

Tamper-proof redlinings and auditability

With EPLASS CDE, complex review processes are made easy. Multiple reviewers can conduct parallel editing resulting in a single, layered redlined document for final approval.

A digital signature can be mapped onto the verified document without the need for local download. The original document remains unchanged so edits can be traced through each individually saved version of the document, benefitting legal security.

EPLASS CDE system interface screenshot
  • thinkproject has greatly facilitated the necessary traceability on a project with such an excessive documentation load. We have managed to reliably control our exchanges of documentation with clients and subcontractors, as well as the flow of productive communications between the different areas involved.

    Document Controller, Tedagua

  • EPLASS was helping us to optimise the coordination of the planning and to fasten the approvals. It was definitely a key to master all the complex challenges of an inner-city grand project.

    Project Manager, Construction Supervision, Gruempen Viaduct

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