The data template methodology: International and national standards are among the credible sources that help to define and structure construction product information in common data templates that facilitate digitalisation in the construction world.
Why do we need Data Dictionaries?
Data Dictionaries (such as Define) are developed to serve as a solution to this problem which is so central to BIM. A Dictionary seems simple enough. However, in the digital era we can go beyond the use of the same dictionary for everyone to flip to the page of their own language. We need a technological solution that builds upon a data dictionary. A solution that will allow people to understand the meaning of a concept (a term) in their own context, while automatically mapping it to any other existing meaning of the same concept, within a different context anywhere in the world. That way everyone can keep up with the truth, while perceiving it through the lens of their own specific understanding.
A trusted source of information
The most important prerequisite to establishing a common understanding is establishing the truth – in our case the truth about any concept (terminology) related to describing construction objects in the industry. The data dictionary Define uses a simple scientific approach like the one you most probably have also used while writing your university essays. We use credible, acclaimed sources.
The acclaimed sources in the construction industry are standards produced by the relevant regulatory or standardisation bodies. Their relevance can be established at different levels starting at the global and through to the national, organisational, industrial and market levels.