The C&C framework consists of a Document Management System and a Model server, which are both accessible through one easily accessible user interface. The framework makes it easier for construction companies to exchange information digitally through functionalities as:
More information on the framework can be found here.
The benefits of the framework are:
Big companies could impose the use of particular ICT tools for information exchange on subcontractors. In practice however exchange problems could persist, demanding much effort of all parties to keep the information flowing. The C&C framework offers all parties a set of functionalities that could solve these problems without extra costs. The C&C framework enables big companies to initiate collaboration with partners and subcontractors more easily because no party has to buy new ICT tools. Consequently less effort is needed for all parties to exchange information using the framework.
No, there will be no charges for using the framework and there are no license costs at least as long as the project runs (until December 2014).
Although no guarantees can be given, the purpose of Connect and Construct is to provide a sustainable framework, which can also be used after the project ends (December 2014). Connect and Construct aims to transfer the framework to market players, which can apply their own business model, as long as the framework remains easily accessible for all companies. During 2014 more information will be provided by means of a governance model which describes the C&C framework after 2014 (maintance and further development).
The C&C framework can be used in every construction project where project participants exchange information because of their collaboration. Regardless whether the BIM concept is applied in the project. For those who do apply the BIM concept or those who wish to, the C&C-framework uses the BIMserver which provides an exchange and merge functionality for IFC models (the common open standard for models).
The C&C framework can be used for the digital exchange of both technical and administrative information. In its current implementation the focus is on the former, but the DMS can be used to store all kind of (administrative and financial) information. For the latter, companies in practice often use CRM systems. As of yet, the functionalities of CRM systems cannot be linked to the C&C framework.
Yes, the Model server of the framework supports the exchange and merge of (3D) models in IFC format. This does require you to have installed certified BIM Modelling software which allows you to export to IFC format. A list of certified software and software in the course of certification can be found here: http://www.buildingsmart-tech.org/certification/ifc-certification-2.0/ifc2x3-cv-v2.0-certification/participants.
CAD files are large, often causing problems when exchanged through traditional channels like e-mail. The DMS part of the framework solves this problem by providing a central storage for files of all sizes, including CAD files. Another problem experienced by construction companies is that they cannot view CAD files. This problem will be solved by integrating a free CAD viewer within the framework.
Yes, this is possible. However, it does require you to programme the BIM server and the DMS you would like to use yourself, in order to integrate them. The Connect & Construct framework uses Alfresco as ready to use and standard DMS.
By joining the pilots, companies benefit from:
Only travel costs will be financially compensated in case travelling is required to attend meetings in Brussels.
The C&C framework allows users to view all Microsoft office formats and the IFC format online. For now, to view other formats (such as DWG/DWF/DXF) separate software should be downloaded. There are websites that provide such viewers for free. These websites are listed under the 'Help' button on the main dashboard of the C&C framework.