Use Cases

BIM Development

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A key component of BIM detailing is the use of libraries of pre-built parts and products. With Crosswalk, BIM detailers can easily access, organize, and share their essential libraries and translate data between industry standards. Collectus, a Crosswalk partner, organizes their library of 20,000+ asset parameters in Revit with MasterFormat, and uses Crosswalk to create an automatic workflow to convert Revit asset parameter data from MasterFormat® to UniFormat® and OmniClass®. While architects and engineers typically create Revit files using MasterFormat to manage the classifications of assets in their models, contractors receiving models may prefer using UniFormat organizing principles, and facility owners may prefer receiving their as-built Revit models using OmniClass®️ organizing principles. With Crosswalk, Collectus users can easily and efficiently navigate stakeholder needs by translating assets to the workgroup’s prevailing standard.

Estimating

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Different projects have different needs, and Crosswalk’s flexibility helps you to adapt to every situation. Crosswalk was built to help you manage data from all sources – subcontractors, architects, specifiers – no matter what standard they use. If you receive information classified in MasterFormat 1995, use Crosswalk to re-classify the data to the project standard. Crosswalk saves you time-consuming data entry and tedious cross-referencing between standards by providing you with best-in-class translations or “crosswalks” across standards, validated by industry experts.

Cost Codes

iStock-1176842895.jpgMany organizations utilize MasterFormat to structure cost codes, but may not have cost code frameworks from MasterFormat 1995. Crosswalk seamlessly translates costs and quantities between versions and standards, so you can update decades of project data to the current standard and maintain a consistent approach across current projects. Easily reference and compare project cost data by standardizing your approach with Crosswalk.

Preconstruction

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A challenge during preconstruction is the need to coordinate data and specifications between multiple teams, each often utilizing different standards. Crosswalk streamlines these preconstruction exchanges and enables you to by re-classify specifications efficiently within a growing list of building and design standards including MasterFormat, MasterFormat 1995, OmniClass, UniFormat, and ASTM E1557. Crosswalk partners manage risk by reducing errors, saving time, and implementing a standardized process for consistent, efficient project management.

Building Products

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MasterFormat has been the leading standard to manage building products for decades. Crosswalk offers a more flexible way to access MasterFormat, embedding directly into your project workflows and standards. With Crosswalk, you can easily translate specifications between versions and building standards. Whether you need to start specifying your building products, update data from past versions, or translate a set of classifications from another standard, Crosswalk has got you covered. Searches and “crosswalks” between standards are easily accessible through the Crosswalk API, and can be integrated directly into your software or project system. A collaboration with the Health Product Declarative Collaborative (HPDC) gives you access to health information for building products, allowing you to make informed decisions for greener, healthier builds.