For the first time, applications that incorporate UNIFORMAT and ASTM E1557 have a central location to access standards information specific to the project phase from feasibility to turnover.
CSI and global standards organization ASTM International finalized an agreement to formally link CSI’s UNIFORMAT standards and ASTM International’s E1557 (UNIFORMAT II) standards within CROSSWALK, a gated web service of the CSI-owned Construction Information Network (CIN), a platform which integrates CSI classifications into construction technology platforms and data flows.
UNIFORMAT is CSI’s U.S. and Canadian standard for classifying building specifications, cost estimating and cost analysis used to provide consistency in the economic evaluation of building projects. The ASTM International E1557 standard, managed by ASTM’s performance of buildings committee (E06), expands descriptions of many existing elements.
Integrating these two classification standards in CROSSWALK enables the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Owners (AECO) industry to communicate and build with accuracy, safety and cost-effectiveness.
"By connecting UNIFORMAT and ASTM E1557 via CROSSWALK, architects, engineers, BIM managers, contractors and cost estimators will be able to translate between the two standards seamlessly in software applications that take advantage of CROSSWALK.” says Mark Dorsey, CEO of CSI.
“With this integration, we are seeking to solve the problem users of UNIFORMAT and ASTM E1557 have traditionally faced when determining which standard to use,” says Brian Meincke, vice president of global business development and innovation at ASTM International. “Our agreement with CSI greatly improves the quality of construction information and communication among various users of the tool. This integration furthers our commitment to providing our vast user base with the most accurate and up-to-date information needed to deliver the highest quality of work."
Launched in May 2020 by CIN, CROSSWALK is a digital classification engine for the AECO community. This tool augments the design and construction process by enabling construction technology platforms to connect through an Application Programming Interface (API). The API connects to and curates’ versions of CSI’s construction information classifications and standards that span decades. ASTM E1557 standards will now be included among these versions.