CROSSWALK is the first agile API to network Construction Specifications Institute’s (CSI) MasterFormat®, Uniformat®, and OmniClass® classifications with the world’s building professionals, construction technology platforms, and data flows. Brought to you by CSI, the creator of construction standards, CROSSWALK is the digital engine for the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Owner (AECO) community, driving plans, protocols, and performance across the lifecycle of a construction project.
CROSSWALK supports the seamless collaboration of all AECO project teams throughout a project’s life cycle, connecting design intent to project delivery, increasing transparency, and securing better project outcomes.
The building industry has made huge strides from paper documents to digital workflows; however, the AECO value chain— from designers to specifiers to building product manufacturers to contractors to owners and facilities managers—continues to be disintermediated. The industry is fractured by antiquated tools which are often incompatible and inefficient, requiring multiple entries of information, file transfers, and improvised solutions.
Through our API, we augment the design and construction process by allowing construction technology platforms to connect to decades of CSI standards and classifications for construction information, including curating between versions of MasterFormat, UniFormat, and OmniClass classifications.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) will deploy machine learning techniques to harvest anonymized data flowing through the API in order to create software wizards, crowdsourcing, and reference data.
CROSSWALK utilizes a distributed, immutable blockchain-based ledger for the provision of identity, confidentiality, version control, chain-of-custody, and payment services.
CROSSWALK will analyze and operationalize analytics from sensor data to drive additional intelligence into software tools and services.
CROSSWALK currently includes all versions of MasterFormat, UniFormat, and OmniClass since the 1995 version.
CROSSWALK is available as an Application Program Interface (API). An API is a set of functions and procedures that allow software applications and portals access to the classification web service
CROSSWALK can be embedded into popular AECO software products and portals to provide the most accurate classifications in real time. Ask your software provider if their tools are ‘powered by CROSSWALK.’
CROSSWALK utilizes a secure version of HTTP which is the primary protocol to send data between a web browser and a web service.
CROSSWALK is available under a commercial license agreement. Cost varies based by the size of your organization and the specific use case.
The CROSSWALK API is delivered via RESTful web services and GraphQL data queries.
CROSSWALK currently delivers content payloads in JSON and XML formats.
API keys are used to track and control how the API is being used, for example to prevent malicious use or abuse of the API.
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Paul Doherty, IFMA Fellow, DFC Senior Fellow - President and CEO of TDG (The Digit Group www.thedigitgroupinc.com). As seen on Bloomberg TV, acknowledged by CNBC as one of America's Business Titans and reported by Forbes as “Changing the World”, Paul is an award-winning architect and is one of the world’s most sought after thought leaders, strategists and integrators of process, technology and business. Paul is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council and a Fellow of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). Paul's current work is focused on Smart City real estate developments and projects that include financing, design-build and technology solutions in the USA, Australia, Europe, MENA, India, Southeast Asia and China. Concurrently, Paul is the co-founder and producer of the critically acclaimed AEC Hackathon (www.aechackathon.com) that launched at Facebook Headquarters in Silicon Valley.
Ronald L. Geren, FCSI, CCS, CCCA, SCIP, AIA is the owner of RLGA Technical Services, a construction specifications and building code consulting firm in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has over 35 years’ experience in the construction industry, which includes projects covering many building types such as government facilities, residence halls, classroom and office buildings, libraries, multifamily residential, commercial office and retail, religious, theaters, and military. Ron is a professor of architecture at the School of Architecture at Taliesin where he teaches construction documents, building codes, practice management, and building construction technology. He is also a member of the AIA Codes and Standards Committee. Ron is the author of Applying the Building Code: Step-by-Step Guidance for Design and Building Professionals. Ron is a Certified Construction Specifier (CCS), a Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA), Construction Documents Technologist (CDT), a certified building plans examiner, a certified accessibility inspector/plans examiner, and is a former Board Chair of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).
As principal at McKinley, Suzanna Kelley, MBA, FAIA supports her clients in strategy design and implementation. She leads projects focused on business transformation, organizational effectiveness, membership strategy, strategic alliances, component relations and several others. Suzanna combines design thinking with business acumen to help her clients solve problems in new and innovative ways. Suzanna also brings nearly fifteen years of association management experience to each client, which includes a deep understanding of how to develop effective strategic plans and implement those plans by aligning resources to the goals. At McKinley, Suzanna has been consistently successful in helping mission-driven organizations rise to the next level through research-driven decision making, visionary goal setting and practical implementation planning. Suzanna is an architect who has practiced in New Orleans and Washington, DC before leaving traditional practice to work full-time for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), most recently as the Managing Director for Strategic Alliances & Initiatives. In this role, she was responsible for the direction and oversight of relationships with allied and non-profit organizations. She also managed key Institute initiatives related to industry and practice while actively advising the AIA executive and volunteer leadership.
While Suzanna no longer designs buildings for her clients, she now designs their organizational strategy. She has enjoyed opportunities to leverage the key strengths she's gained in research and facilitation, as well as her expertise in licensure policy on many McKinley projects, including the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards' (CLARB) a multi-year effort focused on rethinking the regulation process for landscape architects. She takes pride in partnering with high-performing clients to ensure they consistently exceed their goals and maintain upward mobility. And her passion for putting strategy to work means she is effective in counseling the team not only on the What and the Why but also the How and the When.
Matt Loeb, CGEIT, FASAE, CAE is a digital savvy, strategic, and growth-oriented board director, and executive advisor with over 30 years of global experience in the technology, learning, information and nonprofit sectors. He is currently Principal of Optimal Performance Seekers, LLC, working with select enterprises and their boards and executive teams to acquire, build and mature organizational capabilities that improve and sustain business performance and results.
Loeb has served in CEO and other executive leadership roles in the nonprofit, technology, biomedical, chemical process, and information industries. His breadth of professional experience includes strategy, marketing, public affairs, global operations and product development. He holds a patent for industry’s first enterprise-wide cybersecurity assessment providing assurance to Boards and C-Suites by measuring resilience against cyber-attacks.
Matt currently serves as a director on or an advisor to several public and nonprofit the boards. He has served on audit, governance, and nominations committees. He is also a past non-executive Chair of the CMMI Institute.
Matt is an MIT Fellow at the Center for Information Systems Research. He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives, and a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), having been recognized as one of the top 100 Board Directors in the US in 2016.
Loeb holds an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School. He is a certified association executive (CAE) and certified in the governance of enterprise information and technology (CGEIT).
Keith Robinson, FCSI, CSC, FCSC, LEED AP, RSW is a specifier at DIALOG, a large Canadian all discipline architectural company since 1997. He leads the specifications team in the Edmonton studio and has helped build the high standards of specifications excellence firm-wide that DIALOG’s work requires. His role also includes information integration between the text formats inherent in specifications and digital presentation of information within the Building Information Management (BIM) Model. Before joining the company, Keith honed his skills on projects across Canada and internationally in Cuba, Egypt, Japan, and Costa Rica.
In addition to offering technical solutions on a variety of major projects at DIALOG, Keith's role also involves research and development for unique documentation that is shared with the construction industry through his activities with CSI and Construction Specifications Canada (CSC). Keith is well known in the specifications community and is committed to fostering the next generation of specifiers through mentorship and coaching programs. He has developed and instructed several courses including contributions to the construction administration program at the University of Alberta, which explored topics such as sustainable material selection, understanding construction specifications, and introductory blueprint reading.
Keith is also actively involved on the MasterFormat Maintenance Task Team; acting as the CSC representative since 2008 and has worked on many CSI subcommittees including OmniClass and PPDFormat. He wrote several articles for Construction Specifier addressing quality of concrete finishing and updates on progress of the MasterFormat Updates, and most recently on the delegated design process.
Wendy Vittori is Executive Director of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, a not-for-profit, member organization committed to transparency, openness and innovation in building products. Prior to assuming this position in 2015, Wendy has served as a leader in business, academic and civic contributions for over thirty years. Beginning her career as a software engineer, she led technology businesses at both Intel Corporation and Motorola, Inc. In 2007, Wendy founded Vittori Consulting LLC, a strategy and organization consulting firm. She is a faculty associate at the ASU Nonprofit Management Institute, and was previously assistant professor at Northeastern University College of Business in Boston, Massachusetts. She received an A.B. from Harvard College, an MBA from Northeastern University, and was a doctoral candidate and Arthur D. Little fellow at the Harvard Business School in the field of strategic management and entrepreneurship.
Rob Wenger is a successful entrepreneur and business executive with an outstanding 20-year track record in building, growing, and leading high-tech companies. As a founder and former CEO of Higher Logic, his customers’ success is always top of mind. He works to positively impact each of Higher Logic’s customers using smart, collaborative technology.
Prior to Higher Logic, Rob co-founded and served as Chief Technology Officer for two technology firms, Active Matter, a web design and development firm that exclusively focused on the not-for-profit market and WaveFront Consulting, an information technology consulting firm. Each firm quickly grew to profitability which led to each being acquired, WaveFront in 1998 and Active Matter in 2003.
Arol Wolford is a pioneer and passionate advocate of building intelligence. He has devoted his career to the proposition that sharing information among owners, architects, contractors, and manufacturers is the key to creating better and more efficient buildings.
Arol is the founder of Construction Market Data (CMD), a global leader in building information serving the United States, Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, China, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia. The company grew from 5 employees in 1982 to 1300 employees in 2000 and offered well-known information sources such as CMD Bulletins, Architects’ First Source, CanaData, Clark Reports, CMD Electronic, CMD Connect to Sales Force and Microsoft CRM, Manufacturers’ Survey Associates, and RSMeans. CMD Group was acquired by Reed Elsevier $300 million in 2000.
Arol was one of the original board member’s and investors of Revit Technology Corporation, creator of the first parametric building modeler. Revit was sold to Autodesk in 2002 for $133 million. Revit is now worth over $25 billion. In 2003, Arol founded SmartBIM, a creator of Revit Objects. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) named Arol an honorary member in 1997 and in 2007 chose him to serve on the AIA 150 Board, the first non-architect to be so honored. Arol was the Construction Specification Institute (CSI) President’s Award Winner in 1999. Arol serves on the board for Building Systems Design (BSD Speclink) and ManufactOn.
Arol Wolford has been instrumental in pioneering and implementing new technologies to inform and manage design. In the 1980’s, he was one of the first to bring data mining to the AEC workspace by founding Construction Market Data, an industry reporting media firm with hundreds of thousands of subscribers, before selling it to Reed Elsevier in 2000. He serves on the board of Design Intelligence, and the Design Futures Council, an association of industry thought leaders. He is currently one of the owners of Vizz a 3D visualization and data optimization tool that has a unique operating system that will be bringing simplicity of use to the complexity of the Construction Industry. He recently acquired Building Systems Design (BSD), an industry-leading organization in development and management of linked, intelligent building specifications and cost information since the 1980’s.
Nathan Wood is an innovation influencer across the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. Nathan’s experience with Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Lean process improvement, and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) has led him to realize how even proven technology solutions can often result in adoption failure and lost ROI. As Executive Director of the Construction Progress Coalition (ConstructionProgress.org), Nathan blends his passion for open collaboration with real-world skepticism to produce a pragmatic strategy digital standards adoption in design and construction. When not fighting for open standards, Nathan also supports the people and process transformation as Chief Enabling Officer of SpectrumAEC. Nathan continues to support industry progress through speaking engagements, research publications, and workshop facilitation.
Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE is President & CEO of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS). Woods is responsible for leading the Institute’s dedicated team of professionals, enhancing its value and visibility and growing relationships with its members, clients, public agencies and partners. She also leads efforts to expand the organization’s programs and markets while growing and strengthening its membership base.
Prior to joining NIBS, she was the Sr. VP & Chief Marketing Officer at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) where she oversaw a 27-member team responsible for all marketing, revenue-generating programs including sponsorship sales and partnerships with major national companies.
Lakisha currently serves on the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Board of Directors and will begin her term as Secretary/Treasurer September 1, 2020. She also serves as Secretary/Treasurer on the Board for the U.S. Green Building Council and has spoken at national and international industry events. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Maryland in College Park and lives with her husband and daughter in Howard County Maryland.