CROSSWALK

CROSSWALKSM

ABOUT

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.

  • Construction applications can be ‘powered by’ real-time standard classification information through the CROSSWALK Application Programming Interface (API).
  • Access to current and historic standard project classifications over the course of the building lifecycle.
  • Cross-referencing between standards and translation of classifications schemas between versions.
  • Access to tools to accurately classify assets in real-time to improve tracking and metrics.

The Future of Productivity is here

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.

WHY NOW?

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the productivity of construction remains stuck at the same level as 80 years ago1

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.

1Reinventing Construction: A Route to Higher Productivity,
McKinsey Global Institute, February 2017

CROSSWALK IS FOR
THE ENTIRE AECO INDUSTRY

SOFTWARE PROVIDERS GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
INFORMATION PROVIDERS ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
BIM OBJECT DEVELOPERS RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS

FACTS & FEATURES

Available NOW

API-ENABLED
CLASSIFICATION-AS-A-SERVICE

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.

Future Development

AI-ENABLED
AUGMENTED DESIGN

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.

Future Development

BLOCKCHAIN-ENABLED
TRUST AND TRANSPARENCY

CROSSWALK utilizes a distributed, immutable blockchain-based ledger for the provision of identity, confidentiality, version control, chain-of-custody, and payment services.

Future Development

An Internet of
Construction Things

CROSSWALK will analyze and operationalize analytics from sensor data to drive additional intelligence into software tools and services.

FAQ

  • Which AECO standards are available via CROSSWALK?

    CROSSWALK currently includes all versions of MasterFormat, UniFormat, and OmniClass since the 1995 version.

  • How can I use the CROSSWALK API in my software product?

    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

  • Who will use CROSSWALK?

    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.’

  • Is my data safe when using the CROSSWALK API?

    CROSSWALK utilizes a secure version of HTTP which is the primary protocol to send data between a web browser and a web service.

  • What is the cost for a license to use the CROSSWALK API?

    CROSSWALK is available under a commercial license agreement. Cost varies based by the size of your organization and the specific use case.

  • How is the CROSSWALK API delivered?

    The CROSSWALK API is delivered via RESTful web services and GraphQL data queries.

  • Which content formats are supported by CROSSWALK?

    CROSSWALK currently delivers content payloads in JSON and XML formats.

  • How does the platform control access to the API?

    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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