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Data exchange

Nine organisations are to carry out a trial of electronic document exchange using a new Project Information Exchange standard developed under the Construction Industry Trading Electronically initiative.

The firms are members of the PIX development group and will be testing the standard over a three month period in advance of full exposure to site operations. The trial will also demonstrate the project and raise awareness within the participating companies, says CITE community manager Tim Cole.

CITE's PIX is seen as a comprehensive solution to the exchange of project information. Organisations in construction rely on

the effective exchange and retention of a wide range of information such as architect's instructions, technical queries

and transmittal notes.

Under PIX, a single exchange format has been specified for the transfer of structured information. This can be used to import data into different software packages, so that firms have the freedom to chose how to handle the information.

Five different document types are covered: instructions, queries, vouchers, notices and certificates and others.

CITE is also developing industry standards for the exchange of product, price and availability information. Two parallel standards are being developed, one geared to use of the Internet for exchanging information.

Further information from CITE, tel: (01386) 793300.

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