The Construction Open Software Alliance (COSA) is a community of construction industry professionals who support open integration standards in construction software.

ABOUT US

We believe in facilitating an uninhibited flow of information between the complementary software applications construction professionals depend on most. We believe that a one-stop-suite is not always the best choice and that it is much more efficient for the end user to operate multiple applications when they integrate seamlessly. We believe this is possible through open application standards that are developed and implemented by construction technology providers to facilitate the transfer of cross-application data.

The Associated General Contractors of America developed the agcXML standard in 2004 as the first effort to standardize and encourage the efficient exchange of data between software solutions in the construction industry. Initially, many industry technology providers did not adopt the open standards developed. In 2012, COSA’s founding technology provider members renewed the open standards effort in hopes that establishing a grassroots approach by the software providers themselves would encourage broader adoption and collaboration.

As of 2014, agcXML and COSA have joined forces and consolidated resources to continue developing data integration standards and continue refinement of the 15 schemas already developed between the two organizations.

Ultimately, the success of COSA depends on industry technology providers implementing the integration standards developed and making them available to end users for use.

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OUR MEMBERS

Technology Providers

Our technology provider members work together to find data synergies with complementary software, for example, an estimating takeoff software builds the plan files that then need to be uploading to a bid invitation software. After identifying these synergies and the data they involve, our technology providers develop integration schemas that will allow for the seamless transfer of that data between their software. This means with one click, or through an automatic synchronization, the builder using both the estimating takeoff software and the bid invitation software can transfer data between the two, even though the software are from different technology providers.

Building Contractors

We will start accepting building contractor members in 2015. These members will be essential to testing the integration standards applicable to the software they use. As the end users of the software and integrations, COSA will depend on building contractor members to continue to demand integration for their end users and provide continued feedback on how to improve data integration standards.

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SmartBidNet is a cloud-based invitation to bid, project file distribution, prequalification and subcontractor management system for commercial builders.
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eSUB provides a cloud-based project management, timecard management, corporate management and bid tracking application for commercial subcontractors.
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NoteVault converts voice from mobile phones into text for daily construction reports. Users can log voice notes, photos, and video for complete documentation and tracking.
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STACK Technologies (formerly Cloud Takeoff) provides cloud-based solutions that simplify digital plan takeoffs, plan distribution, and real-time collaboration among general contractor, subcontractor, and supplier users.
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Online Plan Service is a web-based solution that facilitates online plan rooms for viewing, uploading, and downloading project information and documents.
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Sage Construction and Real Estate solutions help contractors manage more than 400,000 projects and 5.7 million subcontracts each year.
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PipelineSuite is a cloud-based system that allows general contractors to streamline preconstruction bid management functions including bid solicitation, plans and bid document distribution, addendum notices, and subcontractor pre-qualification.
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Chameleon helps clients optimize their financial and operating performance by measuring inefficiencies transactionally (RFI’s, Submittals, Change Order Requests, etc.) to the 100th of the manhour, then provides remedies that permanently reduce costs and improve quality.
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The AECCloud solution powered by The Cram Group delivers unified, integrated solutions with a modular approach. Consumption-based offerings makes it easier for users to access applications and information based on the NIST Cloud definition.
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Mobile Data Collection Software allows companies to collect and manage real-time labor, production, and cost from remote locations on mobile smart phones, tablets, and laptops, then syncs the data with accounting and payroll software.
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TSheets allows employees to track time from a computer or mobile phone with text, dial in, or GPS-enabled apps. By syncing with payroll software, TSheets monitors billable hours, PTO, and GPS locations in real-time.
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EADOC delivers a collaborative construction project management application for securely connecting entire project teams. EADOC controls project communication, documentation, and cost data as it moves across the team.
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Asta Powerproject is a project management software solution used to plan and manage construction projects of all sizes.
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Jonas Premier is a cloud-based construction accounting software solution for small to medium sized general contractors. Running in the cloud, it provides you with the ability to access and input key business information anytime, anywhere.
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StratusVue offers an integrated, cloud-based platform of collaboration solutions. The StratusVue System streamlines Invitation to Bid, Project and Document Management, and BIM-enabled Closeout and Turnover tasks.
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Estimates is the new Microsoft® Office like software for construction project estimating with open XML interfaces and direct BIM integration with e.g. Revit, i-model, IfC, and MS Project.
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zlien is a cloud-based platform that automates and optimizes the lien & bond claim process for construction industry participants.
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ProEst is an estimating software that helps construction companies quickly create accurate, competitive bids. Users can create estimates, perform digital takeoffs, store project drawings and manage the bid day process using a single solution.
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IPM is a scalable, fully integrated Project Management Solution built for businesses within the AEC Sector. Functionality includes contract management, document control and native integration with Microsoft Office®, including Outlook.
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ANGL is a web based collaboration tool for teams that build. Less work, managing work.
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Ryvit is a scalable, construction focused iPaaS+ platform that enables application vendors of all sizes to easily provide integration offerings to their client base and leverage our expansive buying audience.
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agcXML

In October of 2014, the Associated General Contractors of America selected COSA to officially take over stewardship of the agcXML effort, dedicating resources from member firms to develop and deliver open source integration standards that industry technology providers can build into their software.

agcXML was founded by the Associated General Contractors of America in 2004 to remedy the construction data integration gap and develop open source integration standards that industry technology providers could build into their software. The project was managed by the then Electronic Information Systems (EIS) committee now known as the IT Forum Steering Committee. The project was a collaboration between AGC and NIBS. These standards allow independent software to ‘communicate’ with each other – simplifying data transfer and collaboration for the end user.

As the baton is passed from AGC to COSA in this initiative, agcXML staff, legacy contractor and technology provider members will join the COSA initiative.

About AGC

A full service national trade association with a nationwide network of exceptional chapters, AGC represents more than 26,000 leading firms in the industry – including general contractors, specialty contractors and service providers and suppliers. Operating in partnership with its nationwide network of chapters, AGC provides a full range of services satisfying the needs and concerns of its members, thereby improving the quality of construction and protecting the public interest. AGC members play a powerful role in sustaining economic growth, in addition to producing structures that add to productivity and the nation’s quality of life. AGC is truly the “voice and choice” of the construction industry. Learn more at www.agc.org

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THE STANDARDS

Listed in the form below are the data integration standards that have been developed by both COSA and agcXML. They are currently being tested and implemented by software providers throughout the construction industry. These standards allow end users to easily transfer similar data between their software solutions.

This is an open integration effort, so our standards are free to download and implement. We encourage all construction software providers who manage the data formats listed below to download and test the standard for use within their software. By facilitating data integration with complementary solutions, software providers create a seamless experience for their end users, and eliminate the costs and inefficiencies of manual data transfer.

To access and download the standards listed below, please complete the form. You will then receive an email with more information. And remember, after you have reviewed and tested the standards, be sure to visit our contact page to send us your feedback.














 
 

CONTACT

Please submit the form below to contact us for more information about the Construction Open Software Alliance.