Construction is the last major industry grouping to address the need for collaborative business processes. In other sectors common communication protocols have become the norm. Not only is this reflected in industry — e.g. manufacturing process, where production data exchange is common across software and component suppliers alike — but in day-to-day working, such as mobile communications where products and networks can communicate. Now common data environments (CDE) provide the construction industry with the tools to collaborate with documents, data and models.