Contributing to international data standards

Cawston Surveying has helped define a number of international data standards, including the UN/CEFACT eTendering Standard, through the personal contribution of Director, Kevin Smith.

Kevin contributed his construction domain knowledge and technical data and process analysis skills to a number of UN/CEFACT projects, ensuring the UK's construction industry requirements were met. He also contributed to the definition of methodologies (Technical Specifications) used to develop these data standards (Business Standards), primarily UN/CEFACT Core Components Technical Specification v3 and UN/CEFACT XML Naming and Design Rules v3.

He was engaged as one of the technical experts/authors for the Guide for a European CORE Invoice data model with UN/CEFACT CII Implementation Guideline, a CEN Workshop Agreement, published by CEN in 2011. This described how published invoice data standards should be technically implemented throughout the European Union.

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Data Standards Technical Support

Kevin provided technical support to Construction Industry Trading Electronically (CITE) for a number of years, helping software companies implement the "CITE Standard" for the electronic exchange of Bills of Quantities (BoQ). He developed a testing suite to validate the CITE export functions of BoQ production software and managed the software certification process for CITE.

Data and Process Analysis

Before setting up his own business, Kevin worked for a major UK contractor as a Business Process Analyst, working on a number of web-based reporting solutions in the late 1990's. He has extensive data and process modelling expertise, using the Unified Modeling Language (UML) as his preferred modelling methodology.

Testimonials

"Kevin provided us with cogent, honest and insightful advice in helping us to develop an approach to a database problem. His experience of the construction industry and data standards therein, is comprehensive and he thus provides a rare combination of skills in this industry." - D Kitching, Director, Desma Systems Ltd