capital facilities industry
XML Schemas

capital facilities industry
XML Schemas

capital facilities industry XML Schemas

Electronic Data Exchange

A pragmatic solution to automating information exchange.
For process, manufacturing or power industry engineering data.

Why use cfiXML?

Purchasers, suppliers and engineering contractors share technical information throughout the supply chain for the procurement and operations & maintenance of engineering equipment and plant.
Electronic data exchange allows data to be reliably transferred between them without time consuming, costly and potentially error prone manual transcription of data.

Business Value of Interoperability

Interoperability between 2 or more computer systems is the ability to automatically, meaningfully and accurately interpret useful results, as defined by the end users of each system, by use of a common information exchange reference model.

Deployment of a system to reliably and efficiently share data electronically (i.e. providing interoperability) will potentially save the capital facilities industry millions of dollars a year.

In 2004, NIST reported that lack of software interoperability costs the capital facilities industry at least $15.8 billion annually and $1.6 billion/year in the process industry alone.
(See report...)

Benefits of Electronic Collaboration

  • Collaborators each use their own preferred tools;
  • Work processes are streamlined improving responsiveness;
  • Costs and project length are reduced;
  • The need for expensive and multiple custom-built interfaces is reduced;
  • Data become available for use in multiple applications;
  • Improved data integrity results in error reduction;
  • Provides an audit trail of changes which supports legal compliance and reduces risk of litigation.

The cfiXML Schema Solution

  • Provides a software independent electronic data exchange system, based on a standardized method of describing and storing data;
  • Is public domain, based on W3C Schema;
  • Has been developed and managed by collaborating organizations;
  • Is supported by a large range of XML tools for building software;
  • Is developed to automate information exchange for the design, procurement, delivery, installation, operation and maintenance of engineered equipment;
  • Enables data flow to and from multiple software systems within a company or with other companies;
  • Means that one interface written to the common language gives access to all compliant applications.