The talk of software interoperability continues to pick up in the construction industry. From agcXML to COSA (Construction Open Software Alliance), the industry continues to rally around the idea of sharing information between the various technology systems available for the construction market.

One standard in particular, agcXML, has been given a revival of sorts as of late, as Burger Consulting Group, www.burgerconsulting.com, Chicago, Ill., was recently brought on by the AGC (Associated General Contractors of America), www.agc.org, Arlington, Va., to help support the development and promotion of the standard. This was originally established in 2008 to enable the reliable exchange of transactional data involved in a typical construction project including submittals, RFIs (requests for information), payment data, and addenda, among others.

Technology providers such as Viewpoint Construction Software, www.viewpointcs.com, Portland, Ore., have been committed to this initiative and believe the timing is right to revive these efforts.

Fast forward to 2012 and enter COSA. The group, initially spearheaded by JB Knowledge, www.jbknowledge.com, Bryan, Texas, is also focusing on open standards with partners that include To-Scale Software, www.toscaleplans.com, Cincinnati, Ohio, eSUB, www.esubinc.com, San Diego, Calif., and Sage North America, www.na.sage.com, Beaverton, Ore. The group is looking to demonstrate open-standards based software integration.

Certainly, other efforts for software interoperability are also making an impact on the construction industry. Take the Construction Software Alliance as an example. This group is dedicated specifically to promoting best-of-breed, third-party solutions for Sage products. Such group members include Anterra, www.anterra.com, Dallas, Texas, Core Associates, www.core-assoc.com, Jupiter, Fla., Event 1 Software, www.event1software.com, Vancouver, Wash., hh2, www.hh2.com, Centerville, Utah, and Piracle, www.piracle.com, Salt Lake City, Utah.

In fact, add On Center Software, www.oncenter.com, The Woodlands, Texas, to that list. Yesterday, the estimating and takeoff provider announced it has joined the Construction Software Alliance. As such, On Center Software’s On-Screen Takeoff is able to deliver information directly to Sage products.

The group says whether dealing with check printing, takeoff, remote time capture, reporting, business intelligence, invoice routing, human resources, and more, the Construction Software Alliance has assembled best-of-breed solutions in order to save both time and money.

Interested in learning more about the reboot of agcXML as well as the overall future of software integration in the construction industry? Make sure to check out the print or digital edition of the May/June issue of Constructech magazine, which includes an exclusive article covering the future of software interoperability in the construction industry.