RIBA and CPI launch a free and digitised data edition of Uniclass Online

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Construction Project Information committee (CPI) have today launched Uniclass Online, a fully digitised and free online edition of the Uniclass construction classification system.

Uniclass Online provides a free and integrated construction classification system to assist construction professionals, particularly those committed to a Building Information Modelling (BIM) approach as promoted by the government's construction strategy. Using the latest Semantic Web and open data standards, Uniclass Online also aligns with the government's open data programme.

Uniclass Online is funded by the Technology Strategy Board, and undertaken jointly by the RIBA Technical Research department and the University of the Arts London. The resource is part of the construction industry trend for delivering dynamic online resources that can be referenced, re-used and imported into BIM software.

RIBA Head of Technical Research, Anne Dye, said:

'Uniclass Online is an important step towards making better quality, relevant data readily available to support the design and construction process. The RIBA is delighted to be working with the CPI on this initiative.'

Notes to editors

  • For press enquires contact Howard Crosskey in the RIBA press office howard.crosskey@riba.org 020 73073761.
  • To visit the beta version of Uniclass Online visit www.bimgateway.co.uk.  
  • The CPI is an umbrella body of construction institutions and organisations, which includes the RIBA.
  • Uniclass (Unified classification for the Construction Industry) is a classification system for all aspects of the design and construction process, first published in 1997. Uniclass has been adopted by many services and products, most notably the National Building Specification (NBS).
  • A copy of the government's construction strategy can be found here: Report to the Government Construction Clients Board on Building Information Modelling and Management.