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ARCHICAD 100% COBie Compliant
February 18th, 2016 by Mary Moscarello
E. William (Bill) East, the inventor of Construction Operations Building Information Exchange known as COBie – a data format for the publication of a subset of building model information focused on delivering building information not geometric modeling says ARCHICAD is 100% COBie-compliant. According to the Building Smart Alliance COBie “…is an information exchange specification for the life-cycle capture and delivery of information needed by facility managers. COBie can be viewed in design, construction, and maintenance software as well as in simple spreadsheets. This versatility allows COBie to be used all projects regardless of size and technological sophistication.”
Having a reliable international standard to share information can streamline an otherwise wasteful construction handover process. Using COBie specification involves identification of the content of the information that must be captured and exchanged at each phase of the project to begin to reduce the waste associated with the current paper process. The designer is required to provide the space layout, system list, types of equipment, and the location of named equipment. The builder adds equipment make, model and serial number and provides manufacturer literature, warranty and replacement parts information. The commissioning agent provides the job plan data with associated tools, training and equipment requirements.
East, has been working with Rob Jackson, Associate Director of Bond Bryan Architects, to simulate the early design in ARCHICAD of one of four dormitories on a fictitious site adjacent to the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. The goal is to create a reference COBie test project.
As the design developed, the COBie Plugin for BIMserver.org was iteratively applied to resolve identified issues. In some cases, these issues were the result of modeling. Other issues required direct feedback with ARCHICAD programmers. This communication was extremely helpful, efficient, and resulted in several software change tickets for which work-arounds were applied for this project.
According to East, “The results of this experiment demonstrated 100% compliance with ARCHICAD against NBIMS-US V3, Design Stage COBie requirements.”
East is currently Owner, Prairie Sky Consulting, where he helps owners and contractors specify and meet COBie requirements. is an innovator whose career spans the areas of planning and scheduling, quality management, and building information modeling. In 2007, East invented the Construction-Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie). COBie is