Delivering and using Building Information Management (BIM) Council (formerly buildingSMART alliance) information exchange standards may be accomplished with existing software used for planning, design, construction, and facility management and operations activities. The first listed below have worked directly with the BIM Council, through a public process to test and demonstrate their capabilities.
The links below provide you with the most recent assessment of each products performance. Configuration guides and user manuals are also provided, based on the software at the time of the testing. You may also compare the results of testing these tools by opening each tool in a new tab and viewing their results side-by-side in separate browser windows.
Software for Planning
Planning software can now share information using a new bSa format developed through the Building Programming information exchange (BPie) project. An overview of this project from the 2013 BPie Demo may be seen here. The software below has demonstrated their ability to produce BPie information. Their most recent presentations and example files are provided here for your review.
Software for Design
Software used by designers and consultants to produce construction contract documents is listed in this category. COBie Challenge events starting in 2013 checked software to determine (1) if the format of the COBie file is correct, and (2) if the content of the COBie file matches the content of the standard drawings.
|Bentley Systems||AECOsim Building Designer (beta)|
Software for Construction
Software used by builders to produce as-built asset information in COBie format is provided below. To see the specific results and criteria for the Challenge events, click through for a given product.
|Facility Grid||Inquire||LATISTA||LATISTA Field|
Construction HVAC fabrication software can now produce shop drawings in a new bSa format developed through the Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning information exchange (HVACie) project. The software below has
demonstrated their ability to produce HVACie information and the associated COBie ready-for-fabrication HVAC information.
|East Coast CADD/CAM||Fabrication for AutoCAD MEP 5.1|
Software for Facility Management
Software supporting the operations and maintenance of facilities and management of facility assets is the ultimate home for COBie data starting at beneficial occupancy. The following firms have demonstrated, over a series of public events, their ability
to consume all or part of the COBie data set.
|FM: Systems||FM: Interact 8.0.2|
|IBM||MAXIMO EAM 7.5.0 test, 7.1.18+ support|
|Planon||Planon Enterprise Talk|
|Project BluePrint||Code Book & Room Data|
|TMA Systems||Web TMA 4.3.5|
In addition to paid software and services there are free products that support BIMC information exchange projects. Open source tools provide access to both the application and full source code. Free tools provided by commercial providers
typically do not provide source code access.
|Product||Type||Description||BIMC information exchange Scope|
|bimServer.org||Open Source||An IFC-based model server for life-cycle BIM application||Any|
|COBie Plug in for bimServer.org||Open Source||Model transformation, checking, and reporting a custom build of the bimserver.org product used in COBie Challenge events.||COBie|
|Google Docs||Commercial||Web-based spreadsheet for updating COBie data||COBie|
|Onuma System||Commercial||COBie file checker||COBie|
Using COBie Data
The COBie Responsibility Matrix provides several tools to assist your team to define how COBie is produced. This information will be of great value to BIM managers, company system integrators, and software providers.
Team Responsibility. May be used by project teams to assign responsibility for different elements of the COBie data set to different stakeholders.
Deliverable Requirements. Provides a very detailed, life-cycle view, of what COBie information should be delivered when.
Spreadsheet Schema. Provides the schema for the spreadsheet and IFC 2x3 versions of the same COBie data allowing the mapping between these formats.
Type Assets. Identifies those IFC "type" entities that, for the purpose of COBie are not considered to be "managed assets". This allows the filtering of IFC files when software companies fail to provide their own filters.
Component Assets. Identifies those IFC "component" entities that, for the purpose of COBie are not considered to be "managed assets". This allows the filtering of IFC files when software companies fail to provide their own filters.
- Property Sets. Identifies IFC property sets that should be provided as part of the COBie data set. This allows filtering of IFC files when software companies fail to provide their own filters.
While the most effective way to create and use COBie is within software systems listed above, some may be interested in directly using the COBie in the spreadsheet version. The following three templates are provided based on COBie version 2.4:
- Blank Template (Without color coding of any type )
- Design Template (With color coding reflecting expected content of design deliverables)
- Handover Template (With color coding reflecting expected content of construction handover )