COBie & its Relation to BIM

A BIM Manager is responsible for managing and supervising the collation and coordination of COBie data. But what is COBie & its Relation to BIM and how it is associated with BIM (Building Information Modeling)?

What is COBie?

COBie signifies the Construction Operations Building Information Exchange. It’s an international standard related to the exchange of building information. Usually, COBie is used in the product data delivery from the construction to the operations team. The COBie specifications capture the industry knowledge and the best practice but don’t dictate the information for the project handover, the responsibility of which rests with the project owner.

A Brief Account of COBie:

Way back in 2011, the Government of the United Kingdom published BIM Working Party Strategy, proclaiming that all projects should be completed with 3D BIM collaboration by 2016. The software requirements along with the data contained in this report are entitled as COBie.

This was because construction delivery has been a bit of struggle as the information generated in the project is partially applicable to the operations team. Further, this entails a lot of new documentation that should be produced and collated for them, in the form of documents and paper drawings in binders. The bulk of the documentation work thus gets delayed until the end of the project which is usually the time when budgets have been spent with an impending deadline. Through the digitizedworld, the information gets moved from the archive room onto the file server.

Fundamental Values of COBie:

COBie is considered to be a great stepping stone in the process of transferring construction information from paper to online. This is because the prime objective of COBie lies in substituting the home-based exchange templates & point at the solutions with an additional building information management.

The fundamental values of COBie include:

  • Categorization – One of the key foundation principles for COBie is using a classification system – though there is no specification. It depends on the project owner as to which classification scheme they will use. The point of using a classification system is that it facilitates users in navigating information that helps the project owners.
  • Data Model – COBie is allied to the Smart Building data model, which indicates that COBie shares the best practices of the industry. This helps in the easy integration of construction and design tools through the COBie IFC data model.
  • Set-up – The information in COBie provides users the selection of various formats of delivery, comprising of a spreadsheet data transfer. The exquisiteness of this format is that it makes the partaking in an open BIM workload without the need for any information on the IFC data model or a precise BIM (Building Information Modeling) tool.

Structure of COBie Data Model:

COBie shares the structure of the building smart data model, featuring 3 main areas including Design, Build & Common. The design area constitutes the core of the information and comprises of the following information like:

  • Components – A vital part of an asset register
  • Kinds of Product Category
  • Spaces/Rooms
  • Zones/ Grouping of Space
  • Building Facilities
  • Equipment of Floors & Systems

The building information encompasses an occupation, resource & replacement and is an endeavor to assemble the non-standardized data found in the documents like maintenance strategies, operating guides and spare part lists. The shared things cover data to be linked to all items in the other categories, such as the contacts of the people involved in the project, documents about the delivered equipment, features including the method of tagging customized data to any item type and classification.

So, COBie & its Relation to BIM is technically a simple concept & a system where you can start small and grow as the building project grows. To know more about BIM services, get in touch with Tejjy Inc. at 202-465-4830 or send us an email to info@tejjy.com.

Sukh Singh
Published by Sukh Singh

Sukh Singh is the COO of Tejjy Inc – the man on whom the vision of Tejjy Inc has dawned. He is the fountainhead of ideas for development, lines of operations, new vistas, domain verticals, and technical integration with other industries, diversification and complementary lines of practice. Sukh is the head of vision for Construction Management, BIM & Engineering Solutions. He has extensively worked with the Engineering Firms, Architects, Construction and Government agencies in the USA.