buildingSMART alliance January 2014 Challenge
by Bill East, PhD, PE - Engineer Research and Development Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Information exchange standards developed by the buildingSMART alliance streamline information flow through the life of capital projects. buildingSMART alliance Challenge events allow software companies to demonstrate their ability to meet these standards.
Challenge criteria requires that software companies produce and or consume the required information exchanges consistent with both the format and content required to meet the stated business objective. An independent quality control process is conducted to verify software claims. Software vendors are required to demonstrate their products and provide sufficient configuration information to allow users to repeat this process on their own projects. This page reports on the progress of software vendors to produce and consume open-standard building information as demonstrated at the January 2014 bSa Challenge.
The technical standards included in the United States National BIM Standard are Industry Foundation Class (IFC) Model View Definitions (MVDs). While the IFC could be used to represent and exchange any type of building information, for a given job some subset of that IFC model will only be needed. A MVD defines the subset of IFC-based information needed to do some specific work. Just like any other human artifact MVDs are designed for specific purpose.
The January 2014 bSa Challenge reflected the emerging maturity of the most widely established of the US National BIM Standard, COBie, and the introduction of NBIMS-US V3 ballots for a set of related BIM standards. The way in which these MVDs work together is explained here.
In the following sections, the presentations are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs unless otherwise noted.
NIBS Welcome (no slides)
The buildingSMART alliance is in a unique position to change the way we plan, design, build, and operate facilities. Thank you for being part of it!
NBIMS-US V3 Is Coming
The US National BIM Standard, Version 3 is on track for publication in Summer 2014.
NBIMS-US V3 Information Exchange Ballots
NBIMS-US V3 Information exchange projects point to new paradigm for planning, designing, building, and sustaining our engineered environment.
Corps of Engineers' COBie Mandate (no slides)
The Corps of Engineers plans to mandating COBie deliverables on all design-build and construction contracts let starting in October 2014.
Corps of Engineers' COBie Tool Kit (no slides)
The Corps of Engineers will define a very clear construction workflow to replace existing paper deliverables with mini-COBie templates.
COBie in the UK
COBie is an internationally recognized standard that is currently in use on all large public projects in the United Kingdom.
The COBie Calculator
Designers, builders, and owners can now calculate the COBie business-case for themselves.
COBie Project and Team Overview
As COBie matures Construction and CMMS/CAFM software vendors can influence future direction of COBie and get tested as-needed.
What is a bSa Challenge?
Files meeting the NBIMS-US can be automatically tested with open-source tools. Contents must match current deliverable requirements.
Building Programming Information exchange (BPie)—Demonstration
Standard room and equipment data can now be used to manage requirements during the project life-cycle
COBie at Design, Construction Documents Stage—Challenge
Design software is now able to produce COBie data that matches the information found in the equivalent design drawings and schedules.
Data Management Presentations
Software firms can support information workflows with their data management solutions.
Case Studies and Innovations
Sharing the on-the-ground stories of COBie at the construction site, and new technological innovations drive COBie success.
COBie at the Construction Handover State—Challenge
Construction software market is sufficiently mature to allow as-needed testing of COBie deliverables rather than annual on-site events.
COBie Construction Team Meeting
Construction software manufactures' have now collectively taken ownership of the future directions for COBie.
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