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Common Building Information Model Files and Tools

by E. William East, PhD, PE - Engineer Research and Development Center, U.S Army, Corps of Engineers

How To Use This Page

The information on this page can assist you to:

  • Download "information exchange" example files in different file formats

  • See how model data from different disciplines is organized

  • Compare files to see model content for different domains

  • See how exchanges, such as COBie, change over time

  • Use these common files to evaluate your software's import or export functions

  • Use these common files to teach building information modeling

  • Extend these common files for new information exchanges and research

  • Find and use free tools to help you work with these files

Project 1. Duplex Apartment

The duplex apartment model was originally created by a student who developed this building as part of a design competition. This model was first used at the Dec 2009 COBie Challenge event.

COBie

2012-03-23-Duplex-01-Programming

2012-03-23-Duplex-02-Design

2012-03-23-Duplex-03-ProductSelect

2012-03-23-Duplex-04-ProductInstall

2012-03-23-Duplex-05-Handover

Coordination Model View

2011-09-14-Duplex IFC 2x3 Coordination MVD

2011-09-14-Duplex-IFCAnalyzer

2011-09-14-Duplex-PDF

2011-09-14-Duplex-RVT (as documented in this report and shared parameter information)

Electrical System information exchange (Sparkie) at Design

2012-12-07 IFC 2x3 Sparkie

2012-01-02 Native Model (report in editorial review)

HVAC information exchange (HVACie) at Design

2011-11-24 IFC 2x3

2011-11-24 Native Model (report in editorial review)

2011-11-24 Native Model supplement

Water System information exchange (WSie) at Design

2012-11-13 IFC 2x3

2013-02-01 Native Model (report in editorial review)

Project 2. Office Building

The two story office building model was developed based on the published sample floor plans for a specific type of mid-size office building built in the United States.

COBie Spreadsheet

2012-03-23-Office-COBie

Coordination Model View

2011-09-14-Office IFC 2x3 Coordination MVD

2011-09-14-Office-IFCAnalyzer

2011-09-14-Office-PDF

2011-09-14-Office-RVT (as documented in this report and shared parameter information)

Electrical System information exchange (Sparkie) at Design

2012-12-07 IFC 2x3 Sparkie

2013-02-01 Native Model (report in editorial review)

Water System information exchange (WSie) at Design

2012-12-05 IFC 2x3 WSie

2013-02-01 Native Model (report in editorial review)

Project 3. Medical Clinic

The Clinic Model project is based on a medical and dental clinic building at a location in the South-West United States. The model also comes with a set of redacted design drawings. A representative set of redacted operations and maintenance manuals are also provided in COBie Spreadsheet Format. Please note that vendors' implementations of these files may be found on the bSa Means and Methods Page.

COBie Spreadsheet

2013-03-28-Clinic-Programming-v13

2013-03-28-Clinic-Design-v13

2013-03-28-Clinic-Handover-v13 (ZIP)

COBieLite

COBieLite Clinic Handover Example (ZIP)

COBieLite LCie Examples (ZIP)

Construction Drawings

2012-03-27-Clinic-RedactedDrawings

Coordination Model View

2011-09-14-Clinic IFC 2x3 Coordination MVD

2011-09-14-Clinic-IFCAnalyzer

2011-09-14-Clinic-PDF

2011-09-14-Clinic-RVT (as documented in this report and shared parameter information)

Electrical System information exchange (Sparkie) at Design

2012-12-07 IFC 2x3 Sparkie

2013-02-01 Native Model (report in editorial review)

HVAC information exchange (HVACie) at Design

2012-03-30 IFC 2x3 HVACie

2012-03-30 Native Model (report in editorial review)

2012-03-30 Supplemental Native Files

Water System information exchange (WSie) at Design

2012-12-06 IFC 2x3 WSie

2013-02-01 Native Model (report in editorial review)

Project 4. Barracks 101

Barracks 101 is a small building developed from the standard design of a similar federal government building. As this model includes drawings, it would be a very good for use by students and those conducting initial testing of their software before jumping to the full size Medical Clinic problem model.

COBie Spreadsheet

2013-08-05-Barracks101-Handover

Design Drawings

2013-02-11-Barracks101-DesignDrawings-PDF

AutoCAD files

(coming January 2014)

Free Software

The following is a list of free software that you may find helpful when working with the Common BIM Files. These products are listed without endorsement of any kind. If interested in Commercial software that can be used with these models please see the information exchanges: Means and Methods page

Product (listed alphabetically) Type Description Applicability
Acrobat Reader Free A free, commercial product that maybe used to view 3D PDF files produced from IFC models using paid products Any "ie"
bimServer.org Open Source An IFC-based model server for life-cycle BIM application Any "ie"
(bimserver-baesd)
bimSurfer
Open Source An IFC-based model viewer plug-in that works with bimserver.org Any "ie"
(bimserver-based)
COBie Tool Kit
Open Source A free, model transformation, checking, and reporting a custom build of the bimserver.org product used in COBie Challenge events. COBie, …
bimServices Commercial Free, prototype for model transformation, checking, and reporting. (Last updated 2010) COBie
DDS-CAD Viewer Free A free, commercial IFC modeling tool Any "ie"
EcoDomus PM Commercial Free, commercial product to help validate design information and deliver construction handover information COBie
Google Docs Commercial An example of how to use free Google tools to create web-based spreadsheet for updating COBie data COBie
IFC File Analyzer Free A free, research prototype product that may be used to summarize and report on the content of IFC model files. Any "ie"
ifcStoreyView Free A free, research prototype that may be used to view IFC model files (Last update 2009) Any "ie"
Onuma System Commercial Free, commercial product to check COBie files COBie
Solibri File Optimizer Free A free, commercial product that may be used to reduce the number of repeated IFC objects in a model. The reduction in file size is often substantial Any "ie"

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