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buildingSMART alliance March 2013 COBie Challenge for Facility Management Software: Planon

March 2013 COBie Challenge for Facility Management Software: Planon

NATIONAL FACILITY MAINTENANCE AND TECHNOLOGY (NFMT) SHOW
BALTIMORE, MD
by Angela Lewis, P.E., PhD, Facility Engineering Associates
Chris Bogen, PhD, Engineer Research and Development Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Terry Cocherl, Facility Engineering Associates

The Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) information exchange format is a non-proprietary platform for the exchange of facility life-cycle data needed by facility managers. A COBie Challenge is a public event where the production and/or consumption of COBie data are presented by the software company with an independent assessment of the results of that product's ability to meet the COBie data format and data quality requirements. The March 2013 COBie Challenge for Facility Management Software focused on the consumption of COBie data by commercial off the shelf facility management software. In this challenge, facility management software vendors imported a set of simulated facility management information for the Common BIM files project, the Medical/Dental Clinic. The specific model file used was the COBie Handover XML V12 file (ZIP).

This page provides links to the information presented at the Challenge to evaluate the product listed against the COBie specification. The version of COBie exercised in this challenge was COBie 2.4. COBie 2.4 was introduced for this challenge for two reasons. COBie 2.4 ensures consistency between the SPie product data exchanges and COBie format. COBie 2.4 also ensures compliance with United Kingdom mandate for COBie starting in 2012. COBie 2.4 is backward compatible with previous COBie versions from 2.24 forward.

Product Information

Product Planon ProCenter
Logo Logo (JPG 134 KB)
Version R13
Overview Presentation (PDF 1.3 MB)
COBie Configuration Configuration Guide (PDF 3.4 MB)
Contact Contact Information (DOC 12 KB)
COBie Producer? No
COBie Consumer? Yes

COBie Consumer Challenge

The following table identifies which of the COBie handover information was consumed by the subject product.

Information COBie Sheet Imported
spaces and equipment Space, Type, Component check
PM schedules Job -
safety procedures Job -
systems System -
materials, tools, training Resource -
associated documents Document -
replacement parts Spare -
space and equipment properties Attribute -
space zones Zone check

To assess the quality of the imported information a series of meetings was held with each vendor leading up to the public challenge event. The objective of these meetings was to evaluate the products ability to consume the information noted in the table above using a quality control checklist  developed for the Clinic building information being consumed. The completed checklist (PDF) contains the full analysis of the imports achieved by the vendor. A summary of the result is provided below with footnotes indicating any special comments made during the quality assurance process.

Information COBie Sheet Result (Notes) (1)
spaces and equipment Space, Type, Component Pass (2, 3)
PM schedules Job -
safety procedures Job -
systems System -
materials, tools, training Resource -
associated documents Document -
replacement parts Spare -
space and equipment properties Attribute -
space zones Zone Pass

Notes:

1. XML version of COBie 2.4, COBie Lite RC2, was imported. Planon chose to adopt the new COBie Lite schema because it eliminates a lot of complexity and overhead required to parse spreadsheet cells and transform them into data structures. All other participants in the 2013 COBie Challenge for Facility Managers imported the spreadsheet version of the standard. For more information see COBie Lite.

2. Contacts information was not uploaded within the scope of this challenge, thus manufacturer and warranty guarantor information was not imported.

3. Configuration of the software only includes the warranty start date. Thus, the duration of the warranty is not shown.

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