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buildingSMART alliance COBie 2011 Challenge for CMMS/CAFM Software: IBM

December 2011 COBie Challenge: IBM

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

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 December 2011 COBie Challenge focused on the consumption of COBie data by Computerized Maintenance Management Systems and Computerized Asset Management Systems. In this challenge, design 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 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 IBM Maximo Enterprise Asset Management
Logo Logo (JPG 83 KB)
Overview Presentation (PDF 1 MB)
COBie Configuration Configuration
Contact Doug Wood
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 check
system procedures Job -
materials, tools, training Resource -
associated documents Document -
replacement parts Spare -
space and equipment properties Attribute check
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 (PDF) 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)
spaces and equipment Space, Type, Component Pass (1,2)
PM schedules Job -
safety procedures Job -
systems System Pass
system procedures Job -
materials, tools, training Resource -
associated documents Document -
replacement parts Spare -
space and equipment properties Attribute Pass
space zones Zone Pass


1. Classifications in COBie must be preset in MAXIMO for them to be imported correctly. Given alternative and evolving versions of classification methods this constraint should be addressed by providing designers with the mandated list of classifications prior to beginning their design.

2. Component.Space may contain a list of spaces in which the component is contained. Doors were the example tested in this COBie Challenge. Internal doors identify both spaces. External doors have a single space. Maximo imports the first door of the two in the list. Given that the rules by which design software creates the list, it may not be the case that Maximo imports the space expected by the facility manager.


2008 Customizing MAXIMO for COBie Import (PDF)

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