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

March 2013 COBie Challenge for Facility Management Software: IBM

by Angela Lewis, P.E., PhD, Facility Engineering Associates
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 Spreadsheet 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 Maximo for Enterprise Asset Management
Logo Logo (JPG 134 KB)
Version 7.5.03
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 check
safety procedures Job check
systems System check
materials, tools, training Resource Half
associated documents Document check
replacement parts Spare check
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  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
PM schedules Job Pass
safety procedures Job Pass (1)
systems System Pass
materials, tools, training Resource Pass (2)
associated documents Document Pass
replacement parts Spare Pass (3)
space and equipment properties Attribute Pass (4, 5)
space zones Zone Pass


1. Safety procedures do not include frequency information due to software configuration.

2. Only half of the resource information was uploaded due to software configuration. Specifically, materials information was not uploaded, thus not tested.

3. Information found by looking up type name for the replacement part.

4. When perimeter is an attribute, it is shown in the location information section of Maximo, not with the other attribute data. Including the perimeter information with the location information allows the information to be used for analysis to support space management.

5. Only fields with data are displayed within the software. Thus, if a field is listed in COBie, but no data is provided, the field will not be displayed.


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