buildingSMART alliance COBie 2011 Challenge for CMMS/CAFM Software: TMA Systems

December 2011 COBie Challenge: TMA Systems

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 WebTMA
Logo Logo (JPG 83 KB)
Version 4.3.5
Overview Presentation (PPT 1 MB)
COBie Configuration Configuration Guide (PDF 75 KB)
Contact Contacts (PDF 75 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 -
system procedures Job check
materials, tools, training Resource check
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 (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)
PM schedules Job Pass
safety procedures Job Pass
systems System -
system procedures Job Pass
materials, tools, training Resource Pass
associated documents Document Pass
replacement parts Spare Pass
space and equipment properties Attribute Pass (2)
space zones Zone Pass


1. Manual settings of some configuration variables and administrative changes to one or two default user input field names is required for proper mapping of COBie data. Refer to configuration guide.

2. COBie.Type and COBie.Type.Attributes were not imported correctly during the private testing but were stated to have been updated prior to public demonstration. Refer to configuration guide/Call vendor to confirm.


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