buildingSMART alliance COBie 2012 Challenge for CAFM/CMMS Software

March 2012 COBie Challenge for CAFM/CMMS Software

by Danielle Love - Engineer Research and Development Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Executive Summary

The Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) standard, now part of the National BIM Standard- United States (NBIMS-US), delivers building asset information necessary for the successful maintenance and management of facilities. Because COBie is an open standard, Computerized Asset and Facility Management (CAFM) systems and Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) are able to import COBie data and pre-populate data fields. This saves facility managers hundreds of man-hours normally spent manually entering the information. The purpose of the March 2012 COBie Challenge was for CAFM/CMMS software vendors to demonstrate their product's ability to consume COBie data. This page provides information on the March Challenge, which was held in conjunction with the National Facility Maintenance and Technologies (NFM&T) trade show.


The objective of the March 2012 Challenge was for CAFM/CMMS software vendors to demonstrate the ability of their products to import COBie data for the purposes of facility/asset management and maintenance. Participants were supplied with tests models that contain the native file format and COBie file for each model to develop their product's import routine. A series of quality assurance meetings took place to evaluate each product's importation of COBie data for completeness and accuracy. The results of the challenge were publically presented at NFMT.

Before the participants presentations, a brief introduction about COBie as well as the specific criteria for the challenge were presented to the audience.

COBie 2.4

Like the December 2011 Challenge, this challenge used COBie version 2.4. COBie 2.4 updates the requirements established in COBie 2.26. However, it does not change the data schema described in the COBie 2.26 ballot, which was approved under NBIMS-US v2.

Test Models

Challenge participants were provided with two test models, a duplex apartment building and a medical clinic building. The duplex model was used by the participants to create or update their software's import routines. For the quality assurance sessions and the public demonstration, challenge participants were required to use the clinic model. Both models can be found on the Common Building Information Model Files page.

Information Categories and Quality Assurance

Because each CAFM/CMMS software vendor provides different capabilities, challenge participants were given the opportunity to identify which pieces of COBie information their software consumed. This ensured that each vendor was only tested on information that is appropriate for their software. Below is a table of the information being tested and the associated COBie worksheets.

InformationCOBie Worksheets
Spaces and Equipment Space, Type, Component
PM Schedules Job
Safety Procedures Job
Systems System
System Procedures Job
Materials, Tools, Training Resource
Associated Documents Document
Replacement Parts Spare
Space and Equipment Properties Attribute
Space Zones Zone

Once the testable information was identified, challenge participants underwent a quality assurance review. During the review, the author of this page viewed a live demonstration of the import process and asked a series of questions to check the quality and accuracy of the imported data.


The summary of results of the quality control/assurance checklist, live testing, and live public demonstration for the March 2012 COBie Challenge are provided in the table below.

CompanyProductChallenge PresentationChallenge Result
Eagle Technology Proteus MMX PDF Pass
FM: Systems FM: Interact PDF Pass
Onuma Onuma System PowerPoint Pass
TMA Systems WebTMA 4.3.5 PowerPoint Pass

COBie Case Studies

As part of this event, three case studies were presented from the vendors. The purpose of these case studies was to demonstrate the value of COBie to existing project teams. Each case study followed the proposed methodology as presented in the May 2011 COBie Case Study meeting held in conjunction with the Construction Owners Association of America.

CompanyProductCase Study Presentation
Broaddus Associates Proteus MMX PDF
EcoDomus EcoDomus FM MP4
TMA Systems WebTMA 4.3.5 PDF

An additional case study presentation was shown by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center. This presentation highlighted the different problems encountered with the design COBie data and necessary manual work to make this data useful to the FM.

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