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buildingSMART alliance January 2014 Challenge
by Bill East, PhD, PE - Engineer Research and Development Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Information exchange standards developed by the buildingSMART alliance streamline information flow through the life of capital projects. buildingSMART alliance Challenge events allow software companies to demonstrate their ability to meet these standards.
Challenge criteria requires that software companies produce and or consume the required information exchanges consistent with both the format and content required to meet the stated business objective. An independent quality control process is conducted to verify software claims. Software vendors are required to demonstrate their products and provide sufficient configuration information to allow users to repeat this process on their own projects. This page reports on the progress of software vendors to produce and consume open-standard building information as demonstrated at the January 2014 bSa Challenge.
The technical standards included in the United States National BIM Standard are Industry Foundation Class (IFC) Model View Definitions (MVDs). While the IFC could be used to represent and exchange any type of building information, for a given job some subset of that IFC model will only be needed. A MVD defines the subset of IFC-based information needed to do some specific work. Just like any other human artifact MVDs are designed for specific purpose.
The January 2014 bSa Challenge reflected the emerging maturity of the most widely established of the US National BIM Standard, COBie, and the introduction of NBIMS-US V3 ballots for a set of related BIM standards. The way in which these MVDs work together is explained here.
In the following sections, the presentations are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs unless otherwise noted.
NIBS Welcome (no slides)
Corps of Engineers' COBie Mandate (no slides)
Corps of Engineers' COBie Tool Kit (no slides)
Building Programming Information exchange (BPie)—Demonstration
COBie at Design, Construction Documents Stage—Challenge
Data Management Presentations
Case Studies and Innovations
COBie at the Construction Handover State—Challenge
COBie Construction Team Meeting