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BIM Information Exchange Demonstration


Production of COBIE2 via IFC with DDS-CAD MEP

by E. William East, PhD, PE - Engineer Research and Development Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Nicholas Nisbet MA (Cantab) DipArch (UNL) - AEC3

This page provides links to information used to evaluate the listed product's compliance against the requirements of the Industry Foundation Class (IFC) Facility Handover (FM) Model View Definition (MVD) (PDF) and with the Construction Operations Building Information Exchange draft specification requirements (DOC). This testing was conducted for the December 2009 COBie2 Challenge. In the Dec 2009 presentation, vendors created and exported files for a single small apartment building so that the results of the testing could be directly compared. This small project above was also used by those software vendors demonstrating the direct consumption of the FM Handover IFC files. The sample FM Handover MVD IFC file and COBie2 files are also provided for reference.

Producers and consumers of COBie2 data directly could also use the sample COBie2 Railyard Maintenance building project. The Railyard project contains the complete set of COBie2 data including information about installed equipment, warranties, replacement parts, operations and maintenance instructions, and associated documents. The Railyard project without the submittal document files referenced in the COBie2 Documents worksheet may be downloaded here.

The sections below describe the scope of the referenced products demonstration, the files used during the demonstration, the assessment of results. At the bottom of the page is a set of vendor contact information that may be helpful to you as you begin to implement COBie2.

Software Vendor's Presentation

A copy of the presentation made at the Dec 2009 Challenge by the vendor describing their product may be found here (PDF).

Scope of Participation

The scope of this vendor's participation in the demonstration is identified in the tables below.

Method demonstrated:

COBie2 Producer (via. IFC)YES
COBie2 Producer (directly) No
COBie2 Consumer (via. IFC) No
COBie2 Consumer (directly) No

Deliverable content domains demonstrated:

Architectural Domain No
Construction Domain No
O&M Domain No

Vendor's Test Files

Native format:

  • Original apartment model file (not provided by vendor)
  • Updated apartment model file (not provided by vendor)

Exported FM Handover MVD file

Exported file transformed to COBie2 sheet

Assessment Results

The assessment for vendors evaluated the vendor's submissions is provided in the linked files below.

Original Model File Assessment

Updated Model File Assessment

Technical Support

The table below provides contact information provided by the vendor at the Dec 2009 meeting.

Vendor Data Design System ASA
Software Name DDS-CAD MEP
Version 7.0 - English/International - Beta
Necessary configuration FM Handover
Optional configuration OmniClass support
Sales contact Bjorn Stangeland
COBie2 support Rune Jorgensen
Implementation plan Certification in 2010

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