A match made in heaven. Well maybe or maybe not. But when it comes to including data, moving it from one digital bucket to another, BIM and COBie can be a wonderful match. You may already know what BIM is, but COBie may be a new acronym. Wikipedia says COBie is the Construction Operations Building Information Exchange. COBie is a data format for the publication of a subset of building model information focused on delivering building information not geometric modeling. COBie helps capture and record important project data at the point of origin, including equipment lists, product data sheets, warranties, spare parts lists, and preventive maintenance schedules. This information is essential to support operations, maintenance and asset management once the built asset is in service.
If I may paint a picture to describe a scenario… Our BIM/Revit model has valuable content, information and data that we need to get into a Facilities Management (FM) software to track these items/assets now that construction of a building is complete, and per the owner’s BIM Requirement we are obligated to do so.
Autodesk has provided a COBie Extension for Revit to assist in the data moving process.