COBie

COBie

Simplifying Data Exchange for Construction and Building Processes

COBie – What is it?

COBie is the abbreviation of “Construction Operation Building Information Exchange”. This is a data format or information exchange specification that is intended to offer integrated and complete project data.

COBie is a data format or information exchange specification that is intended to offer integrated and complete project data.

Simplifying Data Exchange for Construction and Building Processes

The information collected through COBie is both updated and maintained throughout the project life cycle which helps in managing and controlling the entire cycle cost of the building. It is ideally used to record project data at the origination point to support construction operations maintenance as well as asset management from the moment the built-asset is in service. It can be used to document both infrastructure and building asset information like:

  • Equipment lists
  • Warranties
  • Product-data sheets
  • List of spare parts
  • Preventive maintenance schedule

Please note that the Construction Operations Building Information Exchange standards only capture the best industry practices and knowledge, but do not by any way dictate the information requirements for a project handover. This is the responsibility of the owner.

Why Opt for COBie?

COBie identifies the information content that must be recorded, captured and exchanged at every project stage. This reduces the waste that is associated with the existing process that involves recording project information on paper.

COBie enables the project designer to provide information like space layout, types of equipment, system list and the specific location of equipment named. On the other hand, the builder adds the equipment model, make and serial number and provides manufacturer warranty, literature and information of the replacement parts. The commissioning agent also records the job plan data including the requirements for associated training, tools and equipment. The ongoing recording of all this information at every stage of the process helps manage the building process better while controlling associated project cost. Plus, it also helps in efficient product data handover (from construction to operations).

Data Format

The information through COBie can be delivered and represented in a variety of formats. However, the most common COBie data representation is in spreadsheet form. The simple and easy to understand structure of these sheets makes participation possible in the open BIM workflow and that too, without any BIM tool or prior knowledge of the IFC model.

For more information about COBie and how we can help you with your project, get in touch with us today. You can contact us via telephone on 01482 866768 or email at admin@frame3d.co.uk. Our friendly representative can guide you through and answer all your queries to your complete satisfaction. Give us the opportunity to serve you!