Building information modeling is providing significant benefits to the design and construction process, but achieving its full promise presents new technology and business opportunities. This blog is dedicated to making the journey with eyes wide open.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie) | Whole Building Design Guide
"Normally it takes us 3 years to get as-builts after the financial closeout of a project. Now I can get a pre-built equipment list before the building even breaks ground? Outstanding!" – Deputy Director, Department of Public Works
Gathering this information at the end of the job, today's standard practice, is expensive, since most of the information has to be recreated from information created earlier. COBie simplifies the work required to capture and record project handover data.
The COBie approach is to enter the data as it is created during design, construction, and commissioning, see Figure 1. Designers provide floor, space, and equipment layouts. Contractors provide make, model, and serial numbers of installed equipment. Much of the data provided by contractors comes directly from product manufacturers who can also participate in COBie.