GRAPHISOFT has reported that they have successfully completed the buildingSMART alliance January 2014 Challenge in the COBie Design and Construction Documents Category. With zero errors, ArchiCAD 17 fulfilled 100 percent of the COBie requirements.
For those who are not aware, COBie stands for Construction Operations Building Information Exchange. The COBie data standard is focused on a subset of building model information. You can read more about it here.
ArchiCAD 17 produces COBie data that matches the information found in the equivalent design drawings and schedules. Based on a quality control report, no format errors were found. ArchiCAD also correctly exported the data as required by the COBie Challenge. This means that when a user receives a COBie (IFC) file exported from ArchiCAD, they will not have to spend time correcting it. Support for COBie is important in the US as well as in the UK and all other English-speaking countries.
Other BIM Firsts
Back in September of 2013, ArchiCAD was the first architectural BIM software to win certification for IFC 2×3 Coordination View version 2.0 import and export. Based on these two achievements, GRAPHISOFT has again proven that ArchiCAD is fully committed to supporting the Coordination View and Basic FM Handover View (required by COBie)–the two most important IFC standards (so called Model View Definitions) for OPEN BIM-based data exchange.
To learn more about GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD 17 go here: www.graphisoft.com