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BreCOBie Online provides a tool to facilitate the delivery of Construction Operation Building information exchange (COBie) as defined by the Employer and delivered by the Design and Construction team.

 The capabilities of the tool are:

  • The creation of bespoke projects
  • A Delivery Matrix for each Data drop
  • The creation and export of blank COBie templates for each project data drop.
  • The Upload and merging of Multiple COBie files into a single COBie project file.

Visit http://brecobie.bre.co.uk/ for further details

Employer View

An Employer may require the delivery of COBie from the lead designer and/or lead contractor to support the timely delivery of information to support the management of the Facility. A complete COBie should be expected at the time of Handover, but earlier interim deliveries can be used monitor the business case for the facility and to help plan for taking ownership.

The COBie information can be either be kept as delivered, or held in ordinary databases, or it can be loaded into existing Facility Management and Operations applications, either automatically or using simple copy-and-pasting. The owner should be explicit about the purposes for which the information is required and about the timing and content of any interim deliveries.

Designers and Contractors View

COBie allows the team to document their knowledge about a Facility in both its spatial and physical aspects. Spatially it can document the spaces and their grouping into floors/sectors and into other zones. Physically it documents the components and their grouping into product types and into other systems. Usually the information needed to complete the COBie deliverable will be available already, either in your BIM models or in reports and schedules and in other material prepared for handover.

Some information may be offered to you in unstructured formats (such paper and scanned documents), but you should arrange to obtain COBie information on specific aspects from other team members and suppliers

Digital Plan of Works

COBie is a delivery requirement as part of the BIM process. The Employer is required to document what information they require and when they require it in order to aid them in their decision making process.

The CIC has agreed eight standard stages along with specific information delivery points or data drops. An Employer is required to define what COBie information they require relative to each of these stages.