There have been a few heated discussions within the industry about application of COBie for infrastructure projects. COBie, which stands for Construction Operation Building information exchange, is the vendor-neutral industry standard for data exchange. It was the first standard adopted internationally for data handover from construction to operations. COBie is mandatory in the UK, and is required by many large organizations in the United States and other countries.
COBie purists supports the approach that the standard is only applicable to regular buildings, and not for linear assets, and that there are elements of buildings that should not be part of the information exchange (i.e. walls or slabs). On the other hand, there are industry practitioners promoting the idea that COBie can be used for any kinds of construction, including linear assets such as bridges, rail, and roads.
The UK-funded effort called “COBie for All” describes the approach where a COBie-like schema can be applied to linear assets.
EcoDomus supports a COBie-compliant data export for linear assets, whether it is a part of the default standard, or not. As in the image for this article, a bridge element contains all the standard COBie properties for Type and Component. It is up to the project manager to decide how they want to name the process: COBie or some other way. For us at EcoDomus, the most important factor is the customer satisfaction, and how the results are achieved – using an open standard or using a shortcut, is secondary.