EcoDomus has been awarded the second project that requires adherence to the COBie requirements as specified by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). This time it is a project for the US Military Health System managed by the USACE.
Beginning in fiscal year 2015, USACE started requiring all Army design-build and construction contracts to use the Construction Operation Building information exchange (COBie) standard. The directive was released as a USACE Engineering and Construction Bulletin. The standard is intended to improve efficiencies and reduce costs throughout the facility acquisition life cycle.
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) developed COBie in a national collaboration as the first in a series of U.S. National Building Information Modeling Standards published by the buildingSMART alliance.
The conventional practice of gathering as-built information at the end of construction is expensive and subject to transcription errors. Relying on site surveys once the facility is complete results in omissions because equipment or utilities often are inaccessible. COBie streamlines the delivery of asset information using a standard format to capture construction submittal information when created. The result is a higher quality product through the collection of as-built equipment information while the project progresses.
USACE’s COBie specification is one of the most advanced in the world, and EcoDomus is happy to provide the tools to meet this detailed and strict specification to help the architects and builders to deliver the highest quality handover data deliverables.