COBie 2.4, BS 1192-4:2014 and ARCHICAD 18/19 – Part 1: Instruction, Contact, Facility and Floor


For the past 12 months i’ve been presenting ‘The COBieNATOR’ which is a LIVE demonstration of COBie’s relationship to IFC. First showcased at BIM Show Live 2014 (see here for more details) I was subsequently asked to present it at a number of other events both in the UK and abroad. Having toured the world presenting the class, I thought it would be useful to share some of the information we presented in a more structured format. Continue reading

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ARCHICAD 19 Signature Building


So Graphisoft ARCHICAD 19 has finally been announced!! It feels like we have been waiting longer this year for its release than previous years. That’s partly because this year The David Hockney Building for Bradford College project which we designed has been selected as the signature building for ARCHICAD 19! This really is very cool!! Continue reading

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The NBS BIM Toolkit public BETA – feedback


The new Digital Plan of Work (dPoW) and Classification system were introduced in public beta at BIM Show Live a few weeks ago. Both are incorporated into a single tool with development led by NBS to form the NBS BIM Toolkit BETA. The dPoW and Classification components form part of the wider components of “Level 2 BIM” with only PAS 1192-5:2015 now left to be published. The final live version of the toolkit will officially be available sometime around June 2015.  Continue reading

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BIM object standard naming?


I recently attended the buildingSMART International Summit in Watford. At the event there was a short presentation about standard naming for BIM objects. Object naming in the UK is covered by BS 8541-1:2012. Now I have to confess that I hadn’t looked at BS 8541-1 for awhile. So on the train home from the event I dug it out again and had another read. Continue reading

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The devil is in the data: openBIM World Tour 2015

BIM Show Live is back next week and it kicks off a rather busy 9 weeks on the speaking circuit for me personally. 9 weeks; 9 presentations; 4 countries. Its going to be a combination of hard work, education, socialising, fun and exhaustion! So here is where my travels will take me: Continue reading

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Interoperability testing: IFC 2×3 site geometry exchange


In the previous blog post we looked at a case study of our Cleveland Fire Brigade Training and Administration Building. An issue that emerged from this project was to do with how our site geometry was being exchanged into Solibri Model Checker. We quickly found a solution to resolve the issue into Solibri. However, sometimes finding a solution to one problem can result in unexpected results elsewhere. Continue reading

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Case Study: Cleveland Fire Brigade Training and Administration Building


In September 2014 we introduced a number of new technologies and processes to the practice. The technologies we introduced were Graphisoft ARCHICAD 18, Graphisoft BIMx Docs (now rebranded BIMx Pro), Graphisoft BIMcloud and Solibri Model Checker.

In order to introduce these technologies and workflows we had spent the previous 6 months developing processes and templates that would work for our needs. Much of this work aligns with the emerging UK BIM standards, processes and protocols as well as the RIBA Plan of Work 2013. Now in March 2015 we are starting to see a number of projects really taking advantage of these new processes and technology advancements. Continue reading

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openBIM for Facilities Management


The UK Government has defined 3 deliverables for publicly procured projects from April 1st 2016. These are PDF, native models and COBie (see diagram below). PAS 1192-2:2013 sets out the process for the production of these deliverables. Key to PAS 1192-2 is an Employers Information Requirement (EIR) which sets out a clients requirements for projects. Here begins the problem!
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ARCHICAD 18: Join the IFC and COBie flow – Part 3 – Model export

In this final piece in this series about some of the main improvements to IFC and COBie workflow (there are more of course around openBIM) we will look at the enhancements that have been made to geometry export settings. (This piece is primarily focussed on IFC but in time I can see how these changes will also benefit COBie workflows, particularly with regard to the Assembly Worksheet). The new features might be missed by some users but these changes really are going to have a significant impact on the quality of the models we export to others. Continue reading

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