ARCHICAD is 100% COBie compliant

Bill East, the inventor of COBie, has been working with Rob Jackson, Associate Director of Bon Bryan Architects, to simulate in ARCHICAD the early design of one of four dormitories on a fictitious site adjacent to the University of Illinois, Champaign, IL. This model is based on a publicly released set of concept drawings and was developed as if it were for a real client. The goal was to create a reference COBie test project.

According to Bill East, “The results of this experiment demonstrated 100% compliance with ARCHICAD against NBIMS-US v3, Design Stage COBie requirements.”

To show how 100% COBie compliance was achieved, Bill and Rob are currently finishing a book that provides step-by-step instructions. The book expected to be published in 2016.

About COBie

Construction Operations Building Information Exchange helps capture a record important project data at the point of origin, including equipment lists, product data sheets, warranties, spare parts lists, and preventive maintenance schedules. This information is essential to support operations, maintenance and asset management once the built asset is in service. It is closely associated with building information modeling (BIM) approaches to design, construction and management of built assets. In recent years, COBie has become an industry standard in the US and UK.

For more information about how ARCHICAD works with COBie, and to access the COBie Guide for the various ARCHICAD versions, please visit //

For more information about the COBie compliance reference test project, including model and data downloads please visit //