CDBB’s BIM interoperability report welcomed by the sector

The key theme of the report are: the need for continued government leadership, greater standardisation, education and upskilling; and support of the development of the Industry Foundation Class and model view definitions, including COBie, to support all asset types.

CDBB’s BIM interoperability report welcomed by the sector
CDBB’s BIM interoperability report welcomed by the sector

CDBB’s BIM interoperability report welcomed by the sector

Centre for Digital Built Britain’s BIM interoperability report produced by CDBB’s BIM Interoperability Expert Group has met with widespread approval following a recent consultation across the sector.

The key theme of the report are: the need for continued government leadership, greater standardisation, education and upskilling; and support of the development of the Industry Foundation Class and model view definitions, including COBie, to support all asset types.

On this, the majority of responses showed positive support for the recommended enablers set out within the report, with 100% of respondents agreeing with the recommended approach to support the further development of industry foundation classes (IFC), and also agreeing the importance of asset information models (AIM) and common data environment (CDE) to achieving the beneficial outcomes of interoperability.

All respondents also agreed with the BIEG that there is a need for a greater understanding by owners/operators, to drive procurement of interoperable data as a strategic asset. 

Overwhelming support (ranging from 74%-94%) was expressed for the BIEG’s further recommended enablers including: Classification schema alignment; IFC and COBie – practical application & development; Education & skills; Standards (review of standards landscape).

Interoperability is pivotal to delivering the “whole life” beneficial outcomes of BIM to all parties, by providing a means of information transfer between different proprietary technologies.

However, those trying to deliver the benefits of BIM can encounter difficulties when trying to achieve interoperable information exchange as part of the information management and modelling process.