This page explains the reasons why we built the COBie ScoreCard.

Getting Organized

The COBie ScoreCard organizes your COBie Program so that changing organizations and partners can't stop you from getting the information you need to operate, maintain, and manage your buildings.

In a few years, everyone will be doing COBie, but for now COBie ScoreCard users will setting the emerging professional practice standards that we will wonder what we ever did without.

Adopting Technology

COBie ScoreCard Adopting some technology is easy. For a contractor selecting a circular saw over a hand saw is a no-brainer. It's technology for one worker. They make the change and learn to use the new tool and it's done.

The innovation we have seen sweep through the our retail industry is a completely different type of change. That change is based on coordinated changes resulting from agreements by multiple parties. Often these changes are driven by the major player in the market, forcing others to adopt, or be put out of business.

COBie ScoreCard The COBie Challenge is that individual owners, their partners and stakeholders have to agree to move forward together if we are to eliminate waste in the facility acquisition process. It's a big challenge given the number of different parties that participate and the flexibility of those contracts and organizations. Even if you get it right on a pilot project, people and companies change over time. Leadership has different initiatives and budgets are often fluid.

So the thing about new standards is that they're complicated until everyone gets used to them. After that we wonder how we ever worked in the old way.  Do we have retype documents from one computer system to another anymore? Does anyone, beside sailors carry a paper maps anymore? Would anyone want to go back to paper drawings?  Standards made those innovations happen. Getting everyone to use the COBie standard is our challenge!

Unlocking Information

Design coordination in the days of paper drawings and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) files was accomplished using light-table or drawing overlays. Crossed lines represented, in the minds of the reviewers, specific design elements whose position should be checked.  The only requirement for this process was that the scales of the drawings be the same.

With the advent of Building Information Modeling (BIM) software a three dimensional set of overlays could be automatically checked. Since the entire set of all potential conflicts are automatically generated, the job of the reviewer has become the elimination of trivial “collisions” and identification of collisions where one, or another, of the components must be moved. In this process, both the scales of the drawings, the discipline of the objects in the model, and fine adjustments to the algorithms used to detect collisions are required.

COBie ScoreCard We need information that is not locked-down behind firewalls or locked-onto paper drawings.

Owners want accurate information, as well as, correct geometry and drawings.  The information-based BIM is the challenge to our industry. In this process, it is insufficient to simply overlay or merge information.  To do so means that the final BIM would contain duplicate objects appearing in each disciplines’ model. Duplicate light fixtures appear in the reflected ceiling plan, and the electrical engineers light fixture schedule. The rooms found in each of the discipline’s drawings might be duplicated.

When merging information from disciplines’ models, and ensuring that the information content is correct, much more than the scales of the drawings, and color coding of design disciplines is needed. What is needed is a precise specification of the information produced and consumed by various parties during the design and construction contract, and an understanding of the process through which that information is to be shared. Testable specifications for the quality of that information must also be established, if any of this is every to be enforced.

How to do this? If we follow traditional practices in our industry each party makes up their own standards based on the individual proprietary technology in use. We know what happens here because we have all seen it first hand - chaos and cost to partners and confusion and disappointment by staff and management.

Enforceable professional practice standards for integrated design will only emerge as designers and builders move to answer owner’s performance-based specifications for information-rich models. The United States National BIM Standard provides the baseline for these specifications. Of these standards COBie is the standard that has been adopted world-wide by public and private owners, and by software developers