The usual reaction when someone mentions COBie is not good. At first glance it looks like an overly complicated spreadsheet of mammoth proportions that doesn’t relate to whatever information you are trying to create.


However COBie, which stands for “Construction Operations Building Information Exchange” should be looked upon as a well structured carrying case. Which can transport any information required from person to person, company to company and system to system. What you put into it is up to you. It is an essential tool for exchanging BIM data.

COBie can take many forms, the most common is an excel spreadsheet, but it is most usefully deployed as an xml schema.


At the beginning of a project the client should be handing over COBie with their existing asset information inside, during the project, it should be used for information exchange throughout the supply chain and at the end, that same COBie file needs to be returned to the client with new, amended or removed assets.


If everyone uses COBie and every piece of software understands how to read and write to it, then we are starting down the road of interoperability.


Whatever people tell you, COBie CAN deal with infrastructure and linear assets. This has been proven through a series of user case studies conducted as part of the BS1192-4 initiative.

An introduction to BIM and links to useful resources

What is COBie and why is it important to BIM?

What has BIM got to do with economics?

A COMIT initiative to help BIM reach smaller contractors

Asset Information Requirements

Employer's Information Requirements

Why spend money on BIM?

Asset Breakdown Structure

Asset Tagging Strategy

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