COBie Subcommittee Formed by USIBD

The U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD) is pleased to announce the formation of the Construction-Operations Building information exchange (COBie) Subcommittee, under the umbrella of the Education Committee.

COBie Subcommittee under USIBD logo


This is an important step in the right direction for the building documentation industry in terms of standardizing the exchange of information. COBie is a non-proprietary data format for the publication of a subset of building information models (BIM) focused on delivering asset data as distinct from geometric information.

The Subcommittee will (1) establish the minimum set of knowledge required to reliably produce COBie design and construction deliverables, (2) create and administer an examination based on that knowledge, and (3) confer the title of COBie Certified Professionalâ„¢ on those successfully completing this examination.

According to the inaugural chair of the Subcommittee, Dr. Bill East, this subcommittee will focus on four areas:

  • Certification. Create and offer the COBie Certified Professionalâ„¢ program. Those holding active certifications will be listed on the USIBD Resources page online.
  • Training. Evaluate and list well-qualified training programs to help companies prepare for COBie Certified Professionalâ„¢ contract requirements.
  • Leadership. Form an Industry Advisory Group to assist in documenting the costs of poor building documentation and establish practice guidelines.
  • Outreach. Reach out to owners, designers, builders, and facility operators and maintainers, through their professional and trade associations.
COBie Flow Chart

COBie Flow Chart

The inaugural meeting of the Subcommittee will be Dr. East’s presentation of the Subcommittee’s mission and goals next Wednesday, September 26th at the 2018 USIBD Symposium, held in conjunction with BIMForum, in Las Vegas.

For more information on COBie click here and see the follow on blog for a background on this important standard.

For more information on USIBD click here and be sure to check out their cool new website.

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