EcoDomus, McCarthy Building, Tekla and Kaiser Permanente receive a Fiatech CETI award for “Large Scale IFC-based Integration Using COBie” at the Oakland Medical Center project.

The Oakland Medical Center Replacement Project has featured several innovative techniques, including McCarthy’s use of Industry Foundation Classes (IFC)-based integration using the Construction-Operations Building information exchange (COBie) standard. The project team established strict quality control rules for IFC data generation and used specialized middleware software apps to check the quality of both geometry and data automatically. Field data were collected using iPad™ tablets. Kaiser Permanente’s required information was verified in EcoDomus PM using EcoDomus/Tekla integration and standardized COBie datasets. QC reports were thus available in EcoDomus. Operational life-cycle costs and interruptions were reduced through an enhanced data set of facility information utilizing the COBie format and IFC models. Improved quality of data was also achieved with the ability to support as-built BIM using vendor-neutral IFC/COBie formats. The ability to provide and maintain IFC files will result in long-term data archival.

This is the second award for EcoDomus. The first award for the COBie project at Texas A&M Health Science Center, shared with Broaddus & Associates, was received in 2011.