ArchiCAD Receives IFC Certification 2.0, Passes buildingSMART alliance 2013 COBie Challenge

GRAPHISOFT reached two important milestones in its support for Open BIM. ArchiCAD has successfully passed both IFC Coordination View 2.0 (Certification 2.0) and the buildingSMART alliance 2013 COBie Challenge.

GRAPHISOFT first joined forces with buildingSMART® International and several leading software vendors to launch a global program in order to promote Open BIM collaboration workflows throughout the AEC industry. Today’s certification announcement solidifies the company’s commitment to championing open-code standards as well as advances the level of support ArchiCAD provides its users as they conduct business and design projects in an open and collaborative workflow.

IFC Coordination View 2.0

IFC Coordination View 2.0 targets the coordination between the architectural, mechanical and structural engineering tasks during the design phase.

Through testing applied by buildingSMART – ArchiCAD is now certified for the IFC 2×3 Coordination View Version 2.0 export, making ArchiCAD among the very first to achieve this certification as of 12 March 2013, and is 100% COBie compliant (“buildingSMART alliance January 2013 Challenge”, Washington, DC).

The Coordination View was the first Model View Definition developed by buildingSMART International and is currently the most widely implemented view of the IFC scheme. Its main purpose is to allow sharing of building information models among the disciplines of architecture, structural engineering, and building services (mechanical).

The COBie specification requires the support of the IFC 2×3 Basic FM Handover View, an extended version of the Coordination View developed by buildingSMART. It defines general requirements for information handover to facility management. Support for COBie is important in the US as well as in the UK and all other English-speaking countries.

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