Nearly 350 people attended the Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) sessions, held March 12, 2013, at the National Facility Management and Technology Conference (NFMT2013) in Baltimore, Maryland. This year, the NFMT program included a trilogy of sessions focused on the COBie Challenge theme and the importance of facility management data to support decision making. The 2013 COBie Challenge for Facility Management closed with the presentation of vendor results. Seven facility management software vendors were in attendance. The COBie Challenge for Facility Managers served to demonstrate that version 2.4 of the COBie Standard can be successfully imported into commercial off-the-shelf facility management software, such CMMS, CAFM and IWMS. The importing process is observed through a series of quality assurance meetings using a test model. The Challenge was led by Facility Engineering Associates and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering Research Development Center. “Making the Most of FM Data: COBie Standards and Resources,” was moderated by Angela Lewis of Facility Engineering Associates and provided an overview of COBie. “CMMS, CAFM, IWMS Questions Answered,” also presented by Angela Lewis, was the actual COBie Challenge itself.
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