Introduction to COBie

Course ID: OA01
Duration: 2 hours
AIA Continuing Education logo Learning Units: 2.0 LU
Prerequisites: None
Produced by:
buildingSMART alliance - a council of the National Institute of Building Sciences
Sponsored by:

Historically, information transmittals for a building under construction have been done on paper and therefore a significant portion of the information is lost once the building is completed. The Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) keeps this information in a usable format for everyone to access throughout the building's life cycle.

The primary benefit of COBie is that it enables information to flow from the design phase, allows information to be added during construction and is available to deliver the information to the facility manager upon completion. Many organizations are now requiring COBie for their projects and more will be doing so in the future. COBie is the information base for the United Kingdom's building information modeling (BIM) implementation. COBie adds the "I" to BIM.

This course provides the basis for implementing a strong COBie strategy for any organization.

Who should take the course? Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Owners, Facility Managers, Maintenance Engineers — essentially anyone involved with implementing BIM in the facility life cycle. It is a fundamentals course, necessary for all users to understand the opportunities BIM provides.


List Price:$195
Member Price*:   $  95

* Sponsors organizations get 10 free classes per year

Learning Objectives

By completing this course you will learn and be able to:

  • Explain the value and benefits of using information exchanges;
  • Explain the value and benefits of using Construction to Operations building information exchange between architecture, engineering, construction and facility management professionals;
  • Define what the construction operations building information exchange is and well as what it is not; and
  • Describe the relationships between the COBie standard, facility management software and BIM authoring software.

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Follow these simple steps below:

  1. Download the Registration Guide.
  2. Purchase enrollment for this course on the Institute website.

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