Last edited 05 Jun 2017

BIM collaboration format BCF

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a very broad term that describes the process of creating a digital model of a building or other facility (such as a bridge, highway, tunnel and so on).

BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) is an open file format based on XML that allows the addition of comments to an Industry Foundation Classes BIM model (IFC is a neutral, non-proprietary data format used for sharing and exchanging BIM data across different software applications).

The BIM Collaboration Format is intended to simplify collaboration between different parties working on a model by allowing them to raise issues, provide answers and make comments within an open file format that does not itself contain model elements. That is, it provides a communication capability that is separated from the model itself.

Issues and comments, which can be enriched by screen-shots, are linked to model elements using Global Unique IDs (GUIDs).

Many commonly used BIM software packages include BCF capability.

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