Last edited 09 Jan 2018

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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