Examining the Evolution of COBie Standard in Building Information Modelling for Facilities Management

Mehmet Yalcinkaya, Vishal Singh

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    Constructions Operations Building information exchange (COBie) is a rapidly evolving standard to capture the digital information of facilities. As the building information modeling (BIM) for facilities management (FM) research is gaining greater emphasis, COBie standard is becoming increasingly central to the discussion. COBie can be delivered in different formats. For the ease of use by the end users, spreadsheet format of COBie deliverable is the most applied one since spreadsheets provide some end-user implementation techniques and have been in use for decades. Although the end-users are familiar with spreadsheet actions, dumping all the facility data to a repository with number of workbooks and associated fields has some unintended effects and poses new challenges in handling and using the COBie data. Therefore, this research evaluates the functional and usability aspects of the COBie spreadsheet deliverable from the cognitive perspectives for end-users, and identifies the key points that can increase the functionality of COBie data structure. The research applies the initial phases of design thinking principles to identify the issues with COBie spreadsheet in general by reviewing the literature about spreadsheet design, human-spreadsheet interaction, spreadsheet errors, and information visualization. The identified usability issues and functionalities provide basic steps towards improving the current spreadsheet representation of COBie. The findings will contribute to future development of COBie, driven from the perspective of user interaction and usability.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCIB W78 conference 2015 Information Technology for Construction, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, October 27th-29th 2015
    EditorsJakob Beetz, Leon van Berlo, Timo Hartmann, Robert Amor
    Place of PublicationEindhoven, Netherlands
    PublisherEindhoven University of Technology
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication


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