BIM Collaboration Format

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The BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) is a structured file format suited to issue tracking with a building information model. BCF is designed primarily for defining views of a building model and associated information on collisions and errors connected with specific objects in the view. The BCF file format allows users of different BIM software, and/or different disciplines to collaborate on issues with the project.[1]

The format was developed by Tekla and Solibri and later adopted as a standard by buildingSMART.[2] Notable software with native support for BCF are Solibri, Tekla with plugins which provide usability for other software.

Although BCF was originally conceived as a file base there are now many implementations using the server based collaborative workflow described in the bcfAPI, including an Open Source implementation[3] as part of The Open Source BIMcollective.

Research work has been done in Denmark looking into using BCF for a broader range of information management and exchange in the AEC sector[4].

Supporting software[edit]

BCF is supported natively by modeling software ArchiCAD, Tekla Structures, DDS CAD [1] as well as BIMcollab ZOOM[2], BIMsight[3], SMC & SMV[4], Navisworks, simplebim[5], Vectorworks. Standalone BCF plugins include BCF Manager[6], BCFier[7]. Cloud services offering BCF based issue tracking include BIMcollab[8] and bimsync[9].

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  1. ^ Rafael Sacks, Chuck Eastman, Ghang Lee, Paul Teicholz (2018). BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-54137-1.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "BCF intro". Archived from the original on 2018-11-24. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  3. ^ Léon van Berlo, Thomas Krijnen (2014). "Using the BIM Collaboration Format in a server based workflow". Procedia Environmental Sciences. 22 (12th International Conference on Design and Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning, DDSS 2014): 325–332. doi:10.1016/j.proenv.2014.11.031.
  4. ^ Treldal, Niels; Parsianfar, Hussain; Karlshøj, Jan (2016). "Using BCF as a mediator for task management in building design". Proceedings of the International RILEM Conference Materials, Systems and Structures in Civil Engineering 2016: 48–59. Retrieved 15 February 2019.

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