(Coming Soon!): cBIM - Managing BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) issues for BIM models.

Asite is enhancing its Collaborative BIM (cBIM) solution to support the most recent Open BIM standard— Building Collaboration Format (BCF). The new model issue management solution will improve communication and increase collaboration beyond the traditional file-based BIM workflow, enabling better decision making.

Feature Overview

What is BIM Collaboration Format (BCF)?

BCF is simply a file that contains the comments created around IFC models. It allows different BIM applications to communicate model-based issues with each other by leveraging IFC models that have been previously shared among project collaborators. BCF is a buildingSMART International openBIM standard which, like IFC and the Data Dictionary (bSDD), is open for all to use.


How is it used?

Design phase
  • Document quality assurance / quality checking (QA/QC) issues
  • Identify design coordination (aka clash detection) issues
  • Annotate design options, object substitutions, and material selections
Procurement phase
  • Bid coordination items and clarifications
  • Provide cost and supplier information for objects, assemblies, and/or systems
Construction phase
  • Document quality assurance/quality checking (QA/QC) records of installations vs. project model
  • Track availability of items/materials and coordinate substitutions
  • Collect last-minute information for handover to owner/operator as part of the COBie deliverables
Operations phase
  • Add notations to handover models as changes are made to the facility and its many elements during occupation
  • Provide owners with notes on necessary upgrades


BCF Support in Asite
  • Support the creation of BCF Issues around IFC files.
  • Organize and manage BCF issues with statuses and priorities.
  • Support BCF export.



This announcement is for reference. Future releases may impact the information presented below. If you have any queries, questions please contact support@asite.com

Posted by Denis Antony on 13 Apr 2021
Denis Antony