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GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD Receives IFC Certification 2.0, Passes COBie Design Challenge

BUDAPEST, March 26, 2013 – GRAPHISOFT announced today important milestones in its support for Open BIM with ARCHICAD having successfully passed both IFC Coordination View 2.0 (Certification 2.0) and the buildingSMART alliance 2013 COBie Challenge.

IFC 2x3

ARCHICAD is now certified for the IFC 2x3 Coordination View Version 2.0 export, making ARCHICAD among the very first to achieve this certification as of 12 March 2013, and is 100% COBie compliant (“buildingSMART alliance January 2013 Challenge”, Washington, DC).

“It’s not enough for us to champion IFC as an open-code standard format; we strive to support our customers with reliable open collaboration workflows with other building professions as well” said Ákos Rechtorisz, Head of the Open BIM Program at GRAPHISOFT.

The Coordination View was the first Model View Definition developed by buildingSMART International and is currently the most widely implemented view of the IFC scheme. Its main purpose is to allow sharing of building information models among the disciplines of architecture, structural engineering, and building services (mechanical).

The COBie specification requires the support of the IFC 2x3 Basic FM Handover View, an extended version of the Coordination View developed by buildingSMART. It defines general requirements for information handover to facility management. Support for COBie is important in the US as well as in the UK and all other English-speaking countries.