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What is BCF?

What is the BIM Collaboration Format (BCF)?: The way to efficiënt communication about your BIM data.

Imagine that you notice a defect on a road. Then you take your cell phone draws a picture of this which has a specific geolocation, because you end up standing at a specific coordinate somewhere in the world.
Finally you share this info online via a specific platform.
So the receiving party knows where the defect is and what measures must be taken without them having to come to the scene first.

This brings us seamlessly over to BCF.
BIM Collaboration Format the format par excellence to communicate through a BIM.
A BIM is composed of objects that have a coordination system. If all parties work according to the same coordinate system, the rest is history.

You can navigate through your BIM with specific IFC viewer software.
If you see a problem, you define it. You take a picture through the software that is related to the XYZ coordinate.

Now you have an intelligent photo which you can share with your chain partners. They can then find this same location using their software.
You know, related to the coordinate system.

We have now succeeded in regenerating an image over several software packages. Simply by taking a picture relative to a coordinate system. The issue is defined by means of a picture.

Now we need the information to specify the problem.

BCF allows us to assign additional metadata to the picture.
This allows us to specifically describe what the problem is. We can also use smart fields to further specify the problem.

Only one last step remains.
Assigning the problem/issue/comment to someone. This is the responsible party of the receiving party.
This person can then resolve the issue and set the status to resolved.

So now you don’t have to communicate with each other anymore?
Wrong, communication remains the driver in a BIM.
Issues that require additional input and joint consultation will still be discussed at designated coordination sessions.

Updated on July 29, 2022

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