Author: Glynnis Patterson Revit, Ideate Software, Ideate BIMLink, Microsoft Excel
  1. Your engineer/architect has modeled your new facility in Revit and the building is done
  2. Get your hands on the Building model, you own it, right?
  3. Open up Revit.
  4. You launch Ideate BIMLink (trial version works fine — get it here) and you export the COBie_Type and COBie_Components to an Excel file. Whether you intend to do COBie or not, these links are a great way to quickly get all of the asset list that you need to get started.

  5. If your budget permitted, you required the model to be updated to reflect as-built conditions. Congratulations, you get to skip ahead to Step 7.
  6. If the model does not reflect the as-built conditions, you should pay your architect and engineers to fill out the Excel files from step 4 above or have your own staff fill out any missing info. This can be done with a tablet as outlined in this earlier post.
  7. Congratulations, you now you have a complete list of all the building assets for use in managing the building’s maintenance and operations. That was easy!

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    Glynnis Patterson
Glynnis Patterson, NCARB
Director of Software Development

Glynnis is a Registered Architect and has worked within the BIM industry since 1998. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she has worked as an architect, educator, and construction site manager. Glynnis is currently the Director of Software Development at Ideate Software, and she continues to work with AEC clients worldwide, developing and consulting on solutions to Building Information Modeling challenges. In her spare time Glynnis does volunteer work for ECLC of New Jersey and Grow it Green Morristown. Follow Glynnis on Twitter.