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BCF Management (BIM Collaboration Format) | usBIM.bcf | ACCA software

Need to view, create and manage a BCF format file  to solve BIM issues? Improve your BIM and openBIM processes with a BCF file viewer !

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View, create or modify BCF files online using any device

usBIM.bcf is a BIM coordination software integrated in the usBIM digital platform allowing you to operate according to two distinct workflows:

  • view or edit a file with the .BCFZIP file extension generated by other popular BIM tools. This file must have been previously loaded into a project folder;
  • create a BCF file from scratch and export it in the .BCFZIP format.

Like all usBIM applications, usBIM.bcf works as a BCF reader completely online. You can use it at anytime, from anywhere and with any device without depending on other third-party software.

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Optimized communication flows avoiding interoperability problems with the BCF software!

usBIM.bcf is an usBIM integrated service that allows you to create, import or edit a BCF file directly online using any device.

The BCF (BIM Collaboration Format), is an open file format serving the purpose of communicating coordination information that can be completely separated from the 3D model. It contains problem descriptions, snapshots, comments, authors, creation date, and all relevant data concerning issues without containing any model geometry references at all.

With the BIM coordination software usBIM.bcf:

  • optimize information exchange flows without having to transfer large BIM models;
  • solve interoperability problems that normally occur when working with different software solutions, but also when different BIM stakeholders end up using different versions of the same software;
  • manage, report, check and resolve project interferences/issues in a seamless co-working process;
  • accelerate the reviewing process, identify and resolve critical issues in real time way before the construction process begins.
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Optimize BIM issue management by leveraging the power of the cloud and a BCF program

Working on BCF files without a Cloud based data synchronization workflow, can lead to file version conflicts causing designers and project team members to work on older and inconsistent versions of the same file.

Now you can solve this problem by accessing a Single Source of Truth (SSOT) managing the entire BIM issue tracking process directly in the cloud with with the BIM management system (usBIM) or BIM collaboration platform (usbim.platform). Centralize all the issues that need attention in a single archive without worrying about file versioning conflicts.

With the usBIM.bcf application:

  • solve highlighted problems together with your team, add comments, notes and images;
  • change the issue status, in relation to the detected criticality, to open/in process or closed;
  • get automatic file syncing and versioning.
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The issue management process with usBIM.bcf: create, classify and resolve interferences

With usBIM.bcf, transmit all the relevant information useful to uniquely identify encountered problems by means of:

  • MARKUPS, a file that contains text info concerning the IFC file with the model, the author of the report, the entities involved and any comments with instructions useful for solving the issue;
  • VIEWPOINTS, specific views that provide a detailed representation of the problem directly on the digital model. These can be multiple and also be directly linked to the comments contained in the Markup;

After creating a new BCF, you can add an issue, define its title and description and specify the resolution task to a designated user; classify the criticality level using the "Priority" combo box (Label, Status and Type).

The BCF file is linked to a specific point of the project where, at any time, you can easily jump to the exact point of the model where the clash detection took place, using a simple web browser and above all using any device.

FAQ

BCF (BIM Collaboration Format) is a format developed by buildingSMART International for facilitating open communications by leveraging the use of IFC models.

It is an open XML-based file format that allows comments to be added to an IFC model.

Its structure is composed of:

  • one or more model views, captured in .PNG (image file) format;
  • coordinates of the snapshot point and direction within an IFC file;
  • comments relating to entities, referencing information with respect to the model elements.

Issues and comments are linked to the model elements by means of global unique IDs (GUIDs).

The BCF format aims at simplifying the collaboration process between the different team and project members working on the same model by allowing them to raise issues, provide solutions and comments in an open format that does not contain model elements.

The BCF is therefore an interchange format that is not used to exchange geometric information but simple graphical/descriptive info capable of illustrating which issues need to be addressed and solved.

Adding specific exchange notes, comments, reports, images during the management of a BIM project with a BIM management platform such as usBIM offers further advantages in terms of coordination and integration of activities.

Each BCF file "records" who, and when a comment was added during the planning and execution phases. The exchange of comments between the team members, in addition to indicating date and time references and the author, and therefore an exact cronology of status changes, is supported by using .PNG snapshots that locate the problem within the project.

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