Lecture    FM3145
Autodesk Consulting Add-on Utilities: COBie Toolkit and BIM Coordinator Tool
Miroslav Schonauer, Rich Mitrenga
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In this class, we will discuss recent Autodesk Consulting projects with a focus on two new utilities that we are using to help customers. First, we will present the functionality of the COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange) Toolkit for Autodesk® Revit® software. COBie is a United States-originated data standard for exchange of building systems information between designers, construction firms, and building owners. The format for delivering construction handover data is a predefined spreadsheet file with specific worksheets, many of which can be populated directly from a Revit intelligent model. The standard has recently been adopted by the United Kingdom and tested on pilot projects using the evolving Revit COBie Toolkit. Next, we will discuss BIM Coordinator. This technology preview, available from Autodesk Labs, assists project team members with building and site grids in Revit and AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software to effectively organize the project data in shared or related coordinates. This utility is essential for spatial collaboration across disciplines.

Key Learnings

  • Use the BIM Coordinator tool from Autodesk Labs to improve interoperability between AutoCAD Civil 3D and Revit
  • Define specifications for custom add-on tools to extend Autodesk Building Information Modeling (BIM) applications
  • Explain details of the COBie standard, including the U.S. version and the more recent U.K. version
  • Export COBie .xls(s) files from Revit


 Miroslav Schonauer
Miroslav Schonauer
Miro has an extensive combined engineering and IT background, with a Dipl.Ing. degree in Civil and Structural Engineering (Split, Croatia), Ph.D. in Numerical Methods in Engineering (Swansea, Wales) and 25 years’ experience in commercial engineering software development and customization. He's been with Autodesk for over 12 years, initially as Developer Consulting Specialist and currently as Solution Architect with Autodesk Consulting (AC). His specialty have been APIs for all Autodesk® AEC and BIM products, a topic on which he has conducted numerous training sessions, given many conference talks and provided direct technical support. For the last 7 years, he's been applying combined API, products, industry and process analyses knowledge to architecting and developing consulting solutions that extend the functionality of Autodesk BIM/AEC products and integrate them within various specific customer workflows and processes.

 Rich Mitrenga
Rich Mitrenga

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