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Understanding Bim Collaboration Format [BCF]

In the world of Building Information Modeling, effective collaboration is crucial for project success. This is where the BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) comes into play.

What is BCF?

BCF, short for BIM Collaboration Format, is a standardized method that enables seamless communication between different BIM applications. By leveraging IFC models, BCF allows project collaborators to effectively address and resolve model-based issues.

BCF simplifies the process of managing coordination issues by providing a structured and organized format for storing and exchanging information.


How does BCF work?

BCF works by providing a vendor-neutral format that can be used to exchange coordination information without the need for the actual 3D model.

It allows different stakeholders to collaborate and communicate effectively by including this information can be easily shared and accessed by all parties involved in the BIM process:

  • Issue descriptions
  • Snapshots
  • Comments
  • Authors
  • Creation dates
  • Linked objects
  • View section plans
  • Unique Guides

What’s BCF most valuable advantage?

The key advantage of BCF is its ability to contain documentation, including changes and amendments to the issues. This information is saved in XML format and generates a BCF file, ensuring that the files are not too large.