software testing


Most of us want COBie to work without having to figure it out. Experience shows, however, that products may not always work as expected. Testing the results yourself is the only way to know for sure.

We have been testing software ever since the COBie standard was invented to try to make this process easier for you. Do you need help with testing your software or process? Contact us today!


Here is our world-class team of experienced, knowledgable, and dedicated architects, engineers, and construction managers working to move COBie into hands-on pratice (in alphabetical order):

Ronan Collins Gamuda Construction Animation
Alan DeLuce Commercial Service of Bloomington (COBie for Contractors) Construction Subcontractor
Gavin Dunstan SES (Engineering Services) (COBie for Contractors) Construction Subcontractor
Bill East Prairie Sky Consulting Program Manager
John Ford Galliford Try (COBie for Contractors) BIM Manager/General Contractor
Craig Hardingham MLM Group Revit - Structural
Emma Hooper METZ Architects Revit - 60% Architectural
Rob Jackson Bond Bryan Digital ARCHICAD - 30% Architectural
Shawn O'Keeffe &
Richard Kenna
MMA Consulting Engineers Revit - All Engineering Models
Marcos Saul ENGWorks Simulated Construction Photos


Initial COBie Challenge events used models too small to rigourously test capability or too large to complete. Now, the inventor of COBie has teamed with architects and engineers to develop a new test building, the East Dormitory.

The overall project is to design, build, and operate four small dormitories on a fictous site adjacent to the University of Illinois, in Champaign, Illinois, USA. Our test includes one of these four buildings - the "East Dormitory." The design is based on standard concept drawings provided by a United States Government agency.

Iterative testing between team and software developers helps you capture and use COBie data as an integral part of typical design and construction process. Our recomendations have already found thier way into commercial software.

Verficiation testing uses the open-source COBie QC Repoter and COBie Plugin. These tools have been used as the basis for all NBIMS-US COBie testing to date. Chris Bogen and Bill East created these tools using the open-source platform developed by Leon van Berlo and his team former teammates at TNO.

For more information on these tools see our books.

East Dormitory Test Files

You may freely present, use, adapt, or change the "East Dormitory Project" data set for any lawful purpose provided that you:

  1. refer people to this web page to obtain the files,
  2. don't redistribute the files yourself,
  3. include the license below when publically using the files, and
  4. share updates to these files using this same license.

The required license is as follows:

2016-9 East Dormitory Project Files by Prairie Sky Consulting is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

Architectural Design Files (Jun-2016)
Structural Design Files (Jun-2016)
Architectural Design Files (Aug-2017)
Structural Design Files (Sep-2017)
HVAC Design Files (Aug-2017)
Electrical Design Files (Aug-2017)
Plumbing Design Files (Jul-2017)
HVAC Controls Design Files (Jul-2017)
Fire Protection Design Files (Jul-2017)
Security System Design Files (Aug-2017)