- The brief can be loaded into CodeBook using MS Excel, or directly. Loading from electronic form avoids time-consuming manual data entry and the possible errors this could introduce.
- A BIM sketch scheme/early design can be imported.
- Once loaded, the brief can be analyzed for consistency, accuracy or missing data.
- Program data can be shared with all project users, allowing ongoing validation of design.
- Attributes such as room area, finishes, lighting etc. can be entered and updated from program requirements.
- Initial reports (such as schedule of accommodations, room data sheets and required equipment lists) can be produced prior to CAD design.
- Changes to requirements can be entered and synchronized with all CAD, BIM and other third party applications.
Hierarchical data structure
- A clear understanding of data structure for rapid and transparent database building.
- Facilitates creation of detailed room data sheets, taking advantage of repeated and pre-defined room types, room usage and data values.
Room and equipment libraries
- Once built, libraries can be used on future projects, allowing rapid program startups.
- Multiple libraries can be built for different industry types — such as airports, correction facilities, healthcare, military, education, retail, pharmaceutical and commercial offices.
- Quality assurance is increased as library data has been pre-validated.
- CodeBook can store 200+ attributes for each item, with information accumulated during project life as available or required.
- Different users can maintain information relevant to their role or function.
- CodeBook includes pre-defined equipment libraries containing 4,000 items with associated group, description and mounting heights classified according to function and service requirements.
- Rapid layout of rooms with standard layouts and management of families saves time and resource in building design.
- Families can be re-used throughout building and in later projects.
- Visible validation of room locations, room areas and dimensions between program requirements and CAD/BIM design.
- Required and designed equipment lists can be viewed and compared for discrepancies.
- Revisions and changes tracked with an audit trail including designer comments giving reassurance and security to the design team.
- Validated data can be loaded into and viewed in CAD or BIM systems.
- Audit points can be set at landmark stages of the project, allowing reporting of all changes and discrepancies since the last audit point.
- Display colored themed CAD diagrams highlight consistency of design attributes in the CAD design model, for example rooms within departments, room finishes, equipment locations (required and designed), doors and so on.
- Data provision to multiple third party products for analysis/processing while being managed in one central location.
- Exceeding the capabilities of the COBie approach by linking everything into the design, including the production of C-sheets.
- Data can be maintained by the appropriate professional and used by others — e.g. engineers can maintain building environmental condition information, architects maintain finishes, etc.