What is BIM Collaboration Format (BCF)?

Through this post, we will explain what BCF is and which rule it has in the Open BIM approach.

The BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) is a format for issue tracking of the building information models. This format provides easier communication with different disciplines or team members who can use different software solutions in designing BIM projects.

A format is standardized by buildingSMART as an open file format for the exchange of images (screenshots), and textual data like comments and coordinates.

BCF is the most used in the designing phase of BIM projects. It allows sharing of information for required changes or errors in the BIM model without sending back an IFC record. This format helps designers to have a defined format if they want to communicate changes or issues of the BIM models.

Power Path supports BCF and communication through this format with different BIM software solutions. Because a Power Path is developed with an Open BIM approach.

If the user wants to import .bcf or .bcfzip he needs to open panel BIM BCF (steps for opening panel BIM BCF: right-click on the solution interface find Panels then BIM BCF).

Power Path BCF

In this panel, user will have options for:

- importing .bcf files from computer (local machine or server) or

Power Path BCF import

- connecting to custom service because .bcf files can be managed on the cloud with different management systems which is for example one centralized location.

Power Path BCF online service

BIM BCF command is available in Power Path BIM package. If you want to try, how you can manage .bcf files in Power Path, try 30 days free trial of Power Path.

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