9. Technology Platform and Software

9.1 Approved BIM Software for VA Projects:-1-

VA accepts object oriented software applications that comply with current industry interoperability standards and are able to be used in a collaborative environment. All software platforms used for VA projects shall be compliant with:

TYPE (These are general categories. Listed software can be used for more than one “Type.”) SOFTWARE (no order of preference)
Planning/Preliminary Cost Estimates VA-SEPS, Onuma Planning System (OPS), DProfiler, Tokmo, CodeBook
Authoring – Design (Architecture, Structural) Revit Architecture, Bentley BIM, ArchiCAD, Tekla, Vectorworks
Authoring – MEPF (Engineering & Construction) ArchiCAD MEP, Revit MEP, AutoCAD MEP, Bentley BIM, CAD-Duct, CAD-Pipe, AutoSprink, PipeDesigner 3D
Authoring – Civil Bentley Inroads and Geopak, Autodesk Civil 3D
Coordination (clash detection) NavisWorks Manage, Bentley Navigator, Solibri Model Checker, Horizontal Glue, EPM Model Server, BIMServer
4D Scheduling Synchro, Vico, NavisWorks Simulate, Primavera, MS Project, Bentley Navigator
5D Cost Estimating Innovaya, Vico, Tokmo
Specifications Speclink-e, eSpecs
Model Checking Validation, IFC File Optimizer Solibri or equal
COBIE Tokmo COBIE exchange, Onuma Systems
Energy Analysis-2- EcoDesigner, Ecotect, eQuest, Green Building Studio, EnergyPlus, Trane/Trace, DOE2

-1- Software other than those listed may be used subject to the above compliance requirements and with VA approval.

-2- BIM based energy analysis software used should support IFC import or be a native BIM model format that is IFC compliant. Energy analysis software selection shall be based upon U.S. Department of energy Recommendations and ANSI/ASHRAE 140-2007 (or latest version).

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