9. Technology Platform and Software
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:
- The most current version of Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) file format
- Commercially available collaboration software that provides interoperability between the different software applications (see below).
- Traditional 2D documentation shall be prepared with approved IFC compliant BIM authoring software and plans, elevations, sections, schedules, and details shall be derived and fully coordinated with the coordinated building model. All other documents are to be submitted per the VA contract requirements.
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).