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BCF REST API

BCFv3.0 is based on BCFv2.1.

BCF XML GitHub repository

Version 1.0 of the OpenCDE Foundation API specification is available here

Version 1.0 of the BCF API specification is available here

Version 2.1 of the BCF API specification is available here

Swagger / OpenAPI Specification
BCF-API on SwaggerHub

The Swagger / OpenAPI specification is offered as a reference for implementers. The BCF group may update it and fix issues as necessary at any time.

Contributing

The Open CDE workgroup develops the BCF standard. The group meets every second Monday at 11am CET. To join the fortnightly meeting please email opencde@buildingsmart.org.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

BCF is an open standard for managing issues on a BIM project. The BCF-API supports the exchange of BCF issues between software applications via a RESTful web interface, which means that data is exchanged via HTTP query parameters and JSON bodies. Every resource described in this API has a corresponding JSON schema (schema version draft-03). URL schemas in this README are relative to the BCF servers' base URL unless absolute values are provided.

For security reasons, all API Http traffic should be sent via TLS/SSL over Https connection. Clients and Servers should both enforce secure connections and disallow unsafe connections.

An example of a client implementation in C# can be found here: https://github.com/rvestvik/BcfApiExampleClient

1.1 OpenCDE Foundation API

BCF API is a member of the OpenCDE API family. All OpenCDE APIs are united by a shared common API called OpenCDE Foundation API. The foundation API specifies a small number of services and a few conventions that are common to all OpenCDE APIs. All BCF API implementations must implement the Foundation API and follow its conventions and guidelines. Implementers should start by implementing the Foundation API and only then continue to implement the BCF API.

1.2 Authorization

API implementors can optionally choose to restrict the actions a user is allowed to perform on the BCF entities via the API. The global default authorizations for all entities are expressed in the project extensions schema and can be locally overridden in the entities themselves.

1.2.1 Per-Entity Authorization

Whenever a user requests an update-able entity with the query parameter includeAuthorization equal to true the server should include an authorization field in the entity containing any local variations from the global authorization defaults for that entity. Using this information clients can decide whether to, for example, include an "Edit" button in the UI displaying the entity depending on the actions permitted for the user or suggest only the options available to the user for choice fields such as topic status.

1.2.2 Determining Authorized Entity Actions

The client can calculate the available set of actions for a particular entity by taking the project-wide defaults from the project extensions, then replacing any keys defined in the entity's authorization map with the values specified locally. The meaning of each of the authorization keys is outlined in 3.1.5 Expressing User Authorization through Project Extensions.

Example Scenario (Topic)

This scenario assumes the topic status is set to open.

In the Project Extensions

{
    "topic_actions": [],
    "topic_status": [
        "open",
        "closed",
        "confirmed"
    ]
}

Indicating that by default:

  • no modifications can be made to Topics
  • Topics can be placed in open, closed or confirmed status

In the Topic

{
    "authorization": {
        "topic_actions": [
            "update",
            "createComment",
            "createViewpoint"
        ],
        "topic_status": [
            "open",
            "closed"
        ]
    }
}

Indicating that for this topic, the current user can:

  • update the Topic, or add comments or viewpoints
  • place the Topic into closed status
  • leave the Topic open or place the topic back into open status after closing it

2. Topologies

2.1 Topology 1 - BCF-Server only

Model collaboration is managed through a shared file server or a network file sharing service like Dropbox. The BCF-Server handles the authentication and the BCF-Issues.

Topology1

2.2 Topology 2 - Colocated BCF-Server and Model Server

BCF and model server are co-located on the same hosts.

Topology3


3. BCF Services

3.1 Project Services

For compatibility with the project structure of existing systems, the project_id property of project resources is not forced to be a guid but may be any string.

3.1.1 GET Projects Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects

project_GET.json

Retrieve a collection of projects where the currently logged on user has access to.

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
[{
    "project_id": "F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137",
    "name": "Example project 1",
    "authorization": {
        "project_actions": [
            "createTopic",
            "createDocument"
        ]
    }
}, {
    "project_id": "A233FBB2-3A3B-EFF4-C123-DE22ABC8414",
    "name": "Example project 2",
    "authorization": {
        "project_actions": []
    }
}]

3.1.2 GET Project Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}

project_GET.json

Retrieve a specific project.

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/B724AAC3-5B2A-234A-D143-AE33CC18414

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
{
    "project_id": "B724AAC3-5B2A-234A-D143-AE33CC18414",
    "name": "Example project 3",
    "authorization": {
        "project_actions": [
            "update"
        ]
    }
}

3.1.3 PUT Project Service

Resource URL

PUT /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}

project_PUT.json

Modify a specific project. This operation is only possible when the server returns the update flag in the Project authorization, see section 3.1.5

Example Request

PUT /bcf/3.0/projects/B724AAC3-5B2A-234A-D143-AE33CC18414
Body:
{
    "name": "Example project 3 - Second Section"
}

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
{
    "project_id": "B724AAC3-5B2A-234A-D143-AE33CC18414",
    "name": "Example project 3 - Second Section",
    "authorization": {
        "project_actions": [
            "update"
        ]
    }
}

3.1.4 GET Project Extension Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/extensions

extensions_GET.json

Retrieve a specific projects extensions. Project extensions are used to define possible values that can be used in topics and comments, for example topic labels and priorities. They may change during the course of a project. The most recent extensions state which values are valid at a given moment for newly created topics and comments.

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/B724AAC3-5B2A-234A-D143-AE33CC18414/extensions

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
{
    "topic_type": [
        "Information",
        "Error"
    ],
    "topic_status": [
        "Open",
        "Closed",
        "ReOpened"
    ],
    "topic_label": [
        "Architecture",
        "Structural",
        "MEP"
    ],
    "snippet_type": [
        ".ifc",
        ".csv"
    ],
    "priority": [
        "Low",
        "Medium",
        "High"
    ],
    "users": [
        "Architect@example.com",
        "BIM-Manager@example.com",
        "bob_heater@example.com"
    ],
    "stage": [
        "Preliminary Planning End",
        "Construction Start",
        "Construction End"
    ],
    "project_actions": [
        "update",
        "createTopic",
        "createDocument"
    ],
    "topic_actions": [
        "update",
        "updateBimSnippet",
        "updateRelatedTopics",
        "updateDocumentReferences",
        "updateFiles",
        "createComment",
        "createViewpoint"
    ],
    "comment_actions": [
        "update"
    ]
}

3.1.5 Expressing User Authorization Through Project Extensions

Global default authorizations for the requesting user can be expressed in the project schema. The actions authorized here will apply to any entities that do not override them locally. The complete set of options for the BCF entities are listed below.

3.1.5.1 Project

The 'project_actions' entry in the project extensions defines what actions are allowed to be performed at the project level. The available actions include:

3.1.5.2 Topic

The 'topic_actions' entry in the project extensions defines what actions are allowed to be performed at the topic level by default (i.e. unless overridden by specific topics) The available actions include:

3.1.5.3 Comment

The 'comment_actions' entry in the project extensions defines what actions are allowed to be performed at the comment level by default (i.e unless overridden by specific comments). The available actions include:


3.2 Topic Services

3.2.1 GET Topics Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics

topic_GET.json

Retrieve a collection of topics related to a project (default sort order is creation_date).

Odata filter parameters

parameter type description
creation_author string userId of the creation author (value from extensions)
modified_author string userId of the modified author (value from extensions)
assigned_to string userId of the assigned person (value from extensions)
stage string stage this topic is part of (value from extensions)
topic_status string status of a topic (value from extensions)
topic_type string type of a topic (value from extensions)
creation_date datetime creation date of a topic
modified_date datetime modification date of a topic. The modification date of a server's topic should be the latest value of when the topic has been modified or when the latest comment has been updated or when a "floating viewpoint" (a viewpoint which is not associated with a comment) is added
labels array (string) labels of a topic (value from extensions)
priority string priority of a topic (value from extensions)

Odata sort parameters

parameter description
creation_date creation date of a topic
modified_date modification date of a topic
server_assigned_id the server_assigned_id of the topic
index index of a topic This property is deprecated and will be removed in a future release

Example Request with odata

Get topics that are open, assigned to Architect@example.com and created after December 5th 2015. Sort the result on last modified

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics?$filter=assigned_to eq 'Architect@example.com' and topic_status eq 'Open' and creation_date gt 2015-12-05T00:00:00+01:00&$orderby=modified_date desc

Odata does not support list operators. To achieve list query, use the 'or' operator. Get topics that have at least one of the labels 'Architecture', 'Structural' or 'Heating'

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics?$filter=labels/any(label: label eq 'Architecture') or labels/any(label: label eq 'Structural') or labels/any(label: label eq 'Heating')

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
[{
    "guid": "A245F4F2-2C01-B43B-B612-5E456BEF8116",
    "server_assigned_id": "ISSUE-00001",
    "creation_author": "Architect@example.com",
    "title": "Example topic 1",
    "labels": [
        "Architecture",
        "Structural"
    ],
    "creation_date": "2013-10-21T17:34:22.409Z"
}, {
    "guid": "A211FCC2-3A3B-EAA4-C321-DE22ABC8414",
    "server_assigned_id": "ISSUE-00078",
    "creation_author": "Architect@example.com",
    "title": "Example topic 2",
    "labels": [
        "Architecture",
        "Heating",
        "Electrical"
    ],
    "creation_date": "2014-11-19T14:24:11.316Z"
}]

3.2.2 POST Topic Service

Resource URL

POST /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics

topic_POST.json

Add a new topic. This operation is only possible when the server returns the createTopic flag in the Project authorization, see section 3.1.5

Parameters

JSON encoded body using the "application/json" content type.

Parameter Type Description Required
guid string The desired guid. See OpenCDE Foundation section 1.5.1 when GUID already exists in target system. false
topic_type string The type of a topic (value from extension.xsd) false
topic_status string The status of a topic (value from extension.xsd) false
reference_links array (string) Reference links, i.e. links to referenced resources false
title string The title of a topic true
priority string The priority of a topic (value from extension.xsd) false
index integer The index of a topic This property is deprecated and will be removed in a future release false
labels array (string) The collection of labels of a topic (values from extension.xsd) false
assigned_to string UserID assigned to a topic (value from extension.xsd). UserIDs are recommended to be in email format as to uniquely identify users throughout multiple systems false
stage string Stage this topic is part of (value from extension.xsd) false
description string Description of a topic false
bim_snippet.snippet_type string Type of a BIM-Snippet of a topic (value from extension.xsd) false
bim_snippet.is_external boolean Is the BIM-Snippet external (default = false) false
bim_snippet.reference string Reference of a BIM-Snippet of a topic false
bim_snippet.reference_schema string Schema of a BIM-Snippet of a topic false
due_date string Until when the topics issue needs to be resolved false

Note: If "bim_snippet" is present, then all four properties (snippet_type, is_external, reference and reference_schema) are mandatory.

Example Request

POST /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics
Body:
{
    "topic_type": "Clash",
    "topic_status": "open",
    "title": "Example topic 3",
    "priority": "high",
    "labels": [
        "Architecture",
        "Heating"
    ],
    "assigned_to": "harry.muster@example.com",
    "bim_snippet": {
        "snippet_type": "clash",
        "is_external": true,
        "reference": "https://example.com/bcf/1.0/ADFE23AA11BCFF444122BB",
        "reference_schema": "https://example.com/bcf/1.0/clash.xsd"
    }
}

Example Response

Response Code: 201 - Created
Body:
{
    "guid": "A245F4F2-2C01-B43B-B612-5E456BEF8116",
    "server_assigned_id": "ISSUE-01462",
    "creation_author": "Architect@example.com",
    "creation_date": "2016-08-01T17:34:22.409Z",
    "topic_type": "Clash",
    "topic_status": "open",
    "title": "Example topic 3",
    "priority": "high",
    "labels": [
        "Architecture",
        "Heating"
    ],
    "assigned_to": "harry.muster@example.com",
    "bim_snippet": {
        "snippet_type": "clash",
        "is_external": true,
        "reference": "https://example.com/bcf/1.0/ADFE23AA11BCFF444122BB",
        "reference_schema": "https://example.com/bcf/1.0/clash.xsd"
    }
}

3.2.3 GET Topic Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{guid}/topics/{guid}

topic_GET.json

Retrieve a specific topic.

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
{
    "guid": "B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228",
    "server_assigned_id": "ISSUE-00549",
    "creation_author": "Architect@example.com",
    "creation_date": "2016-08-01T17:34:22.409Z",
    "topic_type": "Clash",
    "topic_status": "open",
    "title": "Example topic 3",
    "priority": "high",
    "labels": [
        "Architecture",
        "Heating"
    ],
    "assigned_to": "harry.muster@example.com",
    "bim_snippet": {
        "snippet_type": "clash",
        "is_external": true,
        "reference": "https://example.com/bcf/1.0/ADFE23AA11BCFF444122BB",
        "reference_schema": "https://example.com/bcf/1.0/clash.xsd"
    },
    "authorization": {
        "topic_actions": [
            "createComment",
            "createViewpoint"
        ]
    }
}

3.2.4 PUT Topic Service

Resource URL

PUT /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}

topic_PUT.json

Modify a specific topic, description similar to POST. This operation is only possible when the server returns the update flag in the Topic authorization, see section 3.2.8

Example Request

PUT /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228
Body:
{
    "topic_type": "Clash",
    "topic_status": "open",
    "title": "Example topic 3 - Changed Title",
    "priority": "high",
    "labels": [
        "Architecture",
        "Heating"
    ],
    "assigned_to": "harry.muster@example.com",
    "bim_snippet": {
        "snippet_type": "clash",
        "is_external": true,
        "reference": "https://example.com/bcf/1.0/ADFE23AA11BCFF444122BB",
        "reference_schema": "https://example.com/bcf/1.0/clash.xsd"
    }
}

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
{
    "guid": "B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228",
    "server_assigned_id": "ISSUE-00037",
    "creation_author": "Architect@example.com",
    "creation_date": "2016-08-01T17:34:22.409Z",
    "modified_author": "Architect@example.com",
    "modified_date": "2016-08-02T13:22:22.409Z",
    "topic_type": "Clash",
    "topic_status": "open",
    "title": "Example topic 3 - Changed Title",
    "priority": "high",
    "labels": [
        "Architecture",
        "Heating"
    ],
    "assigned_to": "harry.muster@example.com",
    "bim_snippet": {
        "snippet_type": "clash",
        "is_external": true,
        "reference": "https://example.com/bcf/1.0/ADFE23AA11BCFF444122BB",
        "reference_schema": "https://example.com/bcf/1.0/clash.xsd"
    }
}

3.2.5 DELETE Topic Service

Resource URL

DELETE /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}

Deletes a single topic. This operation is only possible when the server returns the delete flag in the Topic authorization, see section 3.2.8

Example Request

DELETE /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK

3.2.6 GET Topic BIM Snippet Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/snippet

Retrieves a topics BIM-Snippet as binary file.

3.2.7 PUT Topic BIM Snippet Service

Resource URL

PUT /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/snippet

Puts a new BIM Snippet binary file to a topic. If this is used, the parent topics BIM Snippet property is_external must be set to false and the reference must be the file name with extension. This operation is only possible when the server returns the updateBimSnippet flag in the Topic authorization, see section 3.2.8

3.2.8 Determining Allowed Topic Modifications

The global default Topic authorizations are expressed in the project schema and when Topic(s) are requested with the query parameter "includeAuthorization" equal to "true" Topics will include an "authorization" field containing any local overrides for each Topic.

3.2.9 Topic Identifiers

Each topic has two identifiers:

  1. guid - machine-friendly, randomly generated and universally unique identifier. Both clients and servers must generate a guid when creating a topic using an RFC 4122 compliant UUID generator. The guid should be used in all client-server interactions to identify topics.

    guid examples: 420b24db-921c-46d6-9629-d529d130307f, 5139a00f-5cbd-4760-9e44-16cc4826aa5a

  2. server_assigned_id - a human-friendly identifier which is generated and controlled by the server. A server_assigned_id is project-unique: No two topics in a given server and project may have the same server_assigned_id. However, topics in different projects on a given server may have identical server_assigned_ids. server_assigned_ids can't be changed using the API; BCF clients should display server_assigned_ids to users to make it easier to locate and discuss topics.

    server_assigned_id examples: 003490, ISSUE-01

3.3 File Services

This group of services corresponds to the BCF-XML header Files element. The files associated with a topic are the models that should be loaded when displaying the topic's viewpoints.

3.3.1 GET Project Files Information Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/files_information

project_files_information_GET.json

Retrieve a collection of project_file_informations to support allowing users to choose which Files (models) to reference in the header of topics created on the server.

Each project_file_information record contains display_information to allow users to associate the File with a server model. The display_information object is designed to support user interface rendering in tabular format. The servers are required to provide a consistent list of fields across all project_file_information objects. The following table demonstrates tabular rendering of the Example Response (below):

Model Name Revision Date
ARCH-Z100-051 May 3 2020
MEP-Z100-015 Apr 30 2020

Each project_file_information also contains a file_GET object that will be accepted by the server should the user choose to associate a topic with that File.

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/files_information

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
[{
    "display_information": [{
        "field_display_name": "Model Name",
        "field_value": "ARCH-Z100-051"
    }, {
         "field_display_name": "Revision Date",
         "field_value": "May 3 2020"
    }],
    "file": {
        "ifc_project": "0J$yPqHBD12v72y4qF6XcD",
        "file_name": "OfficeBuilding_Architecture_0001.ifc",
        "reference": "https://example.com/files/0J$yPqHBD12v72y4qF6XcD_0001.ifc"
    }
}, {
    "display_information": [{
        "field_display_name": "Model Name",
        "field_value": "MEP-Z100-015"
    }, {
         "field_display_name": "Revision Date",
         "field_value": "Apr 30 2020"
    }],        
    "file": {
        "ifc_project": "3hwBHP91jBRwPsmyf$3Hea",
        "file_name": "OfficeBuilding_Heating_0003.ifc",
        "reference": "cf37bae6-0900-46be-b37f-b34754fe0b4a"
    }
}]

3.3.2 GET Files (Header) Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/files

file_GET.json

Retrieve a collection of file references as topic header.

Implementer Note: The reference property can either be an Uri or a server specific id. Uris are given as absolute paths to the model files while ids reference a custom id of the model file and require custom logic per server to retrieve it. This allows referencing of files on the server but requires clients to know how to retrieve files in a specific implementation.

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/files

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
[{
    "ifc_project": "0J$yPqHBD12v72y4qF6XcD",
    "filename": "OfficeBuilding_Architecture_0001.ifc",
    "reference": "https://example.com/files/0J$yPqHBD12v72y4qF6XcD_0001.ifc"
}, {
    "ifc_project": "3hwBHP91jBRwPsmyf$3Hea",
    "filename": "OfficeBuilding_Heating_0003.ifc",
    "reference": "cf37bae6-0900-46be-b37f-b34754fe0b4a"
}]

Note: In the above example, the second items reference is in a guid format and points to a model file that is located on the server. Servers don't have to use guid formats for their internal ids, so the expected format of the response can vary between servers.

3.3.3 PUT Files (Header) Service

Resource URL

PUT /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/files

file_PUT.json

Update a collection of file references on the topic header. This operation is only possible when the server returns the updateFiles flag in the Topic authorization, see section 3.2.8. Servers must always accept a File reference returned by the files_information endpoint. Servers may also accept other values such as a combination of fields from the header of the IFC file.

Example Request

PUT /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/files
Body:
[{
    "ifc_project": "0J$yPqHBD12v72y4qF6XcD",
    "filename": "OfficeBuilding_Architecture_0001.ifc",
    "reference": "https://example.com/files/0J$yPqHBD12v72y4qF6XcD_0001.ifc"
}, {
    "ifc_project": "3hwBHP91jBRwPsmyf$3Hea",
    "filename": "OfficeBuilding_Heating_0003.ifc",
    "reference": "cf37bae6-0900-46be-b37f-b34754fe0b4a"
}]

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
[{
    "ifc_project": "0J$yPqHBD12v72y4qF6XcD",
    "filename": "OfficeBuilding_Architecture_0001.ifc",
    "reference": "https://example.com/files/0J$yPqHBD12v72y4qF6XcD_0001.ifc"
}, {
    "ifc_project": "3hwBHP91jBRwPsmyf$3Hea",
    "filename": "OfficeBuilding_Heating_0003.ifc",
    "reference": "cf37bae6-0900-46be-b37f-b34754fe0b4a"
}]

3.4 Comment Services

3.4.1 GET Comments Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/comments

comment_GET.json

Retrieve a collection of all comments related to a topic (default ordering is date).

Odata filter parameters

parameter type description
author string userId of the author (value from extensions)
date datetime creation date of a comment

Odata sort parameters

parameter description
date creation date of a comment

Example Request with odata

Get comments that are created after December 5 2015. Sort the result on first created

GET /bcf/1.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/comments?$filter=date gt 2015-12-05T00:00:00+01:00&$orderby=date asc

Example Request

GET /bcf/1.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/comments

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
[{
    "guid": "C4215F4D-AC45-A43A-D615-AA456BEF832B",
    "date": "2016-08-01T12:34:22.409Z",
    "author": "max.muster@example.com",
    "comment": "Clash found",
    "topic_guid": "B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228",
    "authorization": {
        "comment_actions": [
            "update"
        ]
    }
}, {
    "guid": "A333FCA8-1A31-CAAC-A321-BB33ABC8414",
    "date": "2016-08-01T14:24:11.316Z",
    "author": "bob.heater@example.com",
    "comment": "will rework the heating model",
    "topic_guid": "B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228"
}]

3.4.2 POST Comment Service

Resource URL

POST /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/comments

comment_POST.json

Add a new comment to a topic. This operation is only possible when the server returns the createComment flag in the Topic authorization, see section 3.2.8

Parameters

JSON encoded body using the "application/json" content type.

Parameter Type Description Required
guid string The desired guid. See OpenCDE Foundation section 1.5.1 when GUID already exists in target system. false
comment string The comment text. Must not be blank or empty if provided true, unless viewpoint_guid is provided
viewpoint_guid string The GUID of the related viewpoint true, unless comment is provided

Example Request

POST /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/comments
Body:
{
    "comment": "will rework the heating model"
}

Example Response

Response Code: 201 - Created
Body:
{
    "guid": "A333FCA8-1A31-CAAC-A321-BB33ABC8414",
    "date": "2016-08-01T14:24:11.316Z",
    "author": "bob.heater@example.com",
    "comment": "will rework the heating model",
    "topic_guid": "B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228"
}

3.4.3 GET Comment Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/comments/{guid}

comment_GET.json

Get a single comment.

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/comments/A333FCA8-1A31-CAAC-A321-BB33ABC8414

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
{
    "guid": "A333FCA8-1A31-CAAC-A321-BB33ABC8414",
    "date": "2016-08-01T14:24:11.316Z",
    "author": "bob.heater@example.com",
    "comment": "will rework the heating model",
    "topic_guid": "B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228"
}

3.4.4 PUT Comment Service

Resource URL

PUT /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/comments/{guid}

comment_PUT.json

Update a single comment, description similar to POST. This operation is only possible when the server returns the update flag in the Comment authorization, see section 3.4.6

Example Request

PUT /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/comments/A333FCA8-1A31-CAAC-A321-BB33ABC8414
Body:
{
    "comment": "will rework the heating model and fix the ventilation"
}

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
{
    "guid": "A333FCA8-1A31-CAAC-A321-BB33ABC8414",
    "date": "2016-08-01T14:24:11.316Z",
    "author": "bob.heater@example.com",
    "modified_date": "2016-08-01T19:24:11.316Z",
    "modified_author": "bob.heater@example.com",
    "comment": "will rework the heating model and fix the ventilation",
    "topic_guid": "B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228"
}

3.4.5 DELETE Comment Service

Resource URL

DELETE /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/comments/{guid}

Deletes a single comment. This operation is only possible when the server returns the delete flag in the Comment authorization, see section 3.4.6

Example Request

DELETE /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/comments/A333FCA8-1A31-CAAC-A321-BB33ABC8414

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK

3.4.6 Determining allowed Comment modifications

The global default Comment authorizations are expressed in the project schema and when Comment(s) are requested with the query parameter "includeAuthorization" equal to "true" Comments will include an "authorization" field containing any local overrides for each Comment.

3.5 Viewpoint Services

Viewpoints are described in detail in BCF-XML.

3.5.1 GET Viewpoints Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/viewpoints

viewpoint_GET.json

Retrieve a collection of all viewpoints related to a topic.

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/viewpoints

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
[{
    "guid": "b24a82e9-f67b-43b8-bda0-4946abf39624",
    "perspective_camera": {
        "camera_view_point": {
            "x": 0.0,
            "y": 0.0,
            "z": 0.0
        },
        "camera_direction": {
            "x": 1.0,
            "y": 1.0,
            "z": 2.0
        },
        "camera_up_vector": {
            "x": 0.0,
            "y": 0.0,
            "z": 1.0
        },
        "field_of_view": 90.0,
        "aspect_ratio": 1.33
    },
    "lines": [{
        "start_point": {
            "x": 2.0,
            "y": 1.0,
            "z": 1.0
        },
        "end_point": {
            "x": 0.0,
            "y": 1.0,
            "z": 0.7
        }
    }],
    "clipping_planes": [{
        "location": {
            "x": 0.7,
            "y": 0.3,
            "z": -0.2
        },
        "direction": {
            "x": 1.0,
            "y": 0.4,
            "z": 0.1
        }
    }]
}, {
    "guid": "a11a82e7-e66c-34b4-ada1-5846abf39133",
    "perspective_camera": {
        "camera_view_point": {
            "x": 0.0,
            "y": 0.0,
            "z": 0.0
        },
        "camera_direction": {
            "x": 1.0,
            "y": 1.0,
            "z": 2.0
        },
        "camera_up_vector": {
            "x": 0.0,
            "y": 0.0,
            "z": 1.0
        },
        "field_of_view": 90.0,
        "aspect_ratio": 1.33
    },
    "lines": [{
        "start_point": {
            "x": 1.0,
            "y": 1.0,
            "z": 1.0
        },
        "end_point": {
            "x": 0.0,
            "y": 0.0,
            "z": 0.0
        }
    }],
    "clipping_planes": [{
        "location": {
            "x": 0.5,
            "y": 0.5,
            "z": 0.5
        },
        "direction": {
            "x": 1.0,
            "y": 0.0,
            "z": 0.0
        }
    }]
}]

3.5.2 POST Viewpoint Service

Resource URL

POST /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/viewpoints

viewpoint_POST.json

Add a new viewpoint. Viewpoints are immutable, meaning that they should never change. Requirements for different visualizations should be handled by creating new viewpoint elements. This operation is only possible when the server returns the createViewpoint flag in the Topic authorization, see section 3.2.8

Parameters

JSON encoded body using the "application/json" content type.

parameter type description required
guid string The desired guid. See OpenCDE Foundation section 1.5.1 when GUID already exists in target system. optional
index integer parameter for sorting optional
orthogonal_camera Orthogonal camera orthogonal camera view see viewpoint optional/mandatory fields clarification
perspective_camera Perspective camera perspective view of the camera see viewpoint optional/mandatory fields clarification
lines array of Line graphical line optional
clipping_planes array of Clipping Plane clipping planes for the model view optional
bitmaps array of Bitmap embedded pictures in the viewpoint optional
snapshot Snapshot snapshot image of the viewpoint. Note: The longest dimension of should not exceed 1500 px, length or width. see viewpoint optional/mandatory fields clarification
components Components Components in the viewpoint optional

Viewpoint optional/mandatory fields clarification

  1. Camera definition is exactly one of perspective_camera or orthogonal_camera
  2. Visualisation information consists of one or more of the following elements: lines, clipping_plans, bitmaps, components
  3. A viewpoint must contain a camera definition, a snapshot or both
  4. A viewpoint containing visualization information must also contain a camera definition

3.5.2.1 Point

point.json

parameter type description required
x number x point mandatory
y number y point mandatory
z number z point mandatory

3.5.2.2 Direction

direction.json

Direction must not be a zero vector.

parameter type description required
x number x direction mandatory
y number y direction mandatory
z number z direction mandatory

Camera

Perspective and Orthogonal cameras are explained in detail in BCF-XML.

Camera Illustration

3.5.2.3 Orthogonal camera

orthogonal_camera.json

parameter type description required
camera_view_point Point camera location mandatory
camera_direction Direction camera direction mandatory
camera_up_vector Direction camera up vector mandatory
view_to_world_scale number the entire vertical scaling from view to world mandatory
aspect_ratio number proportional relationship between the width and the height of the view (w/h) mandatory

3.5.2.4 Perspective camera

perspective_camera.json

parameter type description required
camera_view_point Point camera location mandatory
camera_direction Direction camera direction mandatory
camera_up_vector Direction camera up vector mandatory
field_of_view number the entire vertical field of view angle of the camera, expressed in degrees mandatory
aspect_ratio number proportional relationship between the width and the height of the view (w/h) mandatory

3.5.2.5 Line

line.json

parameter type description required
start_point Point start point of the line mandatory
end_point Point end point of the line (Treated as point if start_point and end_point is the same mandatory

3.5.2.6 Clipping plane

clipping_plane.json

parameter type description required
location Point origin of the clipping plane mandatory
direction Direction direction of the clipping plane, points in the invisible direction meaning the half-space that is clipped mandatory

3.5.2.7 Bitmap

bitmap.json

parameter type description required
bitmap_type enum (string) format of the bitmap. Predefined values png or jpg mandatory
bitmap_data base64 encoded string The bitmap image data mandatory
location Point location of the center of the bitmap in world coordinates (point) mandatory
normal Direction normal vector of the bitmap (vector) mandatory
up Direction up vector of the bitmap (vector) mandatory
height number height of bitmap in the scene mandatory

3.5.2.8 Snapshot

snapshot.json

parameter type description required
snapshot_type enum (string) format of the snapshot. Predefined values png or jpg mandatory
snapshot_data base64 encoded string The snapshot image data mandatory

3.5.2.9 Components

components.json

parameter type description required
selection array of Component Selected components optional
coloring array of Coloring Colored components optional
visibility Visibility Visibility of components mandatory

3.5.2.10 Component

component.json

Optimization rules

BCF is suitable for selecting a few components. A huge list of selected components causes poor performance. All clients should follow this rule:

  • If the size of the selected components is huge (approximately 1000 components), alert the user and give him the opportunity to modify the visibility.
parameter type description required
ifc_guid string IFC guid of the component optional, if authoring_tool_id is provided
originating_system string originating system of the component optional
authoring_tool_id string internal id for the authoring tool of the component optional, if ifc_guid is provided

Note that ifc_guid must be provided, if possible. The authoring_tool_id can be used as a fallback when an ifc_guid is not available.

3.5.2.11 Coloring

coloring.json

Optimization rules

BCF is suitable for coloring a few components. A huge list of components causes poor performance. All clients should follow this rule:

  • If the size of colored components is huge (approximately 1000 components), alert the user and give him the opportunity to modify the coloring.

The color is given in ARGB format. Colors are represented as 6 or 8 hexadecimal digits. If 8 digits are present, the first two represent the alpha (transparency) channel. For example, 40E0D0 would be the color Turquoise. More information about the color format can be found on Wikipedia.

parameter type description required
color string Color of the components mandatory
components array of Component Colored components mandatory

3.5.2.12 Visibility

visibility.json

Optimization rules

BCF is suitable for hiding/showing a few components. A huge list of hidden/shown components causes poor performance. All clients should follow these rules:

  • If the list of hidden components is smaller than the list of visible components: set default_visibility to true and put the hidden components in exceptions.
  • If the list of visible components is smaller or equals the list of hidden components: set default_visibility to false and put the visible components in exceptions.
  • If the size of exceptions is huge (approximately 1000 components), alert the user and give him the opportunity to modify the visibility.
parameter type description required
default_visibility boolean If true: Show all components, and hide the exceptions. If false: Hide all components and show exceptions optional, default false
exceptions array of Component Components to hide/show determined by default_visibility optional
view_setup_hints View setup hints Hints about the setup of the viewer optional

3.5.2.13 View setup hints

view_setup_hints.json

parameter type description required
spaces_visible boolean Visibility of spaces optional, default false
space_boundaries_visible boolean Visibility of space_boundaries optional, default false
openings_visible boolean Visibility of openings optional, default false

Example Request

POST /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/viewpoints
Body:
{
    "index": 10,
    "perspective_camera": {
        "camera_view_point": {
            "x": 0.0,
            "y": 0.0,
            "z": 0.0
        },
        "camera_direction": {
            "x": 1.0,
            "y": 1.0,
            "z": 2.0
        },
        "camera_up_vector": {
            "x": 0.0,
            "y": 0.0,
            "z": 1.0
        },
        "field_of_view": 90.0,
        "aspect_ratio": 1.33
    },
    "lines": [{
        "start_point": {
            "x": 1.0,
            "y": 1.0,
            "z": 1.0
        },
        "end_point": {
            "x": 0.0,
            "y": 0.0,
            "z": 0.0
        }
    }],
    "clipping_planes": [{
        "location": {
            "x": 0.5,
            "y": 0.5,
            "z": 0.5
        },
        "direction": {
            "x": 1.0,
            "y": 0.0,
            "z": 0.0
        }
    }],
    "bitmaps": [{
        "bitmap_type": "jpg",
        "bitmap_data": "SGVsbG8gV29ybGQh",
        "location": {
            "x": 10.0,
            "y": -10.0,
            "z": 7.0
        },
        "normal": {
            "x": -1.0,
            "y": 1.25,
            "z": 0.0
        },
        "up": {
            "x": -5.4,
            "y": -4.3,
            "z": 1.0
        },
        "height": 1666
    }],
    "snapshot": {
        "snapshot_type": "png",
        "snapshot_data": "SGVsbG8gV29ybGQh"
    },
    "components": {
        "selection": [{
            "ifc_guid": "2MF28NhmDBiRVyFakgdbCT",
            "originating_system": "Example CAD Application",
            "authoring_tool_id": "EXCAD/v1.0"
        }],
        "coloring": [{
            "color": "ff0000",
            "components": [{
                "ifc_guid": "3$cshxZO9AJBebsni$z9Yk"
            }]
        }],
        "visibility": {
            "default_visibility": false,
            "exceptions": [{
                "ifc_guid": "4$cshxZO9AJBebsni$z9Yk"
            }],
            "view_setup_hints": {
                "spaces_visible": true,
                "space_boundaries_visible": false,
                "openings_visible": true
            }
        }
    }
}

Example Response

Response Code: 201 - Created
Body:
{
    "guid": "a11a82e7-e66c-34b4-ada1-5846abf39133",
    "index": 10,
    "perspective_camera": {
        "camera_view_point": {
            "x": 0.0,
            "y": 0.0,
            "z": 0.0
        },
        "camera_direction": {
            "x": 1.0,
            "y": 1.0,
            "z": 2.0
        },
        "camera_up_vector": {
            "x": 0.0,
            "y": 0.0,
            "z": 1.0
        },
        "field_of_view": 90.0,
        "aspect_ratio": 1.33
    },
    "lines": [{
        "start_point": {
            "x": 1.0,
            "y": 1.0,
            "z": 1.0
        },
        "end_point": {
            "x": 0.0,
            "y": 0.0,
            "z": 0.0
        }
    }],
    "clipping_planes": [{
        "location": {
            "x": 0.5,
            "y": 0.5,
            "z": 0.5
        },
        "direction": {
            "x": 1.0,
            "y": 0.0,
            "z": 0.0
        }
    }],
    "bitmaps": [{
        "guid": "20c1cb56-315f-4a0a-922d-ed7a4a8edf55",
        "bitmap_type": "jpg",
        "location": {
            "x": 10.0,
            "y": -10.0,
            "z": 7.0
        },
        "normal": {
            "x": -1.0,
            "y": 1.25,
            "z": 0.0
        },
        "up": {
            "x": -5.4,
            "y": -4.3,
            "z": 1.0
        },
        "height": 1666
    }],
    "snapshot": {
        "snapshot_type": "png"
    }
}

3.5.3 GET Viewpoint Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{guid}/topics/{guid}/viewpoints/{guid}

viewpoint_GET.json

Retrieve a specific viewpoint.

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/viewpoints/a11a82e7-e66c-34b4-ada1-5846abf39133

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
{
    "guid": "a11a82e7-e66c-34b4-ada1-5846abf39133",
    "index": 10,
    "perspective_camera": {
        "camera_view_point": {
            "x": 0.0,
            "y": 0.0,
            "z": 0.0
        },
        "camera_direction": {
            "x": 1.0,
            "y": 1.0,
            "z": 2.0
        },
        "camera_up_vector": {
            "x": 0.0,
            "y": 0.0,
            "z": 1.0
        },
        "field_of_view": 90.0,
        "aspect_ratio": 1.33
    },
    "lines": [{
        "start_point": {
            "x": 1.0,
            "y": 1.0,
            "z": 1.0
        },
        "end_point": {
            "x": 0.0,
            "y": 0.0,
            "z": 0.0
        }
    }],
    "clipping_planes": [{
        "location": {
            "x": 0.5,
            "y": 0.5,
            "z": 0.5
        },
        "direction": {
            "x": 1.0,
            "y": 0.0,
            "z": 0.0
        }
    }],
    "bitmaps": [{
        "guid": "20c1cb56-315f-4a0a-922d-ed7a4a8edf55"
        "bitmap_type": "jpg",
        "location": {
            "x": 10.0,
            "y": -10.0,
            "z": 7.0
        },
        "normal": {
            "x": -1.0,
            "y": 1.25,
            "z": 0.0
        },
        "up": {
            "x": -5.4,
            "y": -4.3,
            "z": 1.0
        },
        "height": 1666
    }],
    "snapshot": {
        "snapshot_type": "png"
    }
}

3.5.4 GET Viewpoint Snapshot Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{guid}/topics/{guid}/viewpoints/{guid}/snapshot

Retrieve a viewpoints snapshot (png or jpg) as image file. A viewpoint contains a snapshot if viewpoint.snapshot != null.

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/viewpoints/a11a82e7-e66c-34b4-ada1-5846abf39133/snapshot

3.5.5 GET Viewpoint Bitmap Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{guid}/topics/{guid}/viewpoints/{guid}/bitmaps/{guid}

Retrieve a specific viewpoints bitmap image file (png or jpg).

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/viewpoints/a11a82e7-e66c-34b4-ada1-5846abf39133/bitmaps/20c1cb56-315f-4a0a-922d-ed7a4a8edf55

3.5.6 GET selected Components Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/viewpoints/{guid}/selection

selection_GET.json

Retrieve a collection of all selected components in a viewpoint.

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/viewpoints/a11a82e7-e66c-34b4-ada1-5846abf39133/selection

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
{
    "selection": [
        {
            "ifc_guid": "2MF28NhmDBiRVyFakgdbCT",
            "originating_system": "Example CAD Application",
            "authoring_tool_id": "EXCAD/v1.0"
        }, {
            "ifc_guid": "3$cshxZO9AJBebsni$z9Yk"
        }
    ]
}

3.5.7 GET colored Components Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/viewpoints/{guid}/coloring

coloring_GET.json

Retrieve a collection of all colored components in a viewpoint.

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/viewpoints/a11a82e7-e66c-34b4-ada1-5846abf39133/coloring

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
{
    "coloring": [
        {
            "color": "ff0000",
            "components": [
                {
                    "ifc_guid": "2MF28NhmDBiRVyFakgdbCT",
                    "originating_system": "Example CAD Application",
                    "authoring_tool_id": "EXCAD/v1.0"
                }, {
                    "ifc_guid": "3$cshxZO9AJBebsni$z9Yk"
                }
            ]
        }
    ]
}

3.5.8 GET visibility of Components Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/viewpoints/{guid}/visibility

visibility_GET.json

Retrieve visibility of components in a viewpoint.

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/viewpoints/a11a82e7-e66c-34b4-ada1-5846abf39133/visibility

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
{
    "visibility": {
            "default_visibility": true,
        "exceptions": [
            {
                "ifc_guid": "2MF28NhmDBiRVyFakgdbCT",
                "originating_system": "Example CAD Application",
                "authoring_tool_id": "EXCAD/v1.0"
            }, {
                "ifc_guid": "3$cshxZO9AJBebsni$z9Yk",
            }
        ],
        "view_setup_hints": {
            "spaces_visible": true,
            "space_boundaries_visible": false,
            "openings_visible": true
        }
    }
}

3.5.9 DELETE Viewpoint Service

Resource URL

DELETE /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/viewpoints/{guid}

Deletes a single viewpoint. This operation is only possible when the server returns the delete flag in the Viewpoint authorization, see section 3.5.10

Note: If there is a comment associated to the viewpoint, the server might reject this request:

  • The server should return the http response status code 409
  • The client needs to disaccosiate this comment, before trying again.

Example Request

DELETE /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/viewpoints/a11a82e7-e66c-34b4-ada1-5846abf39133

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK

3.5.10 Determining allowed Viewpoint modifications

The global default Viewpoint authorizations are expressed in the project schema and when Viewpoint(s) are requested with the query parameter "includeAuthorization" equal to "true" Viewpoints will include an "authorization" field containing any local overrides for each Viewpoint.

3.6 Related Topics Services

3.6.1 GET Related Topics Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/related_topics

related_topic_GET.json

Retrieve a collection of all related topics to a topic.

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/related_topics

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
[{
    "related_topic_guid": "db49df2b-0e42-473b-a3ee-f7b785d783c4"
}, {
    "related_topic_guid": "6963a846-54d1-4050-954d-607cd5e48aa3"
}]

3.6.2 PUT Related Topics Service

Resource URL

PUT /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/related_topics

related_topic_PUT.json

Add or update a collection of all related topics to a topic. This operation is only possible when the server returns the updateRelatedTopics flag in the Topic authorization, see section 3.2.8

Example Request

PUT /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/related_topics
Body:
[{
    "related_topic_guid": "db49df2b-0e42-473b-a3ee-f7b785d783c4"
}, {
    "related_topic_guid": "6963a846-54d1-4050-954d-607cd5e48aa3"
}, {
    "related_topic_guid": "bac66ab4-331e-4f21-a28e-083d2cf2e796"
}]

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
[{
    "related_topic_guid": "db49df2b-0e42-473b-a3ee-f7b785d783c4"
}, {
    "related_topic_guid": "6963a846-54d1-4050-954d-607cd5e48aa3"
}, {
    "related_topic_guid": "bac66ab4-331e-4f21-a28e-083d2cf2e796"
}]

3.7 Document Reference Services

Service for relating documents to topics. Related documents can be either internal or external, determined by the fields url and document_guid.

The url and the document_guid fields are mutually exclusive, which means that only one of these fields are set. A document_reference with url set, is referencing an external resource. A document_reference with document_guid set, is referencing an internal document which can be downloaded using the GET Document Service.

3.7.1 GET Document References Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/document_references

document_reference_GET.json

Retrieve a collection of all document references to a topic.

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/document_references

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
[{
    "guid": "212ab37a-6122-448e-86fc-86503183b520",
    "url": "http://example.com/files/LegalRequirements.pdf",
    "description": "The legal requirements for buildings."
}, {
    "guid": "6cbfe31d-95c3-4f4d-92a6-420c23698721",
    "document_guid": "472ab37a-6122-448e-86fc-86503183b520",
    "description": "The building owners global design parameters for buildings."
}]

3.7.2 POST Document Reference Service

Resource URL

POST /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/document_references

document_reference_POST.json

Add a document reference to a topic. This operation is only possible when the server returns the updateDocumentReferences flag in the Topic authorization, see section 3.2.8

Should either reference an internal or an external document.

  • Internal
    • document_guid must match an existing document in the project
    • url must be null
  • External
    • document_guid must be null
    • url must be the url to the external resource

Parameters

JSON encoded body using the "application/json" content type.

Parameter Type Description Required
guid string The desired guid. See OpenCDE Foundation section 1.5.1 when GUID already exists in target system. false
document_guid string The guid of the document (Internal document) false
url The url (External document) false
description string The description of the document reference false

Example Request

POST /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/document_references
Body:
{
    "url": "http://example.com/files/LegalRequirements.pdf",
    "description": "The legal requirements for buildings."
}

Example Response

Response Code: 201 - Created
Body:
{
    "guid": "275ab37a-6122-448e-86fc-86503183b520",
    "url": "http://example.com/files/LegalRequirements.pdf",
    "description": "The legal requirements for buildings."
}

Example Request

POST /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/document_references
Body:
{
    "document_guid": "472ab37a-6122-448e-86fc-86503183b520",
    "description": "The building owners global design parameters for buildings."
}

Example Response

Response Code: 201 - Created
Body:
{
    "guid": "135ab37a-6122-448e-86fc-86503183b520",
    "document_guid": "472ab37a-6122-448e-86fc-86503183b520",
    "description": "The building owners global design parameters for buildings."
}

3.7.3 PUT Document Reference Service

Resource URL

PUT /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{guid}/document_references/{guid}

document_reference_PUT.json

Update an existing document reference identified by guid. Uses the same rules as POST Document Reference Service. This operation is only possible when the server returns the updateDocumentReferences flag in the Topic authorization, see section 3.2.8

Example Request

PUT /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/B345F4F2-3A04-B43B-A713-5E456BEF8228/document_references/472ab37a-6122-448e-86fc-86503183b520
Body:
{
    "url": "http://example.com/files/LegalRequirements_Update.pdf",
    "description": "The legal requirements for buildings."
}

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
{
    "guid": "135ab37a-6122-448e-86fc-86503183b520",
    "url": "http://example.com/files/LegalRequirements_Update.pdf",
    "description": "The legal requirements for buildings."
}

3.8 Document Services

3.8.1 GET Documents Service

document_GET.json

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/documents

Retrieve a collection of all documents uploaded to a project.

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/documents

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
[{
    "guid": "472ab37a-6122-448e-86fc-86503183b520",
    "filename": "LegalRequirements.pdf"
}, {
    "guid": "6cbfe31d-95c3-4f4d-92a6-420c23698721",
    "filename": "DesignParameters.pdf"
}]

3.8.2 POST Document Service

Resource URL

POST /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/documents

Upload a document (binary file) to a project. This operation is only possible when the server returns the createDocument flag in the Project authorization, see section 3.1.5

Optional: The desired document guid may be passed as a query parameter.

Example Request

POST /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/documents?guid=472ab37a-6122-448e-86fc-86503183b520

Example Response

Response Code: 201 - Created
Body:
{
    "guid": "472ab37a-6122-448e-86fc-86503183b520",
    "filename": "Official_Building_Permission.pdf"
}

3.8.3 GET Document Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/documents/{guid}

Retrieves a document as binary file.

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/documents/472ab37a-6122-448e-86fc-86503183b520

Example Response

Retrieves a document as binary file.

3.9 Topics Events Services

The topic events service reflects the events for topics. Each creation or update of a topic generates new topic events. Note: Whenever a topic has been created, the server also generates "update" and "add" events for all fields that are initially set. Example: If a topic contains a description, the description_updated event is generated. This is to ensure the full history.

3.9.1 GET Topics Events Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/events

topic_event_GET.json

Retrieve a collection of topic events related to a project (default sort order is date).

Topic event types

type value
topic_created null
title_updated The title (limit: 128 characters)
description_updated The description (limit: 1024 characters)
description_removed null
status_updated The status (value from extensions)
type_updated The type (value from extensions)
priority_updated The priority (value from extensions)
priority_removed null
due_date_updated The due date
due_date_removed null
assigned_to_updated The assigned user (value from extensions)
assigned_to_removed null
label_added The label added (value from extensions)
label_removed The label removed (value from extensions)
stage_added The stage was added (value from extensions)
stage_updated The stage was updated (value from extensions)
stage_removed The stage was removed (value from extensions)

Odata filter parameters

parameter type description
topic_guid string guid of the topic
author string userId of the author (value from extensions)
type string type of the event (value from Topic event types, table above)
date datetime date of the event

Odata sort parameters

parameter description
date date of the event

Example Request with odata

Get events of type 'status_updated' made by Architect@example.com and created after December 5th 2015. Sort the result on least recent

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/events?$filter=author eq 'Architect@example.com' and type eq 'status_updated' and date gt 2015-12-05T00:00:00+01:00&$orderby=date asc

Get latest events of given topic. Skip the 10 first, and get the 5 next

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/events?$filter=topic_guid eq 'A245F4F2-2C01-B43B-B612-5E456BEF8116'&$top=5&$skip=10

Get events that are of type 'status_updated', 'type_updated' or 'title_updated' or 'label_added'

/bcf/1.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/events?$filter=type eq 'status_updated' or type eq 'type_updated' or type eq 'title_updated' or type eq 'label_added'

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/events

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
[{
    "topic_guid": "A211FCC2-3A3B-EAA4-C321-DE22ABC8414",
    "date": "2014-11-19T14:24:11.316Z",
    "author": "Architect@example.com",
    "events": [
        {
            "type": "status_updated",
            "value": "Closed"
        }
    ]
}, {
    "topic_guid": "A245F4F2-2C01-B43B-B612-5E456BEF8116",
    "date": "2013-10-21T17:34:22.409Z",
    "author": "Architect@example.com",
    "events": [
        {
            "type": "type_updated",
            "value": "Warning"
        }
    ]
}]

3.9.2 GET Topic Events Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{topic_guid}/events

topic_event_GET.json

Retrieve a collection of topic events related to a project (default sort order is date).

Topic event types

type value
topic_created null
title_updated The title (limit: 128 characters)
description_updated The description (limit: 1024 characters)
description_removed null
status_updated The status (value from extensions)
type_updated The type (value from extensions)
priority_updated The priority (value from extensions)
priority_removed null
due_date_updated The due date
due_date_removed null
assigned_to_updated The assigned user (value from extensions)
assigned_to_removed null
label_added The label added (value from extensions)
label_removed The label removed (value from extensions)
stage_added The stage was added (value from extensions)
stage_updated The stage was updated (value from extensions)
stage_removed The stage was removed (value from extensions)

Odata filter parameters

parameter type description
author string userId of the author (value from extensions)
type string type of the event (value from Topic event types, table above)
date datetime date of the event

Odata sort parameters

parameter description
date date of the event

Example Request with odata

Get events of type 'status_updated' made by Architect@example.com and created after December 5th 2015. Sort the result on least recent

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/A245F4F2-2C01-B43B-B612-5E456BEF8116/events?$filter=author eq 'Architect@example.com' and type eq 'status_updated' and date gt 2015-12-05T00:00:00+01:00&$orderby=date asc

Get latest events. Skip the 10 first, and get the 5 next

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/A245F4F2-2C01-B43B-B612-5E456BEF8116/events?$top=5&$skip=10

Odata does not support list operators. To achieve list query, use the 'or' operator. Get events that is of type 'status_updated', 'type_updated' or 'title_updated' or 'label_added'

/bcf/1.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/A245F4F2-2C01-B43B-B612-5E456BEF8116/events?$filter=type eq 'status_updated' or type eq 'type_updated' or type eq 'title_updated' or type eq 'label_updated'

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/A245F4F2-2C01-B43B-B612-5E456BEF8116/events

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
[{
    "topic_guid": "A245F4F2-2C01-B43B-B612-5E456BEF8116",
    "date": "2014-11-19T14:24:11.316Z",
    "author": "Architect@example.com",
    "events": [
        {
            "type": "type_updated",
            "value": "Error"
        }
    ]
}, {
    "topic_guid": "A245F4F2-2C01-B43B-B612-5E456BEF8116",
    "date": "2013-10-21T17:34:22.409Z",
    "author": "Architect@example.com",
    "events": [
        {
            "type": "status_updated",
            "value": "Open"
        }
    ]
}]

3.10 Comments Events Services

The comment events service reflects the events for topic comments. Each creation or update of a comment generates new comment events.

Note: Whenever a comment has been created, the server also generates "update" events for all fields that are initially set. Example: If a comment contains a viewpoint, the viewpoint_updated event is generated. This is to ensure the full history.

3.10.1 GET Comments Events Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/comments/events

comment_event_GET.json

Retrieve a collection of comment events related to a project (default sort order is date).

Comment event types

type value
comment_created null
comment_text_updated The comment text(limit: 1024 characters)
viewpoint_updated The viewpoint guid
viewpoint_removed null

Odata filter parameters

parameter type description
comment_guid string guid of the comment
topic_guid string guid of the topic
author string userId of the author (value from extensions)
date datetime date of the event
type string type of the event (value from Comment event types, table above)

Odata sort parameters

parameter description
date date of the event

Example Request with odata

Get events of type 'comment_created' made by Architect@example.com and created after December 5th 2015. Sort the result on least recent

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/comments/events?$filter=author eq 'Architect@example.com' and date gt 2015-12-05T00:00:00+01:00 and type eq 'comment_created'&$orderby=date asc

Get latest events of given comment. Skip the 10 first, and get the 5 next

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/comments/events?$filter=comment_guid eq 'C4215F4D-AC45-A43A-D615-AA456BEF832B'&$top=5&$skip=10

Get events that are of type 'comment_created', or 'viewpoint_updated'

/bcf/1.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/events?$filter=type eq 'comment_created' or type eq 'viewpoint_updated'

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/comments/events

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
[{
    "comment_guid": "C4215F4D-AC45-A43A-D615-AA456BEF832B",
    "topic_guid": "A211FCC2-3A3B-EAA4-C321-DE22ABC8414",
    "date": "2014-11-19T14:24:11.316Z",
    "author": "Architect@example.com",
    "events": [
        {
            "type": "comment_created",
            "value": null
        }
    ]
}, {
    "comment_guid": "C4215F4D-AC45-A43A-D615-AA456BEF832B",
    "topic_guid": "A245F4F2-2C01-B43B-B612-5E456BEF8116",
    "date": "2013-10-21T17:34:22.409Z",
    "author": "Architect@example.com",
    "events": [
        {
            "type": "viewpoint_updated",
            "value": "b24a82e9-f67b-43b8-bda0-4946abf39624"
        }
    ]
}]

3.10.2 GET Comment Events Service

Resource URL

GET /bcf/{version}/projects/{project_id}/topics/{topic_guid}/comments/{comment_guid}/events

comment_event_GET.json

Retrieve a collection of comment events related to a single comment (default sort order is date).

Comment event types

type value
comment_created null
comment_text_updated The comment text(limit: 1024 characters)
viewpoint_updated The viewpoint guid
viewpoint_removed null

Odata filter parameters

parameter type description
author string userId of the author (value from extensions)
date datetime date of the event
type string type of the event (value from Comment event types, table above)

Odata sort parameters

parameter description
date date of the event

Example Request with odata

Get events of type 'comment_created' made by Architect@example.com and created after December 5th 2015. Sort the result on least recent

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/A211FCC2-3A3B-EAA4-C321-DE22ABC8414/comments/C4215F4D-AC45-A43A-D615-AA456BEF832B/events?$filter=author eq 'Architect@example.com' and date gt 2015-12-05T00:00:00+01:00 and type eq 'comment_created'&$orderby=date asc

Get latest events of given comment. Skip the 10 first, and get the 5 next

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/A211FCC2-3A3B-EAA4-C321-DE22ABC8414/comments/C4215F4D-AC45-A43A-D615-AA456BEF832B/events?$top=5&$skip=10

Get events that are of type 'comment_created', or 'comment_text_updated'

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/A211FCC2-3A3B-EAA4-C321-DE22ABC8414/comments/C4215F4D-AC45-A43A-D615-AA456BEF832B/events?$filter=type eq 'comment_created' or type eq 'viewpoint_updated'

Example Request

GET /bcf/3.0/projects/F445F4F2-4D02-4B2A-B612-5E456BEF9137/topics/A211FCC2-3A3B-EAA4-C321-DE22ABC8414/comments/C4215F4D-AC45-A43A-D615-AA456BEF832B/events

Example Response

Response Code: 200 - OK
Body:
[{
    "comment_guid": "C4215F4D-AC45-A43A-D615-AA456BEF832B",
    "topic_guid": "A211FCC2-3A3B-EAA4-C321-DE22ABC8414",
    "date": "2014-11-19T14:24:11.316Z",
    "author": "Architect@example.com",
    "events": [
        {
            "type": "comment_created",
            "value": null
        }
    ]
}, {
    "comment_guid": "C4215F4D-AC45-A43A-D615-AA456BEF832B",
    "topic_guid": "A245F4F2-2C01-B43B-B612-5E456BEF8116",
    "date": "2013-10-21T17:34:22.409Z",
    "author": "Architect@example.com",
    "events": [
        {
            "type": "comment_text_updated",
            "value": "This is the updated comment"
        }
    ]
}]