• Request for change (RFC)

    Ideally, requirements do not change during a project, but every project manager knows that change cannot be avoided entirely. Changes may come from new insights, budget changes, feedback from contractors, regulatory changes and more. This does not have to be a problem, as long as change happens in a controlled…

  • BIMlink: integrating BriefBuilder data into online building models

    The Dutch company BIMlink has developed a connection between BriefBuilder and BIMlink’s platform for the management of building information. By means of this connection, information from the construction client’s brief/program of requirements (as captured in BriefBuilder) can easily be integrated in the building’s central, online data file and the 3D-model….

  • BIM-Bridge: checking IFC models

    The Dutch company BIM-Connected has developed a platform called BIM-Bridge that can be used to exchange and compare building data between different software applications, on the basis of IFC models. The platform has a dedicated module for BriefBuilder data. This module can be used to compare and verify data concerning…

  • Video 8: Requirement Analysis (7.20 min)

    Requirements analysis is the process of reviewing and assessing the stated requirements. This video shows you where you can save analysis data in BriefBuilder and how you can customize your analysis set-up.

  • Excel User Import

    If you want to add a lot of user accounts and do not want to add them manually one-by one, we’ve created an Excel import function to expedite this process. To do so, you can use the import button at the top of the user list. You cannot, however, just…

  • Video 7: Using modules (3.30 min)

    Different types of projects require different types of set-ups within BriefBuilder. This video shows you how to customize the decompositions — or trees — to suit the specific needs of your project.

  • Cross tables

    In the main menu, under overviews, you can find what we call cross tables. Cross tables are tabular (‘Excel-like’) overviews of the requirements in BriefBuilder. You can use these overviews to get an overall understanding of the data and to edit these in a more Excel-like way (using e.g.  ‘cell…

  • Excel import

    It can happen that you have lots of ‘legacy’ data in Excel from before you started to work in BriefBuilder. It can be useful to import these data into BriefBuilder. We’ve created an Excel import function for this purpose. You cannot, however, just import any Excel sheet. The data must…

  • Restoring backups

    In BriefBuilder, model data is automatically backed up twice a day and stored for seven days. A backup contains all the model versions that were available at the time the backup was made (i.e. a working version and static/published versions if available). This mechanism helps to ensure the safety of…

  • How to calculate the gross floor area of a building?

    As you will have noticed, it is possible to define a minimum floor area for each individual space in BriefBuilder. This is usually done in terms of usable floor area (UFA): the amount of space that should be directly available for user activities, excluding ‘non-usable’ areas such as the space…