• 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, project data is automatically backed up twice a day and stored for seven days. A backup contains all the project 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…

  • I get a “temporarily unavailable” message. What now?

    It can happen that you get a temporarily unavailable message on your screen when trying to log in. You get this message when your computer has lost connection to the internet or when we are updating our software. In the latter case, it is best to wait a few minutes…

  • Adjacency diagram

    In BriefBuilder’s navigation menu, under the header overviews, you can find something that is called an adjacency diagram, which is of particular relevance for when developing a design brief or architectural program for building projects. An adjacency diagram (aka bubble diagram) is a visual overview of the adjacency relations between…

  • Revit add-in (BIM Optimaal)

    Linking requirements in BriefBuilder to BIM models is a logical part of the requirements management process. It allows you to automatically exchange data between models and enables you to test BIM models against the client’s requirements (as captured in BriefBuilder). This can save design and engineering teams lots of time…