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What are BriefBuilder IDs?

When working in BriefBuilder, you may have noticed that all objects have an ID. The same goes for all requirements.

Both kinds of IDs are automatically generated and they are unique. This makes them very suitable for the purpose of referencing and for the integration or exchange of data with other applications.

See below for more explanation.

TIP: You can use object IDs to search for specific objects in the search function or to refer to specific objects in comments or descriptions. See here for more info about referencing.

You can use the IDs in the search bar at the top of your BriefBuilder screen to search for specific objects and requirements.

TIP: You can easily copy IDs by clicking them. They will then be placed on your computer’s clipboard, after which you can paste them where you need them (e.g. in a comment).

Object IDs

Object IDs are assigned to all individual objects in BriefBuilder (spaces, systems, segments etc.). They can be seen at the top of each detail view. See image below.

As said, these IDs are automatically generated. They cannot be changed and remain the same even when you make an adjustment to the object’s name or when you move it to a different position within the tree.

Note: for each tree, you can easily download the used object IDs in an Excel format. Click here for more info.

Each object ID consists of 2 or 3 letters and then a number, e.g. SP-1 for a space or SYS-3004 for a system.

The letters indicate what kind of object it is (in this example: a space or a system). The numbers have no particular semantic meaning. They are generated ‘on the fly’ when creating objects.

The lettering system is as follows:

OPFFolder in the Objectives & principles tree
POProject objective
DPDesign principles
CN Connection
CSCivil structure
GSGroup of spaces
OSOutdoor space
SEFFolder in the Systems & elements tree
SESpatial element
PAFFolder in the Processes & activities tree
PAProcess activity
DLFFolder in the Deliverables tree
BOFFolders in the Users tree
OROrganisation (part)
UAFFolder in the User activities tree
UPUser process
UAUser activity
UEFFolder in the User equipment tree
UQUser equipment
SVFFolders in the Services tree
FSGService group
PFFFolder in Performance failures tree
PFPerformance failure
QMFFolder in the Quality measurements tree
QMQuality measurement
STFFolder in the Standards tree
ST Standard
RTFFolder in the Requirement texts tree
RTRequirement text

Please note: object IDs are the same for all the language versions of BriefBuilder. So, the ID for a space in a German model still starts with “SP” even though a space is called Raum in German.

TIP: You can create your own (additional) object IDs by means of classifications / numberings.

Requirement IDs

Just like the objects, all requirements in BriefBuilder automatically get an (unchangeable) ID. These IDs can be found in the last column of any requirement table.

Good to know: you choose to hide the requirement IDs if you are not interested in them by clicking on the icon in the upper-right corner of your screen.

You can hide/show the requirement IDs by clicking on the hashtag icon in the upper-right corner of your screen.

The requirement ID consists of three letters (‘REQ’, for all languages) and a number. The numbers are created chronologically. So, your first ID will be REQ-1, your second REQ-2, and so on.

Please note that also these IDs cannot be changed because they can be used for referencing and the exchange of data with other systems.

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