What are Object IDs?

When working in BriefBuilder, you may have noticed that all objects (spaces, connections, systems, users etc.) have an ID. These object IDs can be seen at the top of each detail view. See image below.

These IDs are automatically generated and they are unique.

They are also ‘fixed’ in the sense that they do not change when you change an object’s name or when you move an object to a different position within the tree.

This makes them very suitable to use when you want to integrate or exchange data with other applications.

You can also 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.

Each 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
LOCLocation
CN Connection
SGSegment
CSCivil structure
BUBuilding
GSGroup of spaces
SPSpaces
OSOutdoor space
SEFFolder in the Systems & elements tree
SYSSystem
SESpatial element
PAFFolder in the Processes & activities tree
PROProcess
PAProcess activity
DLFFolder in the Deliverables tree
DLDeliverable
BOFFolders in the Users tree
OROrganisation (part)
USUser
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
FSService
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 that these IDs are the same for all the different language versions of BriefBuilder. The ID for a space in a German model still starts with “SP” even though a space is called Raum in German.

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