Creating a Responsibility Matrix for Effective BIM Project Management Intro to BIM Responsibility Matrix IDS
Defining BIM Responsibilities

BIM project management requires careful planning, organization, and allocation of responsibilities across teams. A responsibility matrix, also known as a RACI matrix, is a powerful tool that helps define and communicate roles and responsibilities within a project.

In this article, we share the most simple approach to creating a responsibility matrix using a collaborative construction planning tool. As a bonus, we also show you how to export filtered views from this matrix as IDS (Information Delivery Specification) files!

The Purpose of a Responsibility Matrix

When creating a responsibility matrix, the end goal is to have a clear visual representation of roles and responsibilities within a project. A responsibility matrix helps align team members by assigning specific tasks, milestones, and deliverables to individuals or groups. It ensures that everyone understands their responsibilities and contributes to the project’s success.

Understanding the Structure of a Responsibility Matrix

A responsibility matrix consists of two axes: the horizontal axis and the vertical axis. On the horizontal axis, we list the project’s purposes, milestones, and BIM (Building Information Modeling) use cases. These represent the reasons for creating models in the first place. On the vertical axis, we list all the requirements, such as elements, groups of elements, deliverables, or classification structures.

As a result, the matrix becomes a collection of cells, each containing information and requirements related to a specific task or responsibility. These cells can include geometrical requirements, information requirements, responsibilities, shifts of responsibilities, and statuses. Understanding how to read the matrix is crucial for effective project management.

Leveraging Plannerly for Creating a Responsibility Matrix

Plannerly is a comprehensive collaborative construction planning platform that simplifies the process of creating a responsibility matrix. Let’s explore how Plannerly can be used to build a responsibility matrix using existing data or starting from scratch.

How to create an IDS (buildingSMART Information Delivery Specification)

Creating a Scope from Scratch

To demonstrate the process, we’ll start by creating a project scope from scratch within Plannerly. By creating a hierarchy of folders and elements, we can structure our project. For example, we can create a substructure as our top-level folder and add foundations as subfolders. Within the foundations folder, we can include specific elements such as slabs on grade.

While creating the scope manually on the screen is one option, Plannerly also allows for importing data from a CSV file. This feature is beneficial when dealing with extensive or pre-existing datasets.

Importing Data from a CSV File

Plannerly enables importing classification structures as well as the vertical axis and the list of requirements from a CSV file. By using the provided CSV template and formatting the data accordingly, it becomes straightforward to import existing data into Plannerly. The imported data can include elements, their properties, and you can then add predefined types with visually appealing graphics.

When importing information requirements, Plannerly allows you to populate a CSV sheet with the required data. This CSV file can then be imported into the application, generating the information requirements on the user interface. By assigning these information requirements to elements, you can effectively define and track the necessary data for each task or responsibility.

Assigning Information Requirements and Responsibilities

Using Plannerly’s grid you can assign information requirements to specific elements within different milestones or use cases. You can manually assign information requirements to elements or make use of filters, tags, and predefined groups to speed up the process.

In the grid, information requirements can be defined, including their names, descriptions, tags, and expected values. Plannerly provides a variety of options for specifying information requirements, including text, numeric entries, Boolean values, and measurement units. By double-clicking on an information requirement, you can easily set up rules and guidelines for each requirement.

The assigned information requirements, along with the responsible teams, create an Information Delivery Specification (IDS). This specification defines what needs to be delivered and who is responsible for delivering the data. Plannerly simplifies the process of creating human-readable and machine-readable versions of the IDS, making it easy to communicate responsibilities and track progress.


A responsibility matrix is an essential tool for effective project management, ensuring that every team member understands their roles and responsibilities. Plannerly provides a user-friendly platform for creating and managing responsibility matrices, allowing you to import existing data or start from scratch. By leveraging Plannerly you can streamline the process of defining and assigning information requirements, tracking progress, and communicating responsibilities.

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What is a Responsibility Matrix in BIM project management?

A Responsibility Matrix in BIM project management is a tool used to define and allocate project tasks and responsibilities among team members. It is an essential component of the BIM execution plan, which outlines how a project will be executed and managed. It is also known as a RACI matrix, which categorizes tasks into four different categories: Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, and Informed.

How can Plannerly assist in creating a Responsibility Matrix?

Plannerly simplifies the process by allowing users to build matrices from scratch or import data, assign information requirements, and track progress efficiently.

How does Plannerly help in assigning information requirements?

Using Plannerly’s grid, users can assign information requirements to specific elements, milestones, or use cases, facilitating effective task definition and tracking.

What is the role of information requirements in creating an IDS?

Information requirements, when assigned to elements, help define what data needs to be delivered and by whom, forming the basis of the Information Delivery Specification (IDS).

How can Plannerly assist in defining information requirements?

By providing a collaborative platform for teams to plan and manage projects. Plannerly makes it simple for teams to identify the necessary information needed to complete BIM tasks and achieve project goals. Plannerly offers various options for specifying information requirements, including text, numeric entries, Boolean values, and specific measurement units, ensuring clarity and specificity in task definitions.

How does Plannerly simplify the creation of human-readable and machine-readable IDS versions?

Plannerly provides the friendliest interface for creating and managing IDS files. With Plannerly’s easy-to-use tools, you can quickly input all project requirements in a way that both people and machines can grasp! Plannerly makes things simpler, so you can just focus on getting things done smoothly!

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