How to Build Information Requirements for Your BIM Project BIM Information Management
The “I” in BIM

It’s critical to define, agree and meet specific information requirements for elements in a BIM (Building Information Model).

Getting all teams to agree on information needs will make planning and organizing your project much more effective!

In this article, we explore different ways to add information requirements to your project and streamline the process using tools like the Building Smart Data Dictionary (bSDD).

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Connecting to the Building Smart Data Dictionary (bSDD)

One way to enhance your project with more information is by linking to the Building Smart Data Dictionary (bSDD). The bSDD provides various custom classifications and property domains to choose from. When you’re connected to the bSDD, creating a new property becomes simpler. Just type the name, and the dictionary will show details of any matching items. For instance, if you’re looking for details on cover material, typing “mat” will display the relevant property and details.

Importing from Property Libraries

Another effective way to add information to your project is by importing from property libraries. In recent updates, property sets are now grouped under the “property” category instead of just being tags. This means that when you import from a library, such as searching for wall-based properties, you will find property sets like “Pset_WallCommon.” These property sets contain valuable information like fire ratings, load-bearing capacity, and status. Importing these sets into your project ensures that you have all the necessary information related to your walls.

Organizing Requirements

Once you have imported or connected to the necessary information sources, it’s time to organize your requirements. You can specify which properties are required for each stage of the project. For example, you may require certain properties like fire ratings to be included in the estimation stage for precast walls. By adding these requirements, you ensure that the necessary information is included in your project.

Additionally, you can customize requirements for other stages or elements of your project. Suppose you need the same set of properties for asset handover of external walls. You can add these requirements as well. Furthermore, you have the flexibility to modify and rearrange these requirements based on your specific needs. This enables you to create a set of requirements that accurately reflects the scope and purpose of your project.

Streamlining the Process

By utilizing the various options for adding information to your project, you can streamline the process of building your information requirements. The combination of the Building Smart Data Dictionary and property libraries allows you to access a vast range of properties, custom classifications, and domains tailored to your location and language requirements. This ensures that you have access to the most relevant and standardized information available.

Streamlining the information requirements process is beneficial across various aspects of your project. Whether it’s for 3D coordination, estimating costs, or asset handover, having accurate and complete information is crucial. By leveraging the tools mentioned above, you can define and meet information requirements that are defined at the correct stage by the appropriate team, ultimately leading to a more efficient and successful project.


Building information requirements is a critical step in any construction project. To simplify this process, you can connect to the BuildingSMART Data Dictionary (bSDD) and import from property libraries. These tools offer a plethora of standardized and relevant properties and classifications to choose from. By organizing these requirements according to project stages and elements, you ensure that you have all the necessary information to complete your project successfully. Streamlining the information requirements process contributes to overall project efficiency and enables smooth collaboration between different teams and stakeholders.

Incorporating these techniques into your project workflow will not only save time and effort but also contribute to accurate decision-making and improved project outcomes. So, next time you are building your information requirements, consider leveraging the Building Smart Data Dictionary within Plannerly to enhance your project’s success.

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How can linking to the bSDD benefit my project?

Linking to the bSDD can benefit your project by providing access to a comprehensive database of standardized product information, which can enhance the accuracy and consistency of your product data. Plannerly simplifies this connection to bSDD classifications and property domains. By typing keywords, you can instantly find the relevant details for any classifications and properties in the perfectly standardized format needed for your project.

How does using Plannerly streamline the process?

Plannerly streamlines the process by providing a centralized platform for project planning and collaboration. It allows teams to manage tasks, timelines, and resources all in one place, improving efficiency and communication. Utilizing the bSDD and property libraries inside Plannerly streamlines the process by providing access to standardized, location-specific information. This will help you in defining your BIM requirements for use cases like 3D coordination, cost estimation, and asset handover.

Why are information requirements crucial for construction projects?

Because they make sure all the needed info gets gathered and shared effectively throughout the project’s life cycle. Tools like the bSDD and property libraries make this process easier. When requirements are defined accurately, projects run smoother and teamwork is more likely to happen.

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