Information Delivery Specification IDS XML - buildingSMART
Information Delivery Specification IDS XML from buildingSMART

The buildingSMART Information Delivery Specification (IDS) XML is a powerful format for sharing information requirements between different BIM software.

I will show you the easiest step-by-step process to create your own IDS XML. Read on! 😃

1) buildingSMART IDS (Information Delivery Specification) IDS XML

Implementing the IDS XML format into your BIM workflow can help you streamline data exchange and communication processes.

The IDS XML standard, from buildingSMART improves the BIM management workflow by allowing the transfer of BIM specifications in a machine-readable format from one BIM application to another.

Plannerly is the first commercial BIM scoping software to implement a simple export for the new Information Delivery Specification (IDS) XML standard.

The Plannerly software helps you to create a BIM specification for your project and then export this BIM scope in an IDS XML file so that you can check it in other software (if you are not already using Plannerly’s Verify module).

2) How To Create an IDS XML Spec

Let’s take a look at how to get started with the IDS XML export in Plannerly!

It’s pretty simple, first you create a BIM specification from Plannerly templates, from scratch, or from a previous project – like this:

Information Delivery Specification (IDS)
Creating the BIM Specification for Information Delivery Specification (IDS)

Then go to the Exports and export an IDS XML BIM specification. With the IDS export, you can choose from filters such as Types of Information Requirements, Tags, Teams, Project Milestones, and Team Member Responsibilities. Additionally, you can filter by folders in the hierarchical structure or WBS within your project.

You can also choose the IFC standard that works best for you. You can select IFC2X3, IFC4, IFC4.3, or IFC4.4. Ensure you provide an IDS Specification Name with a Description to ensure teams know of your data. Finally, hit Create and you’re all set!

Exporting the ISD XML BIM Specification

It’s that simple 🙂

Here is a video of Clive Jordan showing the workflow:

IDS XML Export Workflow

3) How IDS xml enhances data exchange within BIM projects

The Information Delivery Specification (IDS) XML helps to enhance data exchange between different modeling tools quickly and accurately. IDS is a machine-readable XML format that allows users to check the accuracy of their BIM models and ensure compliance with owner, architect, engineering, or construction information requirements with ease.

The IDS xml Export from Plannerly makes it simple to implement the IDS standard into your BIM workflow. It allows you to quickly and easily create a BIM specification that complies with the IDS XML standard for any project that requires data exchange between different tools.

This ensures greater accuracy and reduces potential errors, allowing teams to collaborate more effectively across all stages of the project lifecycle, from design through construction and into operations.

4) Benefits for users of Plannerly’s support for IDS XML

Plannerly’s adoption of IDS XML is a significant move in the BIM industry, allowing for efficient and reliable data exchange between different modeling tools. Adopting this buildingSMART industry standard ensures consistency and accuracy in BIM project management, making it an invaluable tool for data quality throughout the project lifecycle.

Plannerly’s simple approach to this buildingSMART IDS format allows users to adopt an industry standard with little to no training. The simple and visual workflow makes it easy for users to review the data in their BIM models and ensure that it is up-to-date and accurate.

Users can confidently ensure accurate data, work more efficiently, and reduce project errors.


Plannerly is the first commercial software to adopt and implement the new Information Delivery Specification (IDS) XML export standard for BIM specifications. The IDS XML improves BIM management by allowing the transfer of BIM specifications in a machine-readable format from one BIM application to another.

Plannerly is an essential tool in any organization’s arsenal for ensuring data quality across the entire project lifecycle – from design to construction and into operations.

With this standard, BIM teams can now collaborate more effectively and reach higher levels of quality assurance.

If you would like to learn more about how Plannerly and the IDS XML Export can help you optimize your BIM project management workflow, book a demo today:

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What is the Information Delivery Specification (IDS) XML?

The Information Delivery Specification (IDS) XML is a machine-readable format that defines the Exchange Requirements of model-based exchange. It is developed by buildingSMART and originates from the IFC schema. Plannerly is a tool that makes it easy to create an IDS XML for BIM checking.

How do I implement IDS XML in my BIM workflow?

To implement IDS in your BIM workflow, you need to create an IDS XML file using an IDS editor or using a simple tool like Plannerly. Plannerly quickly creates IDS XML files that clearly define Exchange Information Requirements for model-based exchange for use with IFC files following the buildingSMART schema.

What are the benefits of implementing IDS XML in my BIM workflow?

Implementing IDS XML in your BIM workflow helps teams validate IFC files for the client, the modeler, and other customers of Building Information Models. This workflow can be simplified using Plannerly, either using the built-in Verify module and/or exporting an IDS XML file for importing into other BIM checking tools.

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