Classification management

The BIM Engineers
08 June 2023

Classification management is a strategy used to classify the built environment. It involves the use of classification systems to organize and structure the vast amount of data generated during the lifecycle of a facility. The purpose of classification management is to provide a standard method of organizing and communicating information, enabling easier access and reuse of data by all parties involved in a project.

This blog post is a part of a series focused on classification management in BIM. To gain a complete understanding of the subject, it is recommended to follow the reading order below:

  1. Classification management
  2. Classification Manager in Revit
  3. UniFormat classification system in BIM
  4. Uniclass 2015: A Comprehensive Classification System for the UK Construction Industry
  5. The Role of OmniClass in Building Information Modeling

Types of classification systems:

There are several classification systems commonly used in the construction industry, including MasterFormat, UniFormat, Uniclass, and OmniClass. These systems are used to organize and structure information related to construction work results, requirements, products, and activities.

One example of a classification management system is the Autodesk Classification Manager for Revit. This software supports the use of classification systems during the design, construction, and operations phases of a project. It allows users to organize and structure data using one of the four aforementioned classification systems, making it easier to access and use the information.

Why use classifications

The importance of classification management cannot be overstated. With the increasing reliance on "smart building technologies" and building information modeling (BIM) in the construction industry, there is a greater need for harmonization in the way that information is classified. This helps to ensure that data can be easily accessed and reused by all parties involved in a project, leading to cost savings and increased efficiency.

In addition, the increasing international trade in construction products and the diversification of consultant and contracting services make it necessary for there to be internationally accepted principles for information organization and communication. Classification management systems help to provide this standardization, enabling easier communication and collaboration between parties separated by distance or cultural differences.


In summary, classification management is a crucial strategy in the construction industry, providing a standard method for organizing and communicating information. The Autodesk Classification Manager for Revit is just one example of a tool that helps support the use of classification systems during the design, construction, and operations phases of a project.