With one press of a button, a complete materials passport for every building.  


Storyboard, architectural overview, UI/UX design, web app, administration environment including dashboard, export functionality



DigiBase, the digital builder of VolkerWessels, wants the data on material usage to be complete and organized. Through multiple sprints, a platform has been developed that ensures a fully comprehensive materials passport can be generated with just one click of a button. A materials passport is a tool that provides a clear overview of the materials used in an object. Additionally, users can assign different materials to components of the BIM model. This enables the materials passport to be fully completed. As a result, DigiBase is now even better equipped to facilitate circular development and construction.


How can we ensure that the material usage dataset is complete? This question became the starting point of the design phase. Within Digibase, there were ideas to filter material data from IFC files in a simple way, so that only essential information is transferred to an external party.

Many construction companies use BIM. The BIM model contains fields in which materials are specified. This is filled in during the design phase, but in many cases, it is not completed after completion. The project’s data is therefore not complete.

The above findings serve as input for sprint 0. Several whiteboard sessions were held to develop ideas, which were used as a source to create the storyboard. Recognize and coordinated this with DigiBase to ensure that no functionality was overlooked and that the scope was clear to everyone.

Recognize gradually noticed that DigiBase was not searching for a piece of “middleware” but for a complete platform that aligns much better with the requirements. This platform enables user management and authentication once again.

The design phase is concluded with the initial development of the digital solution in collaboration with Recognize’s UI/UX specialists. During the presentation at DigiBase, the key elements of the platform were presented.

Photo: Digibase


For the development of the digital platform, Recognize assembled a scrum team. The bi-weekly development sprints were scheduled and the gathered requirements were translated into user stories. During the sprint demo, the development team presented the user stories, and separate sessions were held with DigiBase and the product owner. During these sessions, the user stories were refined in detail to ensure that everything is progressing smoothly.

During the development phase, a solution was created that integrates Trimble (BIM Tool) with Madaster. The Trimble tooling is used to retrieve the BIM models per project, which are then loaded into the material passport. This allows for easy identification of missing materials and the ability to supplement the data.

Through control elements, it is possible to see how much percentage of the data is filled. Once the data is complete, the material passport can be requested. It is then converted into a PDF file and the data is transferred to Madaster.

With the developed platform, it is possible to generate a complete material passport for any building with just one click. This offers numerous opportunities and advantages in terms of cost savings, environment, laws and regulations, health, and, of course, circularity.


The has been experienced as efficient and enjoyable. DigiBase has a lot of expertise and was able to convey complex matters clearly to the development team of Recognize.

Currently, we are in the process of further integrating the materials passport by means of a Trimble Connect Extension within the VolkerWessels toolset. This will make it even easier for end users of the materials passport to access it, and the number of users can grow more rapidly.


Photo: Digibase


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