The aim of BIM&CO is that a user of the platform be able to find a object in only a few clicks.
In addition to the text search to find an object from its description and the various classification possibilities, BIM&CO offers a tag system to precise the nature, application, or any other characteristic to help find the object easily among all the objects on the platform.
For example: Tags are created by administrators of the platform, and also by users.
If your tag does not exist, you can create it, and it will be moderated by the platform. The role of moderation is to optimise the use of tags, for example by avoiding multiple entries due to various spellings of a same tag.
Bear in mind these tags can depend on the language, each country has its own practices. Tags are much more powerful than a classification as they indicate the intention of the creator, the various applications or uses of the object
If a Table is classed under Fittings, it won't say if it is a dining table, an operating table, or a picnic table... Therefore it will be necessary to multiply the classification to class this object. There isn't one or a good way to classify an object.
The platform offers several classifications meeting the different uses of BIM in different countries (OmniClass, MasterFormat, Uniclass).
The classification BIM&CO helps with the selection of properties that can be associated to an object and manages the setting of IFC exports.
For each node in the BIM&CO classification, expected properties are organised per field (thermal, size, etc.) and proposed by the platform. The community has the possibility to propose new properties for a given node (see chapter on Properties).
Inheritance of properties
When a property is allocated or proposed for a node in the classification, any object classed in this node or in lower nodes in the classification shall be proposed / allocated this property at the time of creation of the object.
Some software, projects or organisations need to know the class of the object depending on various bodies such as: