The latest version of BRED Application (3.5.3) from CERL

FILE CONTENT:  BRED Application Version 3.5.3 (89.2 MB)

Download Instructions:

  1. Uninstall any previously installed BRED Application versions.
  2. Click the ‘Download Now’ button.
  3. A zipped (.zip) version of the BRED .exe file will begin to download.
  4. Once the download is complete, then it must be extracted from the .zip file into the desired folder prior to installation. Right-click on the file and select ‘Extract All.’
  5. Then choose the location where the .exe file will be extracted to and click ‘Extract’ (**Note: by default the file will be extracted into a new folder within the current folder where the .zip file resides).Bred3.png
  6. Double-click on the new folder to access the BRED .exe file for installation (in this case, the folder is named ‘sustainment-management-system-bred-3.5.3-x86_64-CERL.exe’).


  7. To begin the installation, right-click on the .exe file and select ‘Run as Administrator‘. You can also pin this application to your taskbar for quick access. 

    BRED System Requirements:

    This information is based upon the information submitted for BRED’s Certification of Networthiness.

    Hardware Requirements

    • RAM
      – These memory requirements are taken from NET3.5 requirements, the programming platform used to develop the BRED software.

      – Minimum – 96MB RAM

      – Recommended – 256MB RAM

    • Storage– 200MB hard drive; not including data file(s).
    • Display– Minimum resolution of 1024×768.

    Software Requirements

    • The installer will not check but .NET 3.5 is required.

      – Admin Privileges are required to install into either the program folder or the common data folder.

      – Write permission to the respective folder within the \ProgramData folder (configured by the installer).


    • Where are the program’s built-in database (.mdb) files installed, and what permission settings are placed on them/parent folder in order to allow them to be used?

    – They are located in ProgramData/ERDC-CERL/BUILDER

    – Comparing the ProgramData folder created from the installer and a copy of that folder which I created doing a copy and paste, I get the following differences in permission for the Users group:

    – The ‘ERDC-CERL’ folder permissions are the same.

    – ‘Builder RED’ folder and the files within have ‘modify’ and ‘write’ permissions added.

    • Will BRED work with Window 8?

      – Currently, BRED works well with Windows 8.

    • What tablets work with BRED?
      – We cannot endorse or recommend any specific brands. Any PC-based tablet running Windows® 7 or 8 will work, provided that it meets the minimum hardware requirements. There are not any hardware dependencies on specific brands or models.

      – Windows 8 introduced support for additional hardware based on a different microprocessor (ARM). The Windows RT version and related hardware (including but not limited to Surface RT, Surface 2 [NOT PRO], and Nokia 2520) are NOT compatible. Models that use x86 architecture (Intel ATOM, Core iX, or AMD processors) must be used.

    For additional information or to get your specific BUILDER questions answered, contact the DIGON team.