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What’s new in Solibri Office – May 2024

The latest version of Solibri Office is one of the biggest releases this year and includes our latest development in clash checking — the Clash Detection Matrix

Product release May

In this release (v24.5.0), you will find our new Clash Detection Matrix, greater data extraction possibilities, a revamped UI, significant improvements to ITO, and IFC 4.3 support to ensure the latest advancements in BIM. Update now to reap the latest advancements in Solibri Office.

#1. Your check mate – The Clash Detection Matrix 

Clash detection is a vital part of your workflow but also timely task. But now you will clash no more. With the new Clash Detection Matrix, carrying out geometric and clash checking is simpler, more efficient, and most importantly, saves you time in the process.

Clash Detection Matrix

Using a matrix format makes it easier to ensure that all relevant items are included in the checking process by easily viewing and verifying the information. Results are also easier to visualize, including a heat map of colors showing results based on their level of criticality. This gives you a quick overview of the model areas that produce the most issues. 

There are three different ways to generate a Clash Detection Matrix: 

  • Automated — the standard stock matrix created through an imported model. Choose this option to immediately proceed to checking to get a quick and effortless overview of your model's quality. 
  • Manually — If you want full control over the data and tolerances or would like to hand-pick items to be checked in your desired way, choose manual generation to check what you need and when. 
  • Excel — Enter your data into your Excel file and then import it into current and other projects to ensure that certain checking standards are followed throughout the organization or within different projects. 

Not only can you tailor the Clash Detection Matrix to your needs, but checking results is now much easier through the centrally displayed results, which can be managed and exported. 

Clash Detection Matrix Focus

Choose the matrix that fits your workflow, seamlessly check results and efficiently share and transmit data across stakeholders and projects. 

If you would like to find out how you can utilize the Clash Detection Matrix for your workflow, join our webinar showcase how you can make the most out of this new solution.

Find out more information on the Clash Detection Matrix here.

#2. Extract more data 

We have made significant improvements in model-checking data extraction. This iteration has come from the wants and needs expressed by our committed user base. At Solibri, we keep our ear to the ground and make sure our users' voices are heard so we can improve our solution to match your needs. 

Now, you can access and export more raw data and select from over 600 data points (previously 23 points) that are relevant to you. You can use this data for your own purposes and even in other tools that you frequently use. In this release, we have focused on giving you more granular data in the model-checking area. 

You can now export raw data from: 

  • Irrelevant message and rule decisions for rule sets 
  • Parameters used in each rule 
  • Issues that each rule has produced/related issue data fields 
  • Components that had some issues in the checking, along with component data fields 

Read more about the data extraction possibilities here.

#3. How we look and feel – Modernizing your interface 

We have been closely tuned into what our users are saying, and we are proud to announce the long overdue improvement of the UI (User Interface). This refreshed look and feel is our first important step towards modernization, opening future possibilities to improve the Solibri experience. 

UI revamp model checking

“The improvements mean the ‘Solibri’ brand can shine through. We can think of the new Solibri Desktop as a trusted colleague who’s open, smart, sharp and an absolute expert” expressed Cecilia Wang, one of the key UX Designers on the revamp. 

In this iteration, we have modernized Solibri by enhancing the well-thought-out Solibri colors, which meet WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) standards. Not only this, but almost every single component you can now see within Solibri Desktop is new or has been refined to deliver the first step in our modernization mission. 

Furthermore, apart from these improved design changes, the layout of Solibri desktop has remained the same, making it still familiar for our users to easily navigate Solibri Desktop as they have done previously. 

Implementing a dark mode option, which will add to the increased drive to modernization, is already being planned for future improvements to the UI design. 

#4. Preparing for IFC 4.3 release 

The implementation and management of infrastructure projects in construction create challenges in the standardization and interoperability of data, leading to inefficiencies such as delayed projects, cost, misunderstanding among stakeholders, etc. 

IFC provides a robust framework to ensure all software systems used in construction can communicate seamlessly with each other, making project management more efficient and less error-prone. 

Bridge UI Revamp 24.5.0

Not only this, but Solibri users are expectant of Solibri to be compatible with IFC 4.3, as this is the predominant file format that can be imported. However, users have encountered problems during the information import, with models possibly displayed incorrectly or incompletely. 

We have worked on a solution for the import capability of IFC 4.3 by supporting a recognized ISO standard that facilitates interoperability and structured data management in infrastructure projects. With official recognition as an international standard by ISO and acceptance by CEN, Solibri ensures that our users have a stable, unchanging basis for implementation and can structure, review, and analyze the IFC4.3 model as usual. 

#5. Further ITO Improvements 

Previously, in Solibri, when the ITO view expanded to contain a lot of data, there was an urgent need to scroll through the presented information while working on it, making it easy for a user to get lost or lose track of which row they were working on.  

Furthermore, data that needs to be frequently changed and exported into Excel files creates inconsistencies and time-consuming workflows for exporting and processing. 

To make it easier for the user to understand which row in the ITO view they’re currently working on, the selected ITO cell with have a highlighted color, within a lighter highlighted row.  

As well as making it easier to navigate the ITO view, we have also added an additional row called “Total Row”, which shows the sum of each column. This means users can rely less on using Excel to acquire this aggregate information. Another addition to this iteration is the option to select a group of cells the user wishes to select to see the aggregated value of your selection. 

For further information on the new ITO updates, visit our help article.

ITO Sum Total Row

Check out the full list of improvements and bug fixes in the Release Notes. Take advantage of the new features and update to the latest version.

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