Models are clearly here to stay, but that just means that we MUST have better models and better data. We must be able to measure the quality and verify compliance with established requirements and standards.
This issue has a mix of basic and more advanced content. We continue to focus on logic and behavior, but also the very real need for verification, both of geometry and data. Our most recent release (v9.7) includes some powerful capabilities to support these goals. Quality needs to be a measurable objective, not just a nice-to-have feature. We will address some checks you can run in SMC that will give you accurate results and will also build your confidence in the integrity of the entire model.
SMC and BIM Use Cases
What good is data if you don't know its accuracy, completeness, or compliance with an established requirement?
If you are modeling to support any of the requirements below, SMC should be part of your workflow.
- COBie/O&M/Facility Management
- Model QA/QC
- Code Compliance (AutoCodes)
- Construction Site Safety
- Owner Space Audits
- BIM Guidelines & Requirements
- As-built verification and validation
- Risk Mitigation
- BIM Validation and Verification
- Model Comparison
- GSA - Spatial Validation
- Information Takeoff - Estimating
COBIE/FM - SMC and Custom Relations Views - SMC v9.7 introduces the capability to establish relationships between model elements and locations. There are 2 specific scenarios described in the following article, which we hope you will find interesting, practical and beneficial.
Please follow this link to learn more about Custom Relations in SMC v9.7:
Model Comparison and Verification - Enhanced and Advanced Model Comparison, using the Checked Components View - Seeing what doors, walls or windows have been added, removed or modified is extremely important. Being able to confirm that all of these components have been checked builds strong confidence in the Quality of the model. Visualizing all of the unchanged objects verifies that nothing has been overlooked.
This article is focused specifically on verification and model integrity.
Please follow this link to read more about Verification in SMC v9.7:
Tips & Tricks - Optimizing SMC
TT-13- Resolving SMC Out of Memory Messages - When you are working with extremely large models, you may see a message that indicates you are having difficulty reading an IFC file or that you have a 'Java Heap Space' issue. Don't Panic! This is more of a machine setting issue and we can help.
Please follow the link below to learn how to deal with this message:
TT-14- Clearing previously run rulesets, so you can run new or modified checks - There are times when you will want to use the same model, but apply a modified check. We discuss several options for you to consider. Simple and easy, just the way you want to work today!
Please follow the link below to learn how to work with already run rulesets in SMC v9.7.
If you can model it, Solibri Model Checker can check it!