Solibri Spotlight - Issue 3

The Power of Visual Communications

  One of the earliest use cases for BIM was visualization. If that meant just walking through the model, it was a tremendous leap from the 2D status quo. While reading plans required training and skill, viewing a model was reinforcing the saying 'a picture is worth a thousand words'. Having the model to focus on changed the entire dynamic of the design or coordination meeting. The model really became the medium for COMMUNICATING the progress of the project. Initially, the focus was on the geometry that we could view and how that met our design goals. Over the past ten years, there has been a shift toward the real value of the a carrier of incredible amounts of data. The more information of good quality and consistency, the more we can use the model. This is helping all of us to fulfill the promise of reuse, rather than re-creation. When you use the Solibri Model Checker you are working with a solution that has COMMUNICATION as a core capability. It is not enough just to find that an object fails a check. If that object is a door, and if the door clear width is required to be 42 inches, but the door fails, it is extremely valuable to also know WHY it failed. SMC articulates the issue (i.e. the clear width was only 36.5") so you don't have to GUESS how far off you are. This is just a small sample of what is possible. The key is that COMMUNICATING the actual results is possible and should become the norm in your workflow. Think of the hours saved, the consistency achieved and how this will help streamline your projects. These checks can also be automated so you can ensure that they are applied consistently, at all times. This is powerful stuff. In this issue we are going to again look at different Use Cases and provide some excellent resource links. Enjoy this information, it is intended to help you increase your product knowledge and streamline your processes.

SMC and BIM Use Cases

As we continue our focus on macro level Use Cases, just remember there's no need to buy a different technology each time a new requirement is identified. Just check the Solibri Solution Center (SSC) or use the ruleset templates included in SMC. We are here If you need any help. We know the information in the models is 'consistently inconsistent'. This means verifying and validating the data is critical. 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 • LOD • Model QA/QC • Code Compliance (AutoCodes) • Construction Site Safety • Owner Space Audits • Coordination • BIM Guidelines & Requirements • Risk Mitigation • BIM Validation • GSA - Spatial Validation • Information Takeoff - Estimating Construction Site Safety- Fire Protection & Site Logistics - Site Safety is the most significant concern during the construction phase of a project, and can be measured in both cost savings and the number of injury-free days. SMC can reduce the risk of injury by verifying specific safety conditions are met, before exposing workers to the jobsite (IAW OSHA Parts 1910 & 1926). In addition to safety, SMC also has rules that range from verifying fire equipment is located as required, to confirming that the required number of toilets are on the jobsite. Please follow this link for a more detailed explanation: (

Owner Space Audits - The Ohio State University

University Planners need the ability to audit the spaces in their buildings to determine current occupancy, availability and accuracy. They need to keep pace with student enrollment and allow for planned expansion and capital projects. In many cases the buildings have not yet been modeled in 3D. This particular owner used SMC to establish a workflow to measure more than 35 million square feet of space. SMC rules were created that could be applied to meet the project needs. Please follow this link for a more detailed explanation about conducting space audits: (  

Tips & Tricks - How to Optimize SMC

This section is where we are sharing some quick and easy features that can save you some time and deliver tangible benefits. We have numbered them so you can save them for future reference. Quick Tip #5: (COORDINATION): Gridlines in SMC and SMV Though grids are only annotation elements rather than actual model components, they can be very useful. Grids are often first created in a floorplan in order to layout structural elements; thereby allowing the actual structural components such as columns to easily snap to the grid intersections when placed in the model. Both SMC and Solibri Model Viewer (SMV) support grids in IFC files, which can be toggled on or off in the 3D view by clicking the Show/Hide Grids button in the Footprint Controls. Please follow this link for a more detailed explanation: ( Quick Tip #6: (COORDINATION): Issue Management Workflow While reviewing issues in SMC, you can easily assign a status and responsible parties and view all components related to the issue. This can be done in the Checking Layout or in the Communication Layout. Please follow this link for a more detailed explanation. (