The 2nd Key to SMC - Rules and Rulesets
In the previous newsletter (Issue 4) we focused on the Roles or Functions of the Solibri Model Checker (SMC) user. We mentioned that when roles are identified, it is also possible to associate specific rulesets with those roles. These rulesets are normally aligned with the specific types of checks that the user wants to apply on a frequent basis, and once established they are at your fingertips, no need to search for them.
Rulesets and the templates that allow you to modify the actually checking variables are at the core of SMC. The range of checks that you can choose from is extensive and really allows you to look at your BIM from multiple perspectives. The way to best understand the hierarchy of checking is as follows: Think of Rules as Topical Areas (i.e. QA/QC, Energy, Safety, Code Compliance, BIM Validation, Coordination, etc.). Then there are templates within those topics that allow you to set the parameters for your specific 'check' (i.e. allowable distances between objects, paths of travel, occupancy, turning radius, etc.). Then the templates essentially 'roll-up' into what we call 'rulesets'. These rulesets can be project specific, team specific or saved for any type of usage you desire. Once created, they can be saved and/or shared with others within your project team or organization, saving them tremendous amounts of time and ensuring that all of your checks will be applied with an unprecedented level of consistency.
SMC is truly a different analytical application. By applying these rules-based checks, you are able to verify, validate and analyze the way the model has been authored, as well as the data that is being carried within the BIM. You are actually measuring the quality of the model, against a set of specifications, requirements or design criteria. And, if your requirements change, it is as simple as changing a variable in a template, and you are applying an updated check within minutes.
We will discuss the application of rulesets in this issue and some steps you can follow to tailor SMC for your specific needs. Enjoy this issue and please follow the links to access supporting information that is provided.
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.
• Model QA/QC
• Code Compliance (AutoCodes)
• Construction Site Safety
• Owner Space Audits
• BIM Guidelines & Requirements
• Risk Mitigation
• BIM Validation
• GSA - Spatial Validation
• Information Takeoff - Estimating
Coordination - Spatial Coordination
The term 'clash detection' has been widely used in the context of discussing a coordination session, and there are many tools that do an excellent job of identifying clashes. SMC sees interference, or clash, detection as a sub-set of the broader topic of Spatial Coordination. The difference is that in addition to finding geometric objects that are hitting other geometric objects at the same X/Y/Z location, real spatial coordination operates from the premise that different spaces have different requirements, and not all objects in a model are the same. For example, clear space in front of a window may not have the same requirement as the clear space in front of an electrical cabinet. Beyond that, it may be that one object is permitted to intrude into space above the ceiling, while other objects may not be allowed. The real difference is that design requirements are verified and validated from a perspective of the type of space that is being impacted, rather than just one CAD object hitting another.
Please follow this link for a more detailed explanation:
BIM Validation - Getting Started with SMC
We know there is a lot of information to absorb when learning a new technology. When it comes to rules-based model checking we believe it is important for you to have a basic understanding of how to work with the different components (e.g. layout, specific checks and rulesets that you can tailor for your areas of focus). We have created a video to help you understand how the technology supports your workflow.
Please follow this link to view the Getting Started video:
Tips & Tricks - How to Optimize Your SMC Experience
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 #11: Creating and Editing Rulesets in SMC
There are more than fifty (50) rulesets included within your SMC application. While these consist of many templates that you can use 'as-is', in most cases you will want to modify or customize them for checks that are specific to your project or model(s). This is not a complicated process, but we have written a document that will provide some tips on how you can speed up, and simplify the process.
Please follow this link for a more detailed explanation:
Quick Tip #12: Exporting a model from Revit into SMC
We want to be sure that you have a smooth workflow when it comes to working with models in SMC. If you are using Autodesk Revit as your BIM authoring tool there are some steps to follow to ensure that you are working with a high quality file in SMC. Please follow the link below to an article with suggestions, explanations and links to documentation that should be useful for your export processes. You also may want to save this article as a resource for future reference.
Please follow this link for a more detailed explanation.