The 3rd Key to SMC - Understanding Classification
In issue #3 we acknowledged there were three (3) primary keys to the Solibri Model Checker; Roles, Rules/Rulesets, and Classification. We have addressed these elements in this particular order because it is the logical workflow a project would follow. If you have any questions about Roles or Rules, please take another look at those newsletters.
We will cover the topic of Classification in the next two issues of this newsletter. In this issue we will focus on the concept of Classification and developing a basic understanding of how it is used with Rulesets, specifically in the areas of QA/QC, BIM Validation and Information Takeoff (ITO). Hopefully, by the time you have gone through the associated materials and have had a chance to try some of these steps in your own SMC session, you will be ready for the more advanced discussion about using Classification in the COBie and LoD use cases, as well as the concept of Gatekeeper Rules. While there are easier concepts than Classification to grasp, once you understand what is possible, you will be even more excited about checking your models.
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
Model QA/QC - with Classification
In our last issue (#5 , also June 2015) we focused on the basics of rulesets in SMC. In order for us to apply a rule to check a space or component for any requirement, SMC needs to be able to differentiate one space or component from another. Many times the function (WC, office, corridor, patient room) of a space will determine the requirements for that specific space. Classification within SMC makes it possible to define spaces and components both manually, and automatically. This is not a difficult process, but it does require a good understanding of the underlying concepts.
The following article introduces you to classification by teaching you how to modify the existing classifications that come with SMC, and how to create your own.
Information Takeoff - with Classification
This is a very powerful combination, and one that could dramatically impact your workflow. It is possible for you to create a classification and ITO structure one time, and continue to reuse it indefinitely. The accompanying article goes into detail about how you can use the classification capability to query the model for a wide range of information, and how you gain flexibility to work very efficiently with data from multiple sources.
Please follow this link for a more detailed explanation of Classification and ITO:
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 #13:
- In order to provide you with location references, it is possible for you to enable 'footprints' or 2D backgrounds within SMC. There are also options for you to set display defaults for the information that you would like reflected for each space. The accompanying article provides you with more detail about this feature, as well as some suggestions for how you can use these capabilities.
Please follow this link to read more:
Quick Tip #14: Classification Icons
- As is the case with most software applications, SMC has icons in multiple locations and layouts. We have written a brief explanation of the various icons you will find in the Classification View of SMC. We hope you will find this helpful.
Please follow this link to access the document: