Solibri Spotlight - Issue 7

Advanced Classification and Gatekeeper Rules

In our last issue (the 3rd key to SMC - Classification) we introduced Classification and provided examples of the workflow that included rulesets focused on QA/QC, BIM Validation and Information Takeoff (ITO). This basic structure is important because it serves as the foundation for a deeper understanding of how powerful Classification is, and how it supports a wide range of more complex checks in SMC. Some of these checks can get pretty granular, depending on your verfication and validation requirements. In this issue we will focus on how Classification is used to address one specific BIM Use Case, Construction-Operations Building information exchange (COBie). We will also take a look at an advanced concept called self-configuring rulesets. With SMC it is possible for rulesets to actually configure themselves to display checks for specific information or components. These topics are a bit complex, so please retain the related documents for later reference. In our next issue we will summarize the key elements that we have covered. Enjoy this issue and please follow the links to access supporting documents and videos that are 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.
  • 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

COBie -  Classification

SMC supports COBie in both the US and the UK. In the US we do this by providing the COBie Platform and COBie-US Resources extensions that are accessible from the Solibri Solution Center (SSC).  SMC makes it possible to verify and validate COBie information within your model, based on US requirements, and to export this validated information into a COBie .xlsx spreadsheet. We have provided additional information in an article that you can access via the link below. Please follow this link to read more about COBie and how SMC connects the BIM Use Case with classification, roles and rulesets. There is a defined workflow for you to review:

LoD (Level of Development) - Classification and Gatekeeper Rules

Please follow this link for to watch a video that introduces Gatekeeper Rules and Self-Configuring Rulesets to support LoD checking in SMC:

Self-Configuring Rulesets

Version 9.0 of Solibri Model Checker (SMC) introduced a powerful new feature to ruleset management: self-configuring rulesets. These allow sub rulesets and rules to be grouped under parent self-configuring rules, and are only checked based on the results of those self-configuring parent rules.  We have included two (2) articles to give you a deeper understanding of this capability. Please follow the links below.

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 #15: - Markup - Image Placement - SMC has very capable and powerful markup tools. We are going to focus on how to place an image, or slide presentation directly into your model environment. This is just 1 of many utilities, but it creates the opportunity for you to use your SMC model as a presentation tool. It is actually an awesome usage, and will get the attention of your clients - much more exciting than a static PowerPoint presentation, AND you NEVER leave the model! Please follow this link to read more: Quick Tip #16: - Hyperlinking - SMC has excellent hyperlinking capabilities. In addition to 'what' you can link, we have also provided an environment where you have tremendous flexibility, while keeping your model view totally uncluttered. We think you will both like, and appreciate the approach we have taken. Please follow this link to see how easy it is to create and manage hyperlinks: