Solibri Spotlight - Issue 8

Mining and Managing Model Data - Using ITO

As BIM continues to evolve, there are several trends that have been identified, and continue to gain recognition. We are certainly seeing exponentially more models being authored every year. While the actual creation of the geometry is very similar between the authoring applications, the amount of metadata, or related information that accompanies that geometry differs greatly. In many cases, there is a tremendous amount of data available, but inaccessible to you, the end-user. SMC changes that by giving you access to that data. Rather than providing a limited capability in the form of Quantity Takeoff, where the focus is primarily (or even solely) on numbers, we want to give you the ability to 'mine the model' for any data that might be valuable. We accomplish that with our Information Takeoff (ITO) approach to accessing, organizing, filtering and visualizing the data that accompanies the model geometry. In this issue, we will take a look at how you can use ITO to manage the data within the model, to support your project requirements and to gain significant flexibility. We just want to get you started and comfortable with the ITO capabilities, so when you have the need to get a little deeper into the model, you will be prepared. This is a very important feature of the Solibri Model Checker and one that we believe really separates us from any other application. Just think what you can do with full access to all the data that resides in the model. Enjoy this issue and please follow the links to access supporting documents that are provided for your reference today, and in the future.

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

Information Takeoff - Understanding ITO

ITO is a powerful tool within SMC. Our goal is to give you a strong introduction about ITO, what it does, how it works, how you can use it and hopefully identify a capability that you will find valuable to YOUR workflow. The attached document steps you through a few exercises that clarify how you can use ITO to filter the model content to suit your specific needs. Please follow this link to read more about ITO and how to access, visualize and maximize the data within the model.

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 #17: - Markup - Stamping Your Models - Why would you want to do that? SMC offers innovative and powerful options for displaying information right on the model. There are two unique stamping options at your fingertips. We will explain the differences and the benefits you can enjoy by using either, or both, of these options. The key here is that you can use the model to communicate information that really matters, for different stakeholders. Please follow this link to read more: Quick Tip #18 - Coordination - Expediting Issue Management - SMC gives you options when it comes to managing the issues that your checks identify. The tips disclosed here are intended to streamline your workflow and accelerate the coordination process, while still retaining all the desired information and building an audit trail. Please follow this link to see how you can streamline the management of your issues: