Creating a Quality Assurance Program
The evolution of BIM presents some very unique and beneficial opportunities for everyone involved in the design-build workflow. BIM makes it possible for anyone to derive benefits from both the model geometry and the metadata that resides within the model itself. This ability to actually be immersed in the model or to interrogate the model really is new ground for the entire AEC industry.
One of the most valuable benefits that a model presents is the ability to determine whether it meets the project requirements. Historically, in a two dimensional environment a lot of effort would need to be expended to find errors that are not major items. In the 3D, or model-based environment, it is possible to apply technology (the Solibri Model Checker) to help you find those issues that might elude you during a manual plan check.
SMC provides you very powerful capabilities that can be tailored to address a wide range of design or construction related issues. In this issue of Spotlight on Solibri we are going to introduce you to some of the features that you might want to include in your own Quality Assurance Program, or processes.
The goal of such a program is to give you the ability to measure the quality of what is being modeled, by the consistent application of rules that are constructed to assure compliance with your project requirements. These rules could be focused on building type, design specifications, or personal preference. Again, the power is in the ability for SMC to find issues that would often be overlooked in a manual process, or to identify issues that are critical for your project.
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.
• 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
Model QA/QC & Risk Mitigation
Setting Severity Levels
- SMC assigns a 'severity rating or level' to every checking result that is generated. These are represented by colored icons for Critical, Moderate or Low status. Then, when an issue is addressed or resolved, the icon color is removed. What might be news to you is that YOU can set the severity for each check, within the Severity Parameters dialog. This is extremely helpful if you want to use the level of severity as a filter, when reviewing issues. For example, you could establish that the Fire Rating requirements for doors is a critical consideration, so any issue would result in a Critical Icon being assigned. Then, you could sort your doors by their Fire Rating property and instantly see any that did not meet the required rating.
We have written an article to aid in Understanding the Severity Levels of Checking Results. We believe this will serve as a valuable reference as you establish your own internal QA process and workflow.
Please follow this link to read more about working with Severity Levels in SMC:
Tips & Tricks - How to Optimize SMC
This section is where we are sharing 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 #19: - Markup - DIMENSIONING IN 3D
- Dimensioning in a 3D environment is a bit more challenging than in 2D. Fortunately, SMC has a very strong dimensioning tool. There are several options for you to choose from, all intended to give you flexibility and ease of use. We have drafted a document with some examples for you to review. Hopefully, you will find them interesting and helpful.
Please follow this link to read more:
Quick Tip #20 - Coordination - Moving or Aligning Models
- When merging model files to create a federated model for coordination or other uses, it is not unusual for a model to be out of alignment with the other file(s). This is a result of the orientation that is established in the different BIM authoring applications. SMC has a Move or Rotate Model capability that makes it possible for you to rapidly align your models and move forward with your model checking. We have written a short article to help you understand how to execute this task.
Please follow this link to see how you can move and align your model(s):