Archive for July, 2010


Solibri Model Checker – A Step Beyond Navisworks

July 30, 2010

Solibri Model Checker is a unique application that has no real competitor in the AEC technology space yet. The only application with some of its functionality is NavisWorks, but that is focused primarily on coordination and clash detection.”

“Solibri Model Checker is well suited to being used by design firms as their internal QA tool to improve the quality and consistency of their models, and can also be used by contractors to validate that the models they are receiving from the design team meet their specific criteria as captured in their own customized rule sets.”

“As far as limitations goes, the application could do with some better documentation to enable faster learning, particularly on how to edit and create rule sets, which are the key to the application. Also, its near-complete reliance on the IFC file format ties its fortunes too closely with that of the IFC, and it would do well to find ways of working directly with the file formats of all the major BIM applications, as NavisWorks has been able to do. Building interfaces such as the Solibri Issue Locator with Revit and Bentley, in addition to the one currently available for ArchiCAD, is also essential to make the design iteration loop between modeling and checking faster and more efficient.” 

(Note: Solibri Issue Locater does not currently work with Revit as of this post date.)

“The automated code-checking initiative in the US is already well underway, and it is powered by a customized version of Solibri Model Checker (see the section entitled “Development and Implementation of Automated Code Checking in the US” in the article on the AIA TAP 2007 Conference). In addition to enabling checking for local code compliance, Solibri Model Checker can also eventually be expanded to include large databases of rule sets for different building types such as hospitals, hotels, offices, etc., allowing designs to be checked against type-specific standards and best practices. The ability to quickly and automatically check a building design for the satisfaction of codes and established design standards is a critical step towards a more intelligent and sophisticated design process, which will allow buildings to be subjected to much higher levels of quality control than those in place today.”

Lachmi Khemlani is founder and editor of AECbytes

To read the full article.

Solibri Features

ITO will allow “data mining” from the BIM by making it possible to instantly capture practically any information available and then generate customized reports.  ITO can be used for many purposes, ranging from quantity takeoffs to automated area calculations and extracting the information used (for example) in carbon footprint calculations. ITO makes it possible for users to define their own information requirements, extract the information required and customize their own reporting templates.

BIM Validation rule set can be used for general quality assurance of the model, verifying that all the building components are present and that there are no major issues.

Space Validation rule set, which checks that the architectural design has spaces defined according to surrounding walls.

Model Revisions Comparison – Architecture” rule set, allows you to import the previous version of the design and then the later version and run comparison rules.

Quantity Takeoff rule set which can be exported to estimating applications.

Visualization rule set color codes different component types, making it easier to spot any inconsistencies.

Rule-based Clash Detection as opposed to just the geometry-based clash detection offered by an application like NavisWorks.

Model Visualization and Walk-through Capability.

Solibri Model Checker – Interface Navigation

Solibri Model Checker – Rule Sets & Model Checking

Solibri Model Checker – Communication / Presentation


Prepare Your Revit Model for FM

July 28, 2010

There is an excellent presentation on preparing your Revit model for Facilities Management available through your Autodesk Subscription.  Entitled “FM318-1 Get your Autodesk Revit Model Ready for FM” this presentation was given at the 2009 AU and covers preparing your model for COBie a common spreadsheet interface typically required by government entities and Archibus a Facilities Management Software Developer.  This presentation also covers the use of Assembly Codes and Omniformat Numbers starting at the 00.54.16 time code setting.

1.  Log into your Subscription Service
2.  Select “Training” from the left menus.
3.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and select
      “Autodesk University Course Material”
4.  In the new window select the “On-Line Classes” tab top left of the page
5.  In the Keywords search to the far right insert “FM318-1”


National Guidelines for Digital Modeling

July 27, 2010

I found this one on the Revit ST blog.

Its a National Guidelines for Digital Modeling, but not for or by the US.  It was developed by our friends down under.

From Revit ST:

This reminds me of a set of guidelines / standards that were developed for the Australasian Region last year as a result of discussions at the Revit Technology Conference . The National Guidelines for Digital Modelling were developed by representatives from some of the largest Engineering and Construction companies in Australia and the world.

Download the guidelines here .

It looks like an interesting well thought out publication.  Enjoy!


KLMK – IPD Articles

July 27, 2010

Throughout 2010, Capital Project Solutions will run a series of articles dedicated to Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). We will explore all issues related to IPD, from project identification to team selection to contract and incentive development. With three (3) IPD projects currently underway, we will share case studies and lessons learned throughout the series. Last month, we discussed Integrated Project Delivery contracting and how it differs from traditional delivery contracts. This month, we will explore issues related to insuring an IPD project. If you have missed any of the previous articles or to learn more about other strategies to ensure your project’s success, visit


REVIT – 2011 Technology Conference

July 25, 2010

Steve had mentioned the next Revit Technology Conference is scheduled for July 2011 and is occuring in San Diego, CA.  Given the time of year and location I think most of us in the Tucson and Phoenix areas will be highly motivated to attend this conference.  The last conference was held in Australia so the 2011 event may be a rare opportunity for us in Arizona.  As of this post the event details had not been posted so you may want to save this link for future reference.  We will post an update as we find out more.


Revit Classes at Pima College

July 25, 2010

Pima College appears to have expanded their Revit course offerings.  Here are the relavent links.

Search Results – Revit

CAD Class Listings Fall 2010


AIA Hosts – BIM & The Bottom Line

July 25, 2010

AIA Southern Arizona Hosts:
BIM and the Bottom Line 
August 27th, 8 AM – 5 PM
Cocktail Reception 5:30 – 7 PM
Double Tree Reid Park – Tucson, AZ 

$$$  There is a fee for this event, but as of this posting it was undetermined.

BIM and the Bottom Line
How Integrated Solutions Can Add Value For You and Your Clients
A Collaborative Workshop

Featured National Speaker James Salmon, J.D. of Collaborative Construction Resources will lead this innovative, live workshop in which attendees will learn the solutions to challenges regarding interoperability among BIM tools and how team collaboration can be maximized through the use of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) agreements and Lean Business processes.  Interoperability will be demonstrated with the following BIM Solutions- AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Revit MEP, Archicad, Catia, Tekkla, and Solibri. 

Attendees will:

  • Earn 6 AIA HSW/SD units!
  • Realize the importance of and flexibility of integrated agreements. Even public entities can participate in IPD structured projects!
  • Learn efficient work flows to facilitate successful interoperability among differing software platforms.
  • Understand the Level of Detail necessary to extract cost, time, fabrication, commissioning and facility management data from the model AND how to plan for it from the beginning.
  • Have the opportunity to interact with industry leading professionals to get your questions answered.


8:00-9:00       Registration/Cont. Breakfast/Exhibit Booths open
9:00-10:45     Benefits of Interoperable BIM in an IPD Environment
10:45-11:00   Break
11:00-12:30   Collaborative Analysis of Challenges
12:30-1:30     Lunch/Exhibit Booths open
1:30-3:45       3D Resolution of Challenges
3:45-4:00       Break
4:00-5:00       Interoperable BIM & IPD:  Fact, Fiction & Future
5:30-7:00       Cocktails in Exhibit Area

For More Information or to Register Contact –  
Kathy VonCannon, AIA Southern Arizona This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Phone:  (520) 323-2191or visit – AIA Southern Arizona website at


BIM for the Built Environment Event in Tucson on August 6th – FREE!!

July 25, 2010

Are you involved in the built environment? If so, this is a must see seminar that will demonstrate Autodesk Solutions that will win you more business by demonstrating the efficiencies realized thru project collaboration for all facets of the building cycle from design to construction. These efficiencies can be recognized for all project delivery methods; See Autodesk’s VDC Technical Specialists Jason Dodds and Kevin Durham demonstrate the BIM efficiencies and their applicability to all project delivery methods throughout the entire building cycle.

Gain the competitive edge by exceeding the expectations of project owners by utilizing BIM – Let BIM be your competitive advantage. Firms awarded projects recognize the efficiencies and cost savings by utilizing BIM, in spite of 2D plan requirements. Learn about how Autodesk solutions will win you more bids by providing you efficient, innovative, and cost savings tools for design and construction for:

Civil Engineers
MEP Engineers
Structural Engineers

Agenda: BIM for the Built Environment

  • Revit Platform Overview for Vertical Construction
  • Autodesk SEEK
  • Design Review and DWF Technology
  • Horizontal BIM Tools
  • Interoperability
  • TimeLiner and Clash and Collision features
  • Autodesk Quantity Takeoff – QTO
  • Working with Third Party Applications
  • Using the “I” in BIM

Register Now


Phoenix Metro – Revit Classes Fall 2010

July 24, 2010

I discovered several Revit classes being offered in the Phoenix area for the fall of 2010 so I thought I would share them with you.


SARUG July Meeting Recap

July 24, 2010

Our July meeting has now past and the resulting recordings are available on our web channel at

  David Joslin Master Thesis – David provides an overview of his thesis with a
  special emphasis on the conceptual interface he developed for BIM Cloud
  Computing and how the application might be used for facilities management.

  Dynamic Families – An adjustable column and a parking array.  We didn’t
  get to cover the how these families were created but looked more at the
  features.  I may do a training clip to explain these items in greater detail.

  Navisworks Freedom – An overview of this free application given by Chris
  Perry of CADSoft.  Much like DOOM and HALO, the on-line games, NWF 
  gives you the ability to walk-through your Revit model.   

I would like to extend a thanks to David and Chris for presenting and to those that attended the meeting.

Our August meeting date, location and content have not been established yet  but we are looking at covering the software and techniques related to Civil Engineering as well as possibly doing a General Contractor series of meetings to discuss how the BIM technology is being used and IPD are being implemented in the Construction Phase of a project.