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Do you ever think of how to ensure Quality Assurance for your BIM projects?  Do the BIM models produced following the BIM standard you have set?

Without a proper tool, you would need to check the model manually for the Clash Detection but also the correct Naming Convention and Required Properties.  That is time-consuming and requires an experienced professional to do so.

Here we introduce Solibri Model Checker that allows users to define how QA/ QC tasks are performed.  It is a software developed by a Finnish company and fully adopted to the Open BIM methodology, which refers to IFC models and BCF format.

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It is also available with a free viewer called Solibri Anywhere (previously named Solibri Model Viewer)

 

Quick Overview

Let’s start with the User Interface.

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There are 5 tab

  • FILE: for document operation, such as open file, save file and setting
  • MODEL: for models reviewing, such as IFC, DWG or SMC file and visualizing the model in different views
  • CHECKING: checking a model/ design by a collection of Rulesets  (the core feature of Solibri)
  • COMMUNICATION: generate a slideshow to present the checking result and issue list
  • INFORMATION TAKEOFF: full information quantity takeoff

 

The Three Core Concepts

Before we go into the functions of Solibri, we should first understand some basic concepts in Solibri.

They are Role, Rules and Rulesets, and Classification. Most of the BIM workflow applies to this concept as well.

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What is a Role in Solibri?

  • A Role (or professional function) is essentially to call on a grouping of resources.
  • An example of Role is BIM Validation could be Architectural or Quantity Takeoff.
  • Grouping of resources refers to Rulesets, Classifications, and Information Takeoff Definitions (ITO)
  • It helps users to perform their tasks by focusing on their Role only.

What are Rules and Rulesets?

  • Rules and Rulesets are the criteria (of a requirement or regulation) used for checking the BIM model or Information Takeoff.
  • It should include all required checkpoints, such as the information contained in the BIM model, for both geometry and non-geometry components.
  • Solibri comes with more than 50 out-of-the Rulesets that are ready for use.
  • Users can create their own custom Rulesets as well, either from scratch or by adding to, removing from, and/or modifying the parameters of an existing Rulesets.

What is Classification?

  • Classification in Solibri allows users to classify or categorize elements or spaces.
  • Model checking and Information Takeoff would be performed based on the Classification

 

Model Checking

Finally, let’s see how Solibri checks your model.

  • Firstly, open the model
  • And then, select the Discipline such as Architectural (it is important to choose the Discipline right, as the Ruleset in Solibri is classified by Discipline)
  • Next, select the Rulesets (Ruleset is another important concept in Solibri that is the “standard” used for the model checking. It can be easier setup and created by medication from the sample Rulesets provided.)
  • The Issue report will be easily generated and categorized into different Severity (Critical, Moderate, Low) and the user can review and decide the issues if they are Rejected Results or Accepted Results.

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  • Lastly, the users can create a report into a PDF or Excel file.

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Solibri Model Checker is now a pre-approved CITF product.

 

Solibri 5 min demonstration video: https://youtu.be/pUMsElKEKZ4

Want to learn more about Solibri? Visit our product page: http://www.forida.com.hk/index.php/products/solibri

Check out about The Construction Innovation and Technology Fund (CITF)? http://www.forida.com.hk/index.php/solutions/bim-fundings

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Do you found it is tough to performing Quantity Takeoff on numerous PDF drawings?

And it is also not easy to measure the objects with shapes of curves and twists?

Here we have a case study from a Consultancy firm called KCI Management Consultancy Limited, sharing how Bluebeam Revu can help on their daily jobs on Quantity Takeoff.

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Quantity Takeoff

With a complex drawing, performing quantity takeoffs requires high level of accuracy. KCL mentioned several tools provided by Bluebeam® Revu® that were particularly useful for their daily workflow, including calibration, snapping, multiple scale viewports, conversion of lines to arcs, counting, markup list and export function.

The calibrating function allowed KCI to determine the scale of the drawing in PDF, enabling accurate measurements. In addition, Revu® allowed KCI to store multiple scales in the same document, including storing X and Y scales separately, which reduced error in calculations and measurements.

Snapping is favorable to making precise and accurate measurements. The Grid and snap-to-grid functionality aided precise placement and calculation of markups.

With their project and large drawing sets, KCI was able to effectively use the counting tool to tally up different items within the drawings with ease, including windows, doors, lights, etc.

Benefits

30% time savings in Quantity Takeoff

Easy tracking locations of markups

Increase efficiency and accuracy with precise tools

Implementation

The implementation for Bluebeam® Revu® was relatively seamless for KCI. The simple installation allows KCI to get started right away after acquiring the licenses. They also mentioned that the learning curve for Revu® was relatively low, and the extensive resources provided online also assisted them in their early adoption.

Right now, all the new on-boarding members of KCI have started using Revu® from day 1 with ease. The new members of KCI were particularly impressed how easy it was to find all the functions that Revu® has to offer from their tool chest once they get used to the interface.

KCI has purchased licenses of Revu® over 2 years ago. Since then, they have continually used Revu® with no plans to seek out other solutions.

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Implementation

The implementation for Bluebeam® Revu® was relatively seamless for KCI. The simple installation allows KCI to get started right away after acquiring the licenses. They also mentioned that the learning curve for Revu® was relatively low, and the extensive resources provided online also assisted them in their early adoption.

Right now, all the new on-boarding members of KCI have started using Revu® from day 1 with ease. The new members of KCI were particularly impressed how easy it was to find all the functions that Revu® has to offer from their tool chest once they get used to the interface.

KCI has purchased licenses of Revu® over 2 years ago. Since then, they have continually used Revu® with no plans to seek out other solutions.

Want to learn more about Bluebeam? Visit our product page: http://www.forida.com.hk/index.php/products/bluebeam

Check out about The Construction Innovation and Technology Fund (CITF)? http://www.forida.com.hk/index.php/solutions/bim-fundings

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Do shop tickets take longer for you to pull together than they should? Join our webinar about inserting dimensions automatically in shop drawings of precast concrete elements in Revit.

Whether you're a seasoned user of our Precast Concrete software for Revit or you're just looking into ways of streamlining your precast design process, we hope you'll join in.

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Webinar Details

Date: February 13, 2020 (Thursday)

Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm 

Cost: Free of Charge

Topics to be covered:

  • How to set up rules for auto-dimensioning, schedules, and sheets
  • How to create several assemblies with drawings and dimensions at once
  • How to create automatic dimensions in elevation view
  • How to create dimensions in an assembly with multiple host elements
  • Take a look at a sample file for automatic dimensions

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Does finding content in your Revit® library eat up too much time? How about modifying Revit families?
If so, then sign up for our free webinar about efficient BIM content management using our Smart Browser software for Revit.

This free webinar will be about efficient BIM content management using our Smart Browser software for Revit. It makes browsing, sorting, managing, and controlling Revit families a breeze and drastically reduces the time required to modify families. Intended for BIM managers, BIM content creators, and really all Revit users.

Smart Browser Manage

 

Webinar Details

Date: January 30, 2020 (Thursday)

Time: 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm 

Cost: Free of Charge

Topics to be covered:

  • quickly find Revit families in your library by parameter name, value, version, or host type.
  • modify existing parameters of hundreds of selected families.
  • auto-sort and number families using specific rules.
  • batch-modify materials of selected families.
  • add, modify, and delete family types. (No need to rename types one by one!)
  • add new shared or family parameters to selected families.
  • transfer family units from one family to another.
  • keep families in projects up-to-date by easily finding differences between families in a project and families in your library.

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 16:09

WEBINAR: Is Revit ready for precast?

Precast Concrete enables you to quickly and easily model all prefabricated concrete elements and get full project updates on the Revit platform in real time.Create element views with automatic dimensions, and generate bills of materials and shop drawings for quality production and accurate assembly on site.

This webinar is aimed at current Revit users as well as those who are considering to switch over to Revit for precast design.

Slabs, stairs, balconies, columns, connections, reinforcement, shop drawings, construction drawings, and detail views will all be covered.

Advantages and challenges of Revit, tips & tricks, plus the efficiency brought by Precast Concrete BIM Solution. Q&A to follow.

Webinar Details

Date: December 12, 2019 (Thursday)

Time: 5:00 pm – 5:55 pm 

Cost: Free of Charge

Topics to be covered:

  • Ways to model different precast elements – walls, slabs, beams, stairs, balconies, etc.
  • Inserting connections – corbels, embed plates, grout tubes, column shoes, lifting hardware, bolts, etc.
  • Families for precast elements
  • Renumbering precast elements, adding additional parameters and information to them
  • Creating assemblies and shop drawings for precast elements
  • Generating construction drawings, erection details

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Thursday, 28 November 2019 12:04

Updates for AGACAD MEP Hangers

MEP Hangers enables the instant large-scale insertion of hangers and supports throughout a Revit® model for ducts, pipes, cable trays, and conduits. You get accurate bills of materials and builders work drawings, and accurate on-site assembly thanks to BIM-to-Field features.

In this webinar will go over what MEP Hangers tool for Revit is capable of.

Especially for architects, structural and MEP engineers, BIM coordinators, and really anyone who needs to distribute hangers, supports, clamps, or similar elements along MEP systems in Revit.

Webinar Details

Date: December 6, 2019 (Friday)

Time: 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm 

Cost: Free of Charge

Topics to be covered:

  • Placing hangers on ducts/pipes/conduits/cable trays
  • Connecting hangers to walls/floor/roof/beams/columns in a linked model
  • Connecting hangers between themselves
  • Splitting ducts/pipes/conduits/cable trays into pre-set lengths
  • Auto-copying shared parameters from structural and MEP elements into hangers
  • Convenient hanger marking and detailed scheduling

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SketchUp Pro has been selling as perpetual license for a long period times, finally Trimbles has offered an option of Annual susbcription early of this year when SketchUp Pro 2019 is launched.

It may be confusing that the product name of “SketchUp Pro” now refers to the annual subscription while the perpetual license is named as “SketchUp Classic”.

SketchUp Subscription

SketchUp Pro Subscirption would be an option for users that look for a more affordable up front investment or additional features:

  • Trimble Connect with unlimited cloud storage
  • SketchUp for Web premium
  • Viewing apps for HoloLens, VR and Mobile
  • Sefaira: High performance building design software plug-in for SketchUp and Revit (*bundled in SketchUp Studio Subscription)

Click here to learn more about the perceptual and subscription license, and the plug-in tools that enpower your SketchUp.

Thursday, 13 June 2019 17:55

Free Event: CITF Sharing Seminar

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To boost the industry adoption of innovative construction methods and new technologies including implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM), the Construction Innovation and Technology Funding (CITF) has been 

The approved projects can be subsidized by at most 70% and the funding ceiling is HK$600,000 per applicant.launched and available for the eligible applicant (company) to apply.

The seminar will introduce the funding details and cover a few pre-approved products that you may not familiar with but truly useful for your BIM projects.

 

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Join in this free webinar to see the flexibility of AGACAD's Wood/Metal Framing solution for Revit, which has been enchanced by implementing some highly requested features. 

In this 30-min webinar, you’ll see the extended possibilities for distributing studs and sheathing that will help you automate even more complex situations. 

THURSDAY, April 11, 2019 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM    REGISTER HERE

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In the AEC industry, bids are required to win jobs. Lots of time is spent preparing them, and many of them are rejected. How many more jobs could you win if you had a faster and more accurate way to get bids out the door?

In this How-To blog, we will look at Revu’s built-in measurement tools allows estimators to expedite their takeoff process, even seamlessly export that information to excel!

So how can we easily link cell on Excel to measurement data on documents in Bluebeam Revu?

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