Solibri Model Checker – A solution in alignment with the ever evolving potential of BIM

11Aug17

Solibri model checker

by PBC Today

BIM is growing, there are millions of models in circulation already and more being authored every day, on a global basis. However, there is some debate whether all, or even the majority of these, are actually Building Information Models or just models. That discussion we can leave for another time as the focus of this piece is to address the evolution of the BIM Use Case.

This is not really new, as there have been some extremely knowledgeable people and forward thinking companies over the years who identified that BIM could be used for many different purposes and to accomplish this, there had to be some consensus on what information needed to accompany the model components.  There are some great examples of these use cases, such as Energy Analysis, Acoustic Analysis, Facilities Management, Level of Development, QA/QC, National BIM Standards, Code Compliance and many more. This has also resulted in some excellent initiatives to define and deliver a common data structure to address the needs of the different project owners.

Solibri Model Checker is indeed different as it truly is a solution for multiple BIM Use Cases, by design and not by “stretching” the technology to “kind of” address a need, but by actually being an excellent solution for very real use cases and flexible enough to adapt as requirements increase.

The one thing that is very clear – now that there is more data present in models, there is a very real requirement that is often ignored, to both manage that data, but also to verify and validate it, as well.

What good is data if you don’t know it’s accuracy, completeness, or compliance with an established requirement?

Bad data actually causes more harm than good, as decisions that are made from unchecked or unverified data will result in inaccuracies elsewhere, as the project progresses (estimating, procurement, delays, field changes, etc.). This of course adds time and cost and introduces more risk.

Each BIM Use Case presents a range of very different requirements. However, a common need is that they all need to verify and validate the data, for that particular requirement. The table below demonstrates just a few of the use cases that have been identified, so far. This is not an all-inclusive listing, nor does it mean that models are already being used for all of these, everywhere. But the potential is there already for this to happen.

 

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