Enabling and Using Footprints in Solibri Model Checker

As a feature within Solibri Model Checker, “Footprints” displays a 2D background of the architectural model that is loaded. This background consists of tracings of architectural components, most importantly doors, windows, and walls.  This helpful tool is useful in giving you a better understanding of their location in the model, as well as easily referencing the location or additional information about a particular space in the model.  As long as 3D spaces exist in the model, information about those spaces is also displayed when footprints are enabled. In the upper right corner of the 3D window, there is an icon labeled footprint controls.

Show Footprint Controls Button in the 3D Window
Show Footprint Controls Button in the 3D Window

By hiding everything in the model except columns (as in the example shown below) and then enabling footprints, the 2D representation of the architectural model will appear similar to a “background drawing.”

Footprints Enabled in the 3D Window
Footprints Enabled in the 3D Window

When Footprints are turned on, additional footprint options will appear on the right-hand side of the 3D window. SPACE_INFO Space Info – Enable/Disable Space information (Name of space, etc.) GRIDS Grids – Enable/Disable Grids (will only appear if included in the .ifc file) COMPONENTS Components – Switch Architectural components On/Off By default, all of these options are enabled and displayed when footprints are turned on. You can select any of the viewing option buttons, and by doing so hide that information. For example, if you do not want to see the information available about spaces, you can disable the Space Info option. Footprint Upper and Lower Bound Slide Bars Additional footprint controls, in the form of two slide bars (as shown in the image at right) will appear. The top bar will set the upper boundary of what is viewed, and the lower slide bar will set the bottom boundary.  In other words, you can choose to display multiple floors/levels of footprints by widening the boundary, or you can isolate one specific floor to view its footprint.  It is recommended that you experiment with both slide bars to see how they interact with each other and the 2-D footprint displayed. Lastly, the “Space Info” displayed is user definable.  For example, you can choose to display a space name and its number, or perhaps just the name and total square feet.  To change this info, from the File Tab, choose Settings, then Footprints. Various properties such as Text size and Color are also user definable.  Up to 3 rows of information about a space can be displayed in the 2D footprint.  To choose which information to display, select the ellipses next to each row and choose the Property.

File - Settings - Footprints
File – Settings – Footprints

If needed, Grid and Line colors, thickness, and transparency can be adjusted from those respective tabs of the Footprints Controls settings window.

Enabling and Using Footprints in Solibri Model Checker

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