The Stamping feature in Solibri Model Checker provides an excellent and easy way to display relevant information about components and their locations directly in the 3D model. Placing such information within the model facilitates easy communication with the project team. You can decide what gets stamped and where you want to place that stamp, as well. More information, communicated clearly should result in greater transparency and greater confidence in the model.

There are two unique stamping functions in Solibri Model Checker:  Coordinate Stamp and Component Stamp.

Coordinate Stamp:  The Coordinate Stamp allows you to “snap” to any surface in the model, and generate a “Stamp” listing the X, Y, and Z coordinates of that point.  This may be particularly useful for users wanting to display the location of some particular component where a problem may be occurring, or simply to give a bearing of where in the building a component is located.

From the 3D window, select the Tools dropdown and choose the Markup tool.  The markup tool ribbon will appear in the upper left corner of the 3D window.  The default option selected, the middle button, is the Coordinate Stamp.

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As you move your mouse over the surfaces of the model, you will see a yellow indicator showing where your mouse will “snap” to if you left-click.  Below, the corner of the window is selected.  (You can also choose to place the mouse at a random point on the wall; the stamp does not necessarily need to be placed at an endpoint or corner.)

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Click the mouse for the coordinates of that point to be displayed.

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Component Stamp:  Similar to the Coordinate Stamp Tool, the Component Stamp allows a user to place a stamp on a component containing details or information about that component.

In the image below, the wall highlighted in green is selected, and you can see a property in the Info Window titled Classification Description showing that the wall is classified as Metal Framed Structural Walls.

You may want to add this information directly to modeled components to highlight this fact (to show where priorities for structural stability may be located, for example).  Any property about a component that has been added to the model can be added to the Component Stamp.

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Modifying Component Stamp Information

Select the File Tab, and choose Settings. Then, Select the Markup option, and you will be taken back to the Model Tab and the Markup settings will appear.

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The default displayed properties for the Component Stamp are Type and Name.  So, if you were to place a component stamp in Solibri Model Checker, that is the information that would be displayed.

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By selecting the Add Row icon  Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 9.52.34 PM,  a new row of property information appears.  Select the three ellipses in the Property column to change the property from Type.

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Displayed below in the Select Property window is the same Property Name information as shown in the Info window. So by changing the Property from Type to Classification Description, Solibri Model Checker will now display Classification Description as part of the stamp.

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Since the Classification Description and Type may contain redundant information, or the Type information from the modeling software may be generic or incomplete, select the Remove a Row option to delete the Row containing the Type Property.  Now, instead, listed below Name, the Classification Description will be displayed as Type.

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Hit Ok to close the Markup Settings window, and select the Component Stamp icon from the Markup Ribbon (the one left of the Coordinate Stamp). Now, click on the wall.  Displayed on the model wall is the Name and Type (or, Classification Description) of the wall.

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For surfaces that may conflict with the red color of the text that is shown by default, the color can be changed from the displayed color palette.

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In the example below, the text has been set to black and we have stamped the Roof with the same properties as the previous wall.

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Before closing the model, be sure to save these views as Communication Slides to be certain that all text and coordinates remain intact. This is also the best way to convey this information in coordination sessions: as a slide show to be reviewed in a team setting.  If you select the Show All button in the 3D window, all added text will disappear. So be sure to add Coordinate and Component Stamps as needed, and then save the view.