Using Sectioning to Streamline Issue Management

In Solibri Model Checker (SMC), the Checking Results window identifies all problems that have been found throughout the entire model. While it is useful to know the total number of issues identified, you can use the sectioning tool to isolate a specific area of the building and only display results for that area. This gives you more flexibility for managing checking results, especially on larger projects. If a project has multiple stories for example, the section tool can be used to generate a view of a single floor, or even a smaller area on that floor, while only displaying the issues within that area of focus. You can then easily create a section view of the area of interest.

The section tool can be found on the Component Tools dropdown in the 3D View.   Mouse over the Sectioning tool to see all options that are available for sectioning (for example, note below that pressing the ‘T’ key will hide/unhide the section plane).

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Once in Sectioning mode, create a section by either clicking on a surface to generate a parallel section plane, or by right-clicking and choosing Sectioning -> “Sections Above and Below Floor” while hovering the mouse over a component in the model. For example, if you mouse-over a window on the 2nd Floor, and then right click and select “Sections Above and Below Floor” the resulting Section View will be of the 2nd Floor.

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Once the section planes are set up in the correct location, in the Results View, change the “No Filtering” option to “Filter with Sections.” In the screenshot below there are 92 issues and “No Filtering” is selected.

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You will notice that by changing to “Filter with Sections” in the view below, the number of results is reduced to 42, and the remaining results listed reflect issues only within the defined section view.

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From here you can address checking issues while maintaining a section view of those issues in the 3D View. At any point, in order to turn all issues back on in the Results View, change the Filtering option back to “No Filtering.”

This is a very useful enhancement to issue management in the standard model coordination review as it allows for more user control over what is being reviewed, and when. This flexibility gives greater control to the reviewing parties, and allows for a more logical and manageable review workflow than having to manually decide which issues are relevant.

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Using Sectioning to Streamline Issue Management

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