Solibri Model Viewer (SMV) is an exceptionally powerful model review tool intended for users who do not have a license of the Solibri Model Checker (SMC). While the interfaces are nearly identical, SMV is for those users who must review work in BIM files but do not necessarily need to be able to perform checks or generate content in the BIM. For these users, SMV offers a robust review option that is intuitive and easy to use. Also, SMV acts as a presentation tool for those users who may not be able to take their SMC licenses with them to a meeting, or to a location without internet access.
If you are already familiar with Solibri Model Checker, you should be very comfortable with the SMV environment. The interface will be familiar, however, some key functions of SMC are disabled in the free Viewer. Functionality such as running a check, or creating a new presentation, or merging multiple models require a Solibri Model Checker license. SMV is intended to be used as a review tool, not a tool for creating additional content.
We will begin with the interface. There are multiple tabs at the top of the screen: File, Model, Checking, Communication, and finally Information Takeoff. From the File tab the user chooses which model is desired to review by selecting Open Model.
Once the file has been loaded in SMV, The user will automatically be taken to the Model tab. There are several viewing options on the Model tab, including the file tree, the info window, and the 3-D window which is present on all layouts.
Model Tree: the model tree can be expanded manually by selecting the + sign next to any model listed, or via hotkey. The user can isolate components in the view and add, subtract, or set components to the selection basket by selecting those components in the Model Tree view and clicking the +, -, or = buttons at the top right of the Model Tree view. For example, the user can select a specific floor or type of component from the model tree and isolate those components in the 3D view by clicking the = button. The 3-D window will change to reflect only those selected components. Additional components can be added or subtracted from the 3-D view by selecting the plus or minus sign.
3D Views: these are intended to assist the user in navigation. In the top right of the 3-D view there are several drop-down windows, beginning with the navigation mode. Navigation modes include pan, orbit, walk and game mode. Select the navigation mode from the drop-down and press your mouse key to begin navigating. In addition, there is a tools drop-down that includes such functionality as Info and Hide. By default, the user starts in the info mode. This simply means that as components are selected in the 3-D window by the user, the information about those elements is displayed in the info window in the bottom left corner of the model layout. In contrast, switching to the Hide mode will allow the user to hide components in the 3-D window by selecting them.
There is much more to know about the model tab, but this article serves as only an introductory tutorial for the most frequently used functions in SMV.
Select the Checking tab to move to the layout where ruleset checks that a user has performed in SMC can be reviewed or discussed. The checking tab consists of the 3-D window, the checking window, and checking results. The 3-D window is consistent in all layouts; so all functionalities from the model tab are still available from the checking tab.
To review checking results, select any ruleset from the Checking window and expand the results to see the full list of checks that have been run on the BIM. By selecting any rule within the checking window, the results of that check will automatically be displayed in the checking results window. Then, select the result in the checking results window to automatically zoom to that location in the 3-D window.
Perhaps most importantly, any issues that have been rejected by the reviewer in Solibri Model Checker will have a red X next to them. To the right of these rejected checking results, there is a small icon if a slide has been created for the issue. User functionality in the checking layout is limited to review, so no new checks or modification can be created. One final note: when reviewing results in the checking layout, a user can select a component in the 3-D window at any time and the info window will appear displaying all related information.
Switching to the Communication layout, you will find a presentation window to the left of the 3-D window. Any presentations that have been created by the model reviewer in SMC are listed here. These presentations may include screenshots of different perspectives of the BIM as section views or redlined images, as well as presentations generated from any checking results that were found and rejected. Select any presentation that you would like to review, and then choose any of the slides, or issues, that appear below. The 3-D window will change to reflect the slide that is selected, changing to a live version of that model condition. In other words, when a slide is selected and reflected in the 3-D window, the user can still freely navigate the 3-D window, as it is not simply a static slide but a live representation of the slide.
Finally, there is the Information Takeoff layout. Again, functionality here is limited to review, so a user cannot create a new takeoff, but has the ability to look at any Information Takeoff definitions that have been created in SMC. The Information Takeoff view is displayed at the bottom of the 3-D view. It contains columns of information about specified components. The user or reviewer in SMC creates takeoffs to reflect the information they find relevant. This may include details about specific component types such as spaces or walls, or be more generic and contain information about multiple component types. In the top right of the Information Takeoff view there is a drop-down containing any takeoffs that have already been created. Select the drop down and choose any takeoff that you would like to view. When reviewing the information in the Information Takeoff View, the model in the 3-D window will be color-coded to reflect different rows of information. Select any row of information to isolate that row in the 3-D window.
This introduction should provide a good starting point for anyone hoping to use Solibri Model Viewer. As mentioned before, SMV is very similar to SMC in its layout and behavior, so if you would like to go deeper into the features of SMV/SMC, we encourage you to review the SMC tutorial available on our website through the following link: http://www.solibri.com/products/solibri-model-checker/tutorials/
The site contains a getting started tutorial for SMC, as well as a video tutorial for all layouts discussed in this article.