Using the Markup Tools: Stamping XYZ Coordinates in Solibri Model Checker

Solibri Model Checker (SMC) boasts some excellent tools in the 3D view.   One of the best is the stamping tool found within the Markup menu. This allows you to add ‘stamps’ of images, component details, or coordinates to the model.  For example, if you would like to include the location of an element so the user who will be reviewing the issues and making corrections can easily locate the issue, the coordinate stamp is the easiest method.

Choose the drop-down “Tools” menu in the 3D view, and select “Markup.”


This will reveal a Markup tool Menu in the top left corner of the 3D view.


The middle icons are stamping tools.  We can mouse over these tools to see that the first icon is the Component Stamp (used to add the component details directly to the 3Dmodel), Coordinate Stamp (used to add X,Y,Z coordinates), and Image Stamp (for adding an image to the model, on a wall surface for example).
Placing these stamps is quite easy.  We will use the Coordinate Stamp tool as an example.  If there is an issue or a location in a model that you would like to notate for a future reviewer to be able to quickly see in the 3D view, select the Coordinate Stamp icon.  Once in the Coordinate Stamp mode, hover over the location you would like to place the coordinates, and a small yellow mouse icon will display the location you are selecting.


Once you have decided on the location for the coordinate stamp, simply left click in the model where you would like the x,y,z coordinates to appear.


This stamp will remain here, unless you choose to reset the model in the 3D view (by selecting “Show All,” for example).  To preserve this stamp going forward, you may want to create a Slide in the Communication tab, which will retain the stamp in new iterations of the model and will not be overridden by a model reset in the 3D view.

Using the Markup Tools: Stamping XYZ Coordinates in Solibri Model Checker

Current Location Tracking

There are times when even the most experienced operators get lost in models. And if not lost, there are certainly many times when it would be nice to know what space you are in, at that moment. It is quite easy to get disoriented as you pass through walls and make your way up and down stairways. There are also times when you are in the model and you want to create a slide or share a viewpoint, and it would be nice to have the location included.

In Solibri Model Checker (SMC), there are several tools and tips that can make your life easier. Some of them have been covered in previous articles, but one of particular value is SMC’s ability to identify the room or space you’re in at any given moment. To see this information, simply switch to the walk mode and begin navigating through the model.


In the bottom right-hand corner of the 3-D window the room or space name will appear, and will change as you move from room to room. As long as you stay in the walk mode, this space location indicator will remain in the 3-D window in the Model, Checking, Coordination, and Information Takeoff layout. Also, the short name of the file that contains the space is displayed, as well as your current role.


These pieces of information, in conjunction with other tools such as the 2D/plan layout (also displayed in the image above) will make model navigation in Solibri Model Checker easier and more enjoyable.

Current Location Tracking

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

Grids in SMC and SMV

Both Solibri Model Checker (SMC) and Solibri Model Viewer (SMV) support grids in IFC files. If your model contains grids, you can view them in the footprint of the model by clicking the Show Footprint Controls button on the top menu bar of the 3D view.  This should turn on Space Info, Grids, and Component Footprints in the 3D view:

Show Footprint Controls
Grids in Solibri Model Checker

You can toggle grids on/off by clicking the Show/Hide Grids button in the Footprint Controls of the 3D View:

Show/Hide Grids
Grids turned off in the footprint

To customize the look of grids in the 3D view click File > Settings > Footprints… and select the Grid tab in the Footprints dialog that opens:

Grid Settings
Grid tab of Footprint Settings

More information on these specific settings can be found in the help topics here:

NOTE: If you are exporting a Revit model that contains grids to IFC, but grids aren’t showing up in the model, it is likely the Grids category in the IFC Options in Revit is set to Not Exported.

In Revit, select Application Button > Export > Options > IFC Options.  In the dialog that opens, scroll down to Grids, ensure that the IFC Class Name for Grids is set to IfcGrid, and click OK:

Revit IFC Options
IFC Options in Revit

Upon exporting, your IFC files should now include grids.

Grids in SMC and SMV