Using Stamping in Solibri Model Checker

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.

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Using Stamping in Solibri Model Checker

Working with Hyperlinks in the Solibri Model Checker

Working with Hyperlinks in the Solibri Model Checker

Hyperlinks in Solibri is unlike other tools and allows you an excellent comprehensive method of organizing and accessing all of your hyperlinks/project documents, either from an individual component or from a Hyperlink Manager window. This eliminates messy overlaid hyperlinks that may clutter up a 3D view, and have strictly an “All On” or “All Off” option.

There are two options for adding hyperlinks in Solibri Model Checker. You can add a hyperlink directly to an individual component or a group of components, or you can add a hyperlink to the entire .SMC model.

Adding a hyperlink to the entire model

Adding a hyperlink to your .SMC model requires a few simple steps. From the upper right corner in SMC, select the Add View dropdown menu and choose the Hyperlink Manager option.

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The Hyperlink Manager window should appear on your screen. You can choose to leave it floating, or to dock it into a specific location.

From this interface, you can manage any Hyperlinks that exist in the model.

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To create a hyperlink for your entire .SMC model, choose New Hyperlink.

(Later, we will show how to attach a hyperlink to a group of components, but in this case we are simply adding a reference to a document or website that is important or relevant to the entire model/building)

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Add Hyperlink – By entering the requested information, you will create and define the hyperlink.

Address – website or file being referenced/linked to (“Browse for file” as needed).

Topic – A user defined group that the hyperlink belongs to (for example, Windows, Construction Documents, etc.).

Relative – Stores hyperlinks relative to the folder of the saved SMC model.  So, the files must remain in the same location (or be moved with the SMC model).

Absolute – Stores hyperlinks in a location as specified, regardless of the SMC model location.

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Once the information has been entered, select OK to see your new hyperlink listed in Hyperlink Manager.

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To follow the link, hold down CTRL and click on it in the display.
Any further links added to the model or any of its components can be accessed from the Hyperlink Manager window.

Adding a hyperlink to components

In addition to simply linking documents or sites to the entire model, you can add a hyperlink (or multiple hyperlinks) to an individual component in the model, or to a group of components.

For this example, we have isolated all the Windows in the model (using the Component hierarchy option at top), and have selected the group of windows listed as Double Sash Window 17.

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To associate a Hyperlink with all the Double Sash Windows, right-click while hovering the mouse over the group, choose Hyperlinks, and then New Hyperlink.

(If needed, instead of choosing a group of components, you can also choose individual components that are listed under the group, and choose to associate a hyperlink with only one of the Double Sash Windows instead of all of them).

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From here, you could choose to use the Hyperlink Address listed that we created in our previous example, or add a new one.

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Once a new hyperlink has been specified, select OK to see the hyperlink in the Hyperlink Manager window.

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Any hyperlinks added to the model will appear in the Hyperlink Manager. From here, a user can access any link that has been associated with a component/group of components, or any link associated with the entire model. 

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Additionally, if a hyperlink is added to an individual component, a user can select that component in the model tree or the 3D model and choose the Hyperlink tab in the Info Window to view which Hyperlinks are associated with the individual component.

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All these functionalities add up to a uniquely user-friendly Hyperlink tool that can be accessed from both individually selected components, or from a dedicated Hyperlink interface. This allows for easy creation, management, and organization of both documents and websites that are relevant to any modeling project.

Working with Hyperlinks in the Solibri Model Checker

Placing Images Directly into the Solibri Model Checker

The image placement tool in Solibri Model Checker is a useful method for adding images directly to a surface in SMC.   This can then be used as a medium for presentations. A user can create a deck of slides, for example, and then build a presentation in Solibri to place the images in the live model.   To access the image placement tool, first enable Markup from the Tools dropdown listing.

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A small horizontal ribbon will appear in the upper left corner of the 3D window.

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Select the “Image” icon from the view. Then, select the surface in the model where you would like to add an image.

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For this example, we will choose a Solibri Logo as the image. Once an image is chosen, select OK.

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Sometimes the image will not align exactly as desired in SMC due to differences in dimensions of the image and the component it is being attached to (in this case, a lobby wall).

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In this case, just select the grips around the image to resize and drag it to its correct location.

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Once the image is placed, you can deselect the image, reorient the view as needed, and then save as a Slide to a presentation.

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This is an excellent add-on feature to Solibri Model Checkers powerful presentation capabilities. Users who have a presentation that focuses on a model or the topic of model checking can import the presentation into the actual SMC model, and do a walkthrough as they navigate through the slideshow, rather than opting for the more traditional, and static, slideshow presentation. This actually serves to bring your model to life, as you are spending your time ‘in’ the model.

Placing Images Directly into the Solibri Model Checker