New in SMC v9.7: Improved Communication Layout Workflow

Version 9.7 of Solibri Model Checker (SMC) has a reorganized Communication layout along with new views and features that streamline your issue handling and communication workflow.

Below is a screenshot of the new Communication layout with the default placement of the various views of this layout.

Communication Layout in SMC v9.7
Communication Layout in SMC v9.7

The Issues view has been added in version 9.7, and consists of a table that provides information on all issues within a presentation selected in the Presentation view.

You are able to add or remove information columns by clicking the Select Columns  select_columnsbutton and marking only the columns you want visible in the table.

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Columns are able to be dragged left and right.  The table is sorted by the left-most columns, which allows you to sort the table by any information column.  Below, we’ve moved the Status column left, thereby sorting the issues by status.

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You are able to mark/unmark issues by clicking in the left-most column designated with a flag mark or by right-clicking selected issues and selecting Mark Selected Issues.

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You are also able to limit the content of reports to only the issues you’ve marked.

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The Search Presentation tool has a button added that allows you to mark issues found, which makes it easy to find the issues you wish to isolate and report.

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More information on Search Presentation can be found here: Search Presentation

As in version 9.6 of SMC, while the Presentation view is open, the bottom portion of the 3D View displays issue slide information.  However, in version 9.7, a list of comments along with a text box to create new comments has been added.

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The comment also captures the user creating the comment and the date/time. This makes it easy to add information during a coordination meeting when reviewing results.

In SMC 9.6, the Presentation view consisted of a list of presentations as well as issue slides of those presentations. In version 9.7 of SMC, the slides are removed from the Presentation view and are now included in their own view named Issue Sorter.  The size of the slide thumbnails can be set to small, medium, or large under File > Settings > Presentation:

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Also, the Issue Details view is now its own view that can remain open as you switch between issues using the Issue Sorter or Issues view.  This allows you to quickly update issues and add slides from the communication layout, without the need to right-click and select to edit a slide.

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The Coordination tab has been removed from the Issue details and now that information is entered in the Communication tab.  Also, responsibilities now appear as color-coded boxes that can easily be turned on/off from the list of responsible parties by simply clicking their icon.

Altogether, these new features allow you to customize your Communication Layout to adjust sizes and add/remove views they way you like, and still maximize the view of the information and the ability to quickly edit that information.

For example, if you would like to have more 3D Viewing area, you can select all presentations in the Presentation view before closing the view.  This removes the issue information from the bottom of the 3D View and frees up additional space.  You can also move the Slide Sorter View to the Left or Right side of the screen to further enlarge the 3D View.

 

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In summary, the flexibility and new features of the Communication Layout in 9.7 should greatly improve workflow and make it easier to communicate issues amongst your team.

New in SMC v9.7: Improved Communication Layout Workflow

An Outstanding New Feature in SMC 9.7: Federated Floors

A federated model usually consists of multiple files from various disciplines such as architectural, structural, plumbing, HVAC, etc.  These individual files contain floors which may not always have the same name.  For instance, in the architectural model, the first floor may be named “Level 1” while in the mechanical model, it may be named “Floor 1 – Mechanical.”  Furthermore, there may be additional floors in the mechanical model for interstitial space to allow for mechanical systems.

In version 9.7 of Solibri Model Checker (SMC), we are introducing the Federated Floor feature.  This is based floors located and defined in the architectural model. Components in models of other disciplines are mapped to these Federated Floors based on their elevation.  Therefore, if you have an air register in your mechanical model located on a floor named “Level 2 – Interstitial,” between the ceiling of Floor 2 and slab of Floor 3 of the architectural model, that air terminal will have the Federated Floor designated as “Floor 2.”

This allows for much simpler identification of floors of components.  For example, in version 9.6 of SMC, in order to isolate all components of Story 1, you would need to expand each file in the model tree view, multi-select the corresponding story from each discipline model, and click the Set to Selection Basket Set to Selection Basket button:

Isolating a floor in SMC 9.6
Isolating a floor in SMC 9.6 by selecting from multiple files

In SMC v9.7, there is a new Federated Floors hierarchy in the Model Tree.   Now, to isolate all components on a specific floor, click the Switch to Federated Floors icon switch_to_federated_floors in the model tree, and simply select that specific floor before clicking the Set to Selection Basket Set to Selection Basket icon.

Isolating a floor in SMC 9.7 using Federated Floors in the Model Tree view
Isolating a floor in SMC 9.7 using Federated Floors in the Model Tree view

The navigation map of the 3D view now only lists the names of the Federated Floors.  Below is an image of the navigation map in SMC 9.6 after clicking the Floor button.  The list includes floors that correspond to locations named from the structural model in addition to the architectural floors names.

Navigation Map of 9.6
Navigation Map of SMC 9.6

Below, SMC v9.7 cleans up this list by only displaying the Federated Floors of the model, which eliminates confusion while switching between stories using the navigation map.

Navigation Map of SMC 9.7
Navigation Map of SMC 9.7

The Federated Floor relation is a property found under the Location property group in SMC.  When creating your own rulesets, this makes it simple to filter components by their federated floor without the need to filter each floor from multiple models when their names don’t match or there is defined interstitial space.

Federated Floor property from the Location property group
Federated Floor property from the Location property group

The Federated Floor feature will relate every component to a Floor from the architectural model.  Here, you can see that this column doesn’t have a direct relation to a floor in the structural model as the Containment Relation directly relates the component to the building.  However, the Federated Floor of this column, is Story 1 from the architectural model.

The 'Federated Floors' relation
The ‘Federated Floors’ relation

You also have the ability to override the value of the Federated Floor.  Below is a “Building Skin” component that resides on the “Building Skin” floor of the architectural model.  Its Federated Floor is automatically set to “Parking 1.”

Building Skin object on the 'Parking 1' Federated Floor
Building Skin object on the ‘Parking 1’ Federated Floor

You can quickly override this by right-clicking in the Info View and selecting “Show in Custom Relations.”

Right-Click > Show in Custom Relations
Right-Click > Show in Custom Relations

The Custom Relations view automatically opens.  To set the building skin to Story 1, select the building skin component in the left hierarchy tree, and click Set to Selection Basket.

Select the Building Skin object in the Custom Relation view
Select the Building Skin object in the Custom Relation view

With the component set to the selection basket, select Story 1 in the hierarchy tree, and click the Relate To relate_to icon.

Overriding the Federated Floor property using "Relate To"
Overriding the Federated Floor property using “Relate To”

The Building Skin object is ‘unrelated’ from Parking 1, as indicated by a line through that listing and is now related to Story 1.  Story 1 is now its federated floor.

Federated Floor Unrelated and Related by User
Federated Floor Unrelated and Related by User
An Outstanding New Feature in SMC 9.7: Federated Floors

Upgrading to Solibri Model Checker 9.7

Version 9.7 of The Solibri Model Checker (SMC) was released on August 31, 2016.  This article provides details on how to upgrade, install, and register this update of SMC.

First, in order to run the latest version, your license administrator will need to login to the Solibri Solution Center (SSC) and upgrade the SMC license assigned to your username to version 9.7.  The following article provides details on upgrading your assigned license:

License Error: Associated version number (9.6) is smaller than required version number (9.7)

After having the proper license assigned, the next step is to download the latest version of SMC. Please, login to the SSC at https://solution.solibri.com.

From the Products View, click the Version drop-down box under the listing for Solibri Model Checker, and select the most recent listing for version 9.7:

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The installer download should start automatically.  After installing, the first time opening SMC V9.7, you’ll be prompted to register using your SSC username and password:

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Marking the Remember Me checkbox will allow you to open SMC 9.7 in the future without entering your SSC details.

Upgrading to Solibri Model Checker 9.7

LICENSE ERROR: ASSOCIATED VERSION NUMBER (9.6) IS SMALLER THAN REQUIRED VERSION NUMBER (9.7)

If you try registering Solibri Model Checker (SMC) v9.7, and find the following error, it is due to only having a version 9.6 license assigned but not the required 9.7 license:

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To resolve the issue:

  1. Log into https://solution.solibri.com as an admin user.
  2. Select the License Assignment tab.
  3. Leave the Product radio button marked, and select Solibri Model Checker.
  4. In the version list, select 9.7 and click Refresh.
  5. Mark the checkbox for the users that will be running version 9.7 of SMC.
  6. Click Assign.

Those users should then be able to run version 9.7 of SMC.

The info column lists the versions of SMC licenses that are assigned to a user.  Below, you see that the user john.lipp@solibri.com is only assigned version 9.6, which explains why this user receives the error message.  Also, note some users have both 9.6 and 9.5 licenses assigned and some users have only a 9.6 license assigned.  Since version 9.7 is the latest version, users having only a 9.7 license are still able to run version 9.6, 9.5 and 9.1 of SMC regardless of not having those license versions assigned.

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You can also quickly upgrade the versions of assigned licenses by clicking the Upgrade button. Upon clicking this button a dialog opens as seen below:

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After upgrading all 9.6 licenses to version 9.7, all users that had version 9.6 or both 9.6, 9.5 assigned are now assigned version 9.7 licenses:

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LICENSE ERROR: ASSOCIATED VERSION NUMBER (9.6) IS SMALLER THAN REQUIRED VERSION NUMBER (9.7)