Automatic Visualization

The best way to view the results in Solibri Model Checker will depend on what sort of model checks have been run, which means they will change for different rules or rulesets. Solibri Model Checker attempts to create the best visualization experience for the user by picking the most appropriate visualization settings. As a user scrolls through the results, the visualization method will also change by default. This “automatic visualization” is very often the best way to view the results, but there may be instances where the user would like to modify the way results are being displayed.

Typically, the automatic visualization setting will show the components related to an issue and hide other components in the model. For a coordination check, where the goal is to find intersecting components, that would mean the result would look like the image below.

Automatic visualization can be supplemented with other components, as well. If, for example you would like to add all the 1st Floor ductwork to the above image, you can use the Model Tree to choose the components you would like to add, then select the (+) icon in the Model Tree to add them to the view. The results in this example will look like the image below.

In rare cases, the automatic visualization setting can also be changed to either ‘no visualization’ or ‘transparent.’ The transparent setting will turn everything transparent except the components related to the issue, providing you with a perspective that includes all the surrounding elements and systems, while the ‘no visualization’ option will turn off all visualization of results; nothing in the 3D window will change to reflect the results.

Using the Automatic Visualization in Solibri Model Checker is an effective method of reviewing checking results. With the added flexibility to modify the 3D view, you can create explicitly detailed reports and presentations with very little extra effort required.

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Automatic Visualization

Printable Ruleset Descriptions via Result Summary Reports

The Result Summary view allows you to export a result summary report that includes the names and descriptions of your Rules and Rulesets along with a count of results and components based on issue severity and status.  As it includes the names and descriptions of rules, this provides a simple way to view this information outside of the ruleset manager in SMC.  The following steps will walk you through exporting printable ruleset descriptions as an XLS file.

  1. Open the SMC Building sample model, that comes with Solibri Model Checker.
  2. Click the Checking layout tab, and you should see the Results Summary view under the Checking view on the left. If this view isn’t open, click the ADD_VIEW Add View button to add the view.
  3. Select a Rule or Ruleset in the Checking View to view the related Result Summary.
    Results Summary View
    Results Summary View

    NOTE: If you haven’t run a check or the check is outdated, the Result Summary view will remain empty with the Report button grayed out.  Simply re-run the check by clicking the Check button in the Checking view.

  4. In the Result Summary view, click the Report ITO Report button.
  5. In the Result Summary Report dialog, with the Checking Summary Template.xls selected in the drop-down list, click Save Report and save an .xls file to your computer.  Excel will automatically open the report.
    Result Summary Report
    Result Summary Report

    This report includes general model information at the top, and then a listing of the rules and rulesets along with their descriptions and result summaries.   You can delete the rightmost columns of the result summaries and the general information of the model at the top leaving a simple document that provides the descriptions of the rulesets:

    Rule Descriptions Results Summary Report
    Rule Descriptions Results Summary Report

The link below provides a template that only includes descriptions of Rules and Rulesets.

Ruleset Description.xls

You can use this template by clicking the Browse button in the Result Summary Report dialog and browsing to the file.   If you wish to print out the xls document, selecting “Landscape Orientation” in the print settings should allow the columns to fit on a single page:

Ruleset Description Results Summary Report Print Preview
Ruleset Description Result Summary Report Print Preview
Printable Ruleset Descriptions via Result Summary Reports

Understanding the Severity Levels of Checking Results

Solibri Model Checker (SMC) assigns a severity to every result of an issue found.  Not only do the severity levels provide a visual aid in determining what critical issues need to be fixed,  results can be filtered by severity level in the checking and results view as well as in the checking results report. This allows you to provide greater focus on the issues in the model that are important first.  Furthermore, you are able to custom tailor these severity levels through component filter parameter tables in the rule parameters of your ruleset.  The following article provides an understanding of these concepts.

Severity Levels

Each result of a check has either a critical CRITICAL_SEVERITY, moderate, MODERATE_SEVERITY, or low LOW_SEVERITY severity.  SMC automatically determines the severity of an issue based on either the category (e.g. wrong door opening direction) of the result or how far off a requirement is (e.g. too narrow a door).  The following link provides a table with details on how each rule template calculates the severity of results:

Checking Results Severity Table

Additionally, you can customize your own severity levels through critical and low severity component filter parameter tables within the rule parameters of your ruleset. Details on this topic are found in the following sub-section.

Severity Parameters

The Rule Parameters of every rule template includes a Severity Parameters dialog that allows you to override critical and low severity results based on a component filter parameter table.

Severity Parameters button in Rule Parameters
Severity Parameters button in Rule Parameters

For example, in the results of the rule Find Missing Components Above seen belowthe severity of the result category Component’s don’t touch above, is based on the distance of the Checked Components to the Touching Components above.   Since the distance from the columns to the roof is within the 100mm-500mm range, as listed in the Checking Results Severity Table, the severity is listed as Moderate MODERATE_SEVERITY.

Find Missing Components Above Rule
Find Missing Components Above Rule

However, the EW-2 type walls used as railings on a balcony do not have any components touching above, which is why the severity is Critical CRITICAL_SEVERITY.  Knowing that columns should be bracing a roof, and that walls of type EW-2 are used as balcony railings, these severity levels can be improved.  By modifying the severity parameters of the rule, you can set the issues with columns to be critical severity and the walls of type EW-2 to be low severity:

Severity Parameters for Find Missing Components Above Rule
Severity Parameters for Find Missing Components Above Rule

The severity levels now correspond to the filters in the Severity Parameters of the rule when checked.

Results after modifying the Severity Parameters
Results after modifying the Severity Parameters

Severity of Results in the Checking Layout

The severity levels of results are displayed in the various views of the Checking Layout in SMC.  In the image below you can see that the status columns in the Checking View lists the severity levels of results in the three severity columns.  For example, the Space Validation rule contains both critical CRITICAL_SEVERITY and low LOW_SEVERITY severity results.

NOTE: Once all results of the same severity of a rule have been handled by either Rejecting REJECTED or Accepting ACCEPTED those results, the icon of the severity turns grey HANDLED_SEVERITY.

Severity of Results in SMC
Severity of Results in SMC

By selecting this rule, the Results Summary View and the Results View is populated with the rules corresponding results.  In the Results Summary View, you can see that there are 2 Critical CRITICAL_SEVERITY severity issues and 3 Low LOW_SEVERITY severity issues.  By selecting within these columns in the Results Summary View, the corresponding space locations of these issues are isolated and colored based on the severity of those issues.

In the Results View, you can see the various severity levels of issues designated by their severity icon.

Filtering Rules and Results based on Severity Level

In the Checking View, you are able to filter which rules are displayed in the tree by clicking the result status icons in the column header to hide/unhide those results. Once hidden, the column header icon appears crossed out, and all rules that contain only results with hidden severity levels are hidden in the tree.

Filtering Rules and Results based on Severity Level
Filtering Rules and Results based on Severity Level

Furthermore, the Results View only lists results with severity levels that aren’t currently hidden.

Filtering Reports of Checking Results based on Severity Level

In the Create Report dialog that opens upon clicking the Report button in the Checking View, there is a Content check box list.

Create Report Dialog
Create Report Dialog

This list allows you to limit your report to specific severity levels.

Understanding the Severity Levels of Checking Results

Issue Management Workflow

In SMC, while reviewing results of a check, you can right-click on an issue in the Results window and choose  “Add a slide.”  This will bring up the Issue Details tab where comments about the issue and its location can be added or adjusted. Next to the Issue Details tab is the Coordination tab.  From here, you can assign Responsibilities for issues, as well as update or assign issue status (Assigned, Closed, Open, Resolved).  You can also manually type in additional statuses or manually enter additional responsible parties. Lastly, the Components tab lists all components related to the issue.  Once you have added comments, assigned responsibilities, etc., by selecting “OK,” the issue details you have created are now information managed by that slide.  Double-click the slide to open and re-edit the information.

Issue_Management_2

From the Communication layout tab in SMC, you can create a presentation using their checking results.  The resulting slides (and any exported report) will contain the information entered in the Issue Details window.   To access the Issue Details window from the Communication layout, simply double-click on a slide in a presentation.  When you select Report, you will now see a set of Status checkboxes which can be marked to include those corresponding results with those statuses in the report.

Issue_Management_3

(Only statuses that have been used will show up in the Create Report dialog.)

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(Responsibilities and Status are reflected in the exported report)

Issue Management Workflow