The link allows exchange of both the authoring and validation models with partial updates in a real-time design scenario. In addition to the highly reliable “offline” IFC model exchange, this “live” link enables real-time information exchange. Simply design, check and change/amend as necessary. With just a few clicks, ARCHICAD users can export the BIM model into Solibri Model Checker and, after a rule-based model check, can then highlight issues in ARCHICAD.
After installing the SMC add-on in ARCHICAD, and pointing it to the SMC install folder, users can export their designs to SMC in a flash using the add-on’s menu items. Make sure Solibri is not running, then simply choose ‘Export to SMC’ from the SMC menu. ARCHICAD will start Solibri and open the model in the Checker.
Once in Solibri the usual tools can be used to check and interrogate the model. The connection also enables ARCHICAD to interact with the selection basket in SMC, just select an element in ARCHICAD and use the add-on’s menu to show the selection’s properties in Solibri.
“With this link, our joint customers will benefit from a best-in-class design quality assurance workflow, allowing them to detect design errors well in advance, correcting those before generating costly errors on construction sites,” said Péter Temesvári, Director of Product Management, GRAPHISOFT.
Link works both ways
Once a selection is made in SMC you can match the selection in ARCHICAD using the ‘Get selection basket from SMC’ option of the add-on. This speeds up fixing issues immensely by eliminating the need for regular exports and imports while working.
The add-on integrates right into ARCHICAD in the menu bar to provide easy and convenient access to its features. It also works with ARCHICAD’s built in features, so you can create your own toolbar to always have the required buttons available to you. To create one, just go to Options>Work Environment>Toolbars, Select ‘New Toolbar” under Toolbar options. Drag and drop items from the left column to include in the toolbar.