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Agile Business Technology is pleased to announce the latest in its BIM product line-up, software that boasts unparalleled model quality control and BIM validation capabilities. A product that makes early detection of clashes, design errors and incompatible component interfaces a breeze.

We are, of course, referring to Solibri – the current market leader in model quality assurance.

It may come as no surprise that Solibri is a subsidiary of the Nemetschek group, the group providing some of the latest in AEC software solutions aimed at digitizing the entire construction and engineering lifecycle, from design to operation. Solibri is conveniently positioned at the heart of the BIM validation process, making sure all models are congruent and accurate during the design phase.

With such a stellar lineage, Solibri products certainly hold their own – their capabilities, and the foreseeable issues these products mitigate, is just phenomenal. With in-depth review and analysis functionality, Solibri’s suites places a plethora of information at your fingertips, including various out-of-the-box clash detection rulesets, customization, clash highlighting and issue tracking.

Solibris BIM validation functionality

BIM validation made easy

It’s easy to see the value of such capabilities – the design phase is critical in establishing quality of outcomes during a project. Not only should we be concerned with having designs produced, but that they interface seamlessly with each other BEFORE, rather than DURING construction – projects where designers have not adequately checked the compatibility of the different trade designs have their work cut out for them during the construction process. The number of variations a project has is a clear indication (amongst many other things…) that BIM validation was not adequately performed.

Importantly, the crux of this discussion is quality assurance – the preventative process of ensuring there are tools in place to steer the project favorably. Quality control, on the other hand, is the more active inspection of the completed product on site and logically happens after quality assurance. Far to often we see quality control attempting to pick up the slack where quality assurance measures have failed.

Nobody likes working on projects where designs clash. The costs for such oversights cannot be understated – waste in the form of downtime, demolition and rework is something we see far too often.

Design in years gone by

The first analogy that comes to mind is the typical pre-digitalized architectural design process.

It looked something like this:

Architectural Sketches design process copy  


What we are looking is a reflection of the manual design checking process typical of architecture before the adoption of BIM related modelling software – it was evident then, as it is now, that we need to check the compatibility of sheets across a projects packages, elements and trades.

Now imagine the sheets could speak to you, the BIM manager?

The smallest misalignment or rule violation immediately screams out for attention. You are immediately directed to the trade, it’s clash and know exactly who should be notified of the clash. Some other interesting capabilities include quantity takeoff functionality, as well as visual walkthroughs of customizable degrees of model complexity, both making for a seriously powerful tool in the right hands.

We don’t know of a better co-pilot to the design process – let your designs land at the right place, shape and form on site. For more information on how you can integrate Solibri into your design process, visit Agile Business Technology here.