I tested out a trial copy of the Solibri Model Checker.
“Solibri Model Checker™ is out of the box software solution (Patent Pending) that analyzes Building Information Models for integrity, quality and physical safety.”
It claims to have the ability to check a BIM model for compliance with life safety and accessibility codes. The ADA/ABA Guidelines are preloaded and the rules can apprently be customized.
The trial comes with an example model and when I ran the check, it did sucessfully identify some violations. However, it will probably be a while before I can fire my staff and replace them with a CAD Monkey.
The problem is this: No matter how good the software is, if the model is crap, the report is crap, or to put it simply GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out).
What’s the point of using advanced BIM software if you are providing 2D detail?
If anyone has a not-too-complex BIM model they want me to test out, please contact me.