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Add-In Ribbon Panel

The Model Checker automatically checks Revit models and assists with verifying compliance to BIM Requirements. The add-in is designed to quickly identify possible conflicts or areas of non-compliance in a model by running several standards checks which can be viewed or exported for analytical review.

Configuration

Process

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While the Model Checker should not supersede the rules or recommendations put forth by any authority having jurisdiction, it does provide useful guidance for BIM compliance throughout a project's development. To best utilize the add-in, you will need to follow the steps outlines below.

Configure: The Revit Model Checker may not be valid for every project or for every phase of the project. Prior to running checks the user should configure Model Checker using the 'Configure' button on the Revit Ribbon. Configuration may be skipped but the user should be aware that the default configuration with default options will be used if configuration is not completed.

Run Check: Once configuration is complete the user may proceed to checking the active model or a batch of models for compliance issues by using the 'Run Check' button on the Revit Ribbon. This button will give the user the option to check the active model or to select a series of files to run in batch. All checks specified in the configuration file will be run on the selected model(s) with the values specified for the currently active model and show the user a report containing the result.

View Last Report: Once a check has been run, the last report may be viewed using the 'View Last Report' button on the Revit ribbon. This allows the last report to be viewed quickly without requiring another check to be run; the user should be aware that this also means that the report shown may be out of date if model changes have been made since the check was run.

Configure

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To enable a Configuration for your Revit model, navigate to the Model Checker Panel located on the Add-Ins Tab and left-click the "Configure" icon. The Configuration dialog box contains a ribbon that houses all of the primary command tools.

Ribbon


Ribbon


Open: Opens an existing configuration file and sets it as the current configuration for the active Revit project.

Save: Saves the current configuration to an xml file. If the current configuration has not been saved a dialog will appear allowing the user to specify the location at which to save the mck configuration file.

Save As: Saves the current configuration to a new location. When save as is completed successfully the dialog will be set to edit the new file and this will be set as the configuration for the active Revit file.

Finish: Saves the current configuration file and closes the dialog. If the current configuration has not been saved a dialog will appear allowing the user to specify the location at which to save the mck configuration file.

General Settings: Opens the general settings dialog (shown below). The general settings dialog allows the user to change the unit setting between Imperial and Metric. This setting affects how check options based on a dimensional value (i.e. Minimum Wall Height) are displayed as well as how user entered data is interpreted.


General Settings


Summary: Opens the summary dialog which gives a summary view of the current settings in the configuration file.

Expand All: Expands all sections in the Section Configuration Tree so that all possible sections are visible.

Collapse All: Collapses all sections in the Section Configuration Tree so that only headings are visible.

Cancel: Closes the dialog. If unsaved changes have been made to the configuration the user will be given the opportunity to save or discard changes prior to closing.

Help: Opens the help file to the configuration help page.

You will be prompted to select a pre-loaded configuration template. Left-click the "Open" icon to select from all available pre-loaded templates. You can also browse to open an existing configuration file by left-clicking the "Ellipsis" icon located at the bottom of the Configuration dialog box.


Open Configuration


Configuration Tree


Once a configuration template has been selected and the General Settings have been adjusted accordingly, you can begin to customize the configuration check by enabling or disabling checks defined by the initial template selected. To enable or disable a configuration check, left-click the "Check Box" icon(s) located in the browser at the left-hand side of the Configuration dialog box. If the icon appears grayed out, it is an indication that sub-sections exist for the particular check in question and one or more checks have been enabled. You can save any customizations made to the original template by left-clicking the "Save" icon located in the Ribbon, or left-click the "Save As" icon to create a new configuration file.

Configuration


An itemized Settings Summary can be viewed by left-clicking the "Summary" icon located in the Ribbon of the Configuration dialog box. From here, you have the ability to witness any and all checks to be performed on your Revit model and determine if they are active and/or required by the check. This information can be exported to HTML or copied to the Clipboard for analytical review in an Excel database.

Settings Summary

Run Check

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Once your Revit model has been configured accordingly, left-click the "Check" icon to finish configuration and navigate once more to the Model Checker Panel located on the Add-Ins Tab. To initiate the check, left-click the "Run Check" icon. You will be presented with various processing options that will allow you to batch-select multiple Revit project files to run the customized check on. If your Revit model contains corresponding links, you will have the option to select or deselect those files to be included or excluded from the check.

Processing


After all appropriate files have been selected or deselected, left-click the "Run Reports" to continue with the processing of the model(s). The Model Checker will begin to process and analyze all selected checks, and a progress bar will provide real-time updates on which project file is currently being analyzed (if multiple have been selected), and what the current check is.

Progress


When the analytical process has been completed, a dialog box will appear providing the overall result of the check(s). This report will provide information regarding which checks have failed within your model and a description of why the particular check failed. This information can be exported to HTML or copied to the Clipboard for analytical review in an Excel database.

Report

Help

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By left-clicking the “Help” icon, you will be launched to the Help website associated with the Model Checker.

About

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By left-clicking the “About” icon, you will be presented with information regarding the Model Checker including current version, copyright, and publishers’ website.

About

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