The Solibri interface is quick and easy to use, and opening and adding files in a Solibri project is straightforward. In this video, Shaun Bryant shows you how this all works.
- [Instructor] In the previous video, I got you to use the compact layout setting in Solibri Office, and we needed to restart Solibri to get those changes to appear. So, you'll notice, visually, Solibri Office looks a bit more compact on the screen. You'll notice that the bar up here with our layouts, File, Model, Checking, et cetera, is narrower. Can you see that? It's narrower, and it's kind of compacted up towards the top of the screen. It's the same with the view panel here with Open Model, Recent, Settings, et cetera. It's all been narrowed a little bit. You'll also notice the title bars of the views, saying Recent Models and Recent Model Places, are a little bit narrower, and it just gives you that little bit more screen real estate to allow you to work on different resolutions on different size screens. So, let's get into the Solibri interface a little bit now. And what we've got here over on the left is, obviously, Open Model. We need to open a model for Solibri to function. We can Add Models, Update Models, Save, and Save As, and we can close a model here without closing the Solibri application. Also, we've got Recent, which is the screen we're in at the moment. So, if ever you get a bit stuck, and you're not sure where you are, just click on Recent here, and it will take you to this screen that you're looking at at the moment. We can set up our roles, there's the Solution Center, there's Settings in Solibri, and the help screens. We can also edit the Ruleset Manager, which is not something we're going to go into in this particular course because rules are more an admin type setting, and we're learning Solibri at the moment. And last but not least, we've got Exit, which will exit the Solibri application and prompt you to close down any models you may have open. So, that's kind of our, what I call, general panel over there on the left. That's our view on the left that allows us to operate Solibri. Then, we've got to think about these layouts at the top of the screen. We've got Model, we've got Checking, we've got Communication, and we've got Information Takeoff. Now, there's nothing in any of those right now because we haven't got a model open. So, if I go back to File, we're going to select a model now. I'm going to use the sample Solibri Building.ifc model there. So, it's an Industry Foundation Class model, IFC file, and I'm just going to double-click like so, and that'll open up quite happily on the screen. Now, depending on your settings in Solibri, you might get a little prompt come up here, top right, asking you, do you want to set up some views? It's what they call a tips setting, and it gives you little tips when you go into new features in Solibri. So, you might get a little prompt there. You can just close it by clicking on the little cross, and there's also a do not show again option as well. What I'm going to do here though in my model is just make sure that my disciplines are set. So, I've got Solibri Building, Architectural. I can add other categories if I want to. I'm not going to. I'm just going to OK that. So, that's done. So, now, we're in the Solibri Building IFC model in Solibri Office, and it tells us that in the title bar at the top here. Look, there you go, Solibri Building. So, we've got our 3D view here, we've got our Model Tree view, and we've got our Info view. Now, it may be that you want to add other views to the layout and change the interface. Very easy to do. We go back up here to views, where our tips were telling us where to go when we opened it up. Now, obviously, my tips doesn't come up 'cause I've got it switched off, but if you're running a new version of Solibri, you'll get all these little tips popping up here and there. Now, what we've got at the moment is 3D is grayed out. There's our 3D there. There's our 3D view. Info is grayed out because there's our Info view there. And Model Tree, there's our view there like so. Now, all of these can be docked to move around to change your layout. So, what we might want to do here is bring in a Selection Basket, which is in the list there. So, I click on Selection Basket, there it is there like so. Now, I don't really want it sitting right there 'cause it's right in the way of my 3D model. So, can you see this little graded bit here? When you hover over it, a little crosshair appears. And we can dock that anywhere we want. So, I'm going to dock that underneath the Model Tree like so. So, now, I've got Model Tree, Selection Basket, Info, like so. And if I go back to Views like so, you can see that Selection Basket is now grayed out. So, what I'll do is I'll drop in one more, which is my Information Takeoff here like so. Click on that one, and there it is there. And, again, little graded panel, I can move that around, I can dock it down here like so. And then, it's a little bit big, so I'll just hover over it. Can you see there? Hover over the edge of it, drag it down a little bit, and make it a bit narrower like so, so that my 3D view isn't too small in this particular layout. It's very, very quick and easy to set up a layout like that, and I'm just changing the settings here in the Model layout. But what about if I create a new layout? How do I do that? How do I create a new layout? Well, there's a little plus sign just up here. Click there, and it'll prompt you now for a new layout. So, I'm going to call this Shaun's Layout. Not very professional sounding, I hasten to add, but there we go, Shaun's Layout. So, I'll click on OK now, and it takes us to a totally blank layout. Now, one of the things that you'll always use is 3D. So, let's go to Views, and we'll select 3D. There's our 3D view of the model we have open. Notice, Solibri Building up there is still open. We're creating a different layout for that model. Then, what I can start thinking about is adding things that I need. So, I go to Views, and I'm going to need, let's say, the Model Tree. Let's drop that in there. There's the Model Tree. It's in the middle on top of my 3D view, so I want to dock that up here like so. So, I'll dock that there, I'll hover over the edge, bring it in a bit, there we go, like that. So, the 3D view isn't kind of overridden by views. Then, we might go down to Selection Basket like we had previously. And, again, just drag it, bring it in like so. I might pop it in there like that. There we go, Selection Basket is in there underneath the Model Tree. And then, last but not least, I'll go with the Info again. And you'll notice I'm replicating something here that might look slightly familiar, which is actually the Model layout that we did earlier. And then, what I'll do here is I'll come in here and go Information Takeoff, and, again, drag, bring it down here like so, and dock it like so. And then, I'll just resize that a little bit by clicking and dragging with the double arrow. There we go. And there's our 3D view, we've got Information Takeoff, Info, Selection Basket, and Model Tree all set up as views in our new Shaun's Layout. Now, I've shown you how to add everything. What about if you want to remove something or undock something? Very, very easy to do. If I come down here, there's a little square at the end. Can you see that? If I click on that, it gives me the option to maximize it, or undock it, or close it. So, if I undock it, it's back there where it was originally. Click again, and I can maximize or dock it, or I can click on the cross to close it. Now, Info, I can just click there and close that, and it'll disappear. Notice Model Tree and Selection Basket expand to fill up the space. And more importantly, if I don't want this layout anymore, I can just right-click there, and I can remove that layout as well. So, that'll go, I'll OK it, thank you very much, job done. I'm now back to Recent, and what I can do now is go back to Model here, and you'll notice there that I've gone back into the model, and I've got the views all set up in the Model layout like I had before. Now, you may notice, when you start a new project in Solibri Office, you need to choose a role. Now, it'll prompt you for this, and you've got Architectural Checking, BIM Coordination, and so on. And you can save that as your default role for a particular project or model, so just be aware of that. I'm going to select Architectural Checking in this case and click on Next. And, as you can see, there's the Information Takeoff Definitions I can apply. Click on OK, and that information now gives me tasks to do, and the Information Takeoff now becomes current. You can see there that I can add things. So, I've now got some tasks to do, and it pops up a little post-it note in the interface for me. Now, it does all of that pretty much automatically. Once you've opened a model in that Model layout, you've got your views set up in the interface, you're now ready to go, to start looking at your IFC model in Solibri Office.
- Opening files
- Starting a new project
- Using the dimensioning and markup tools
- Model checking
- Reporting and communication
- Information takeoff