Model Checker has been featured in several articles as a clash detection solution: AIArchitect, AECCafe, and AECbytes to name a few. However, when I looked into it, it didn't seem like much of a solution. From the information on their website, I inferred that it only imports IFC files. To me, this seems like a problem; I thought that IFCs weren't fully developed for most disciplines (especially those crucial for clash detection).
So I contacted Solibri, asking:
From what I've read about your software, it only imports IFC files. Is this true?Heikki Kulusjärvi, Managing Director of Solibri, responded:
- If so, can you send me some information on IFCs; it is my understanding that they are only developed for architecture and structure. (Is that the case?)
- If not, what other file formats can be imported into Solibri?
Solibri Model Checker reads IFC files. "Only" is a word I would not use as IFC's are exported from all major BIM authoring tools like ADT, Revit Bentley Architechture, ArchiCAD, Tekla Structures and many more. There are also building services products producing IFC's.
In addition to IFC's SMC has a two-way seamless communication with ArchiCAD.
That didn't really answer my question. So we did a test. We exported 3 Revit models (an architectural, a structural and a HVAC model) to IFC format from Revit. We exported those same models to NWC format from Revit. We opened the two composite models in NavisWorks. When we click on a specific water heater in the NWC model, the properties read "Water Heater - 2". When we clicked on the same water heater in the IFC model, the properties read "Solid Mass".
The intelligence of our model wasn't exported in the IFC format. My conclusion: Solibri isn't really an effective clash detection solution.
Or does anyone know if I am mistaken about IFCs?