In today's blog post, we will examine the three types of rules that you can create in Collaborea to further improve your BIM Coordination & Data Validation Workflows in Navisworks.
In Collaborea, you can create 3 types of rules:
1) Property Rules: You can validate the data in your model by creating a Property Rule.
2) Duplicate Rules: You can confirm whether or not there is duplicate information or geometry in your model using a Duplicate Rule.
3) Clash Rules: You can perform Clash Detection & test whether one set of object geometry clashes with another set of geometry using Clash Rules.
Property Rules are the most-used Rule Types among Collaborea users. You can utilize Property Rules to get accurate quantities of objects, equipment & assets, you can confirm if a specific piece of data is within your model, you can determine whether or not objects are classified correctly, etc.
Property Rules are going to be most helpful for people who have major FM requirements or COBiE Data deliverables with their models. You can quickly search & discover whether or not your model has the data you need, validate & confirm which objects have correct data, and easily find your assets in Revit (with the help of BLDNG360) so that you can easily & quickly input correct data back into your model.
And when you combine the power of BLDNG360, Collaborea's online cloud portal, editing & revising the data in your model has never been easier. Collaborea (while in Navisworks) finds the missing data in your model, BLDNG360 pushes it to the cloud, and makes it available in Revit, so that you can quickly & easily find the object with missing data & revise it.
Duplicate Rules are my least-used Rule Type, but they're still great for testing & confirming the validity of your model.
Use Duplicate Rules to determine whether or not a Design Intent model & a Consultant's or Subcontractor's model assets match up, or confirm that there isn't any unnecessary, duplicate information in your model.
The most effective way to utilize the Duplicate Rules may be to confirm that your MEP models have the correct amount of intended equipment - if there isn't a duplicate for a VAV, Pump or Panel, then you know that your subcontractor missed something. Duplicate Rules can help you validate that your Coordinated Geometry matches your Design Intent geometry.
Clash Rules will help improve Clash Detection in Navisworks. Clash Rules will help you quickly find all of the locations where one set of object geometry conflicts with another. Using Collaborea + Navisworks could improve Clash because it allows you to set your Clash Rules up once & then run them for each project, building, or level.
I really like using Collaborea for Clash Detection on projects where everyone is modeling in Revit because of three things:
(1) It finds the clashes and allows you to quickly review each one,
(2) With the BLDNG360 integration, you can view a real-time, itemized report in Revit to review each clash, and
(3) Collaborea creates a 3D Revit view that focuses on each clash, which allows you to quickly & easily revise & re-upload your model.