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Using Solibri with Aconex

Use Solibri to check models for both clashes and for quality issues.

Solibri is used for Model Checking and the resulting issues are shared with the project team members through Aconex. It also checks models for qualitative issues such as:

  • Are there enough meeting rooms in the building?
  • Is every area within a building close enough to a fire escape?
  • Are the doors wide enough to allow for wheelchair accessibility?

Downloading the connector

The Solibri and Aconex integration works with Solibri Model Checker 9.9 and newer and requires the BCF Connector. To start using the integration, download the latest version of the BCF Connector from the Solibri Solution Center. If you can't see the BCF Connector in the Solibri Solution Center, contact your company-admin for the SSC. They will need to assign the rights to you first before you can download.

Connecting to Aconex

  1. Once the BCF connector is installed, you’ll be able to see it in the Solutions Center tab.
The Solibri solutions center and BCF Connector
  1. Go to File/Settings and select the BCF Connector. This opens the BCF Connector window.
Selecting File Settings.
  1. Next select the Server you want to connect to. This will be Aconex, as to Solibri Aconex is a server. If the one you want to connect to isn’t in the list, use Add Server to find the appropriate one.
Selecting and adding the server and project.

In the Add Server window, select the Server and URL, and then use Authenticate to login and authorize connection via the SSO login process through a browser.

Authenticating the server you've selected.
  1. Once this has finished, press OK to close the window and return to the BCF Connector window.
  2. Now select the Project you want to use, and then Set as Default Project if required.
  3. When you’ve finished, press OK.
  4. To start viewing your models, press Add Models in the File menu.
Selecting Add Models from the File menu.

Creating a new presentation

  1. Open the Issue Details window by selecting New Issue in the Issues list. This adds it to the Issues list and opens the Issue Details window.
Adding a new issue.
  1. Add all the details for fields such as Title, Description and Status in the Issue Details window.
Adding the issue's details in the Issue details window.
  1. When you finished, save the details by clicking on the X in the top right corner to add the new issue to the Issues list and the Issue Sorter.
Saving the new issue in the Issue Sorter.

Synchronizing a presentation

Updates made in either Solibri or Aconex are shared between each other by synchronizing them. This is a manual process - it doesn't happen automatically.

In the Communication tab, click the circular arrows to the right of the presentation title, and then select Synchronize Presentation from the menu or double click the circular arrows. This opens the Synchronize Issues with Server window.

Selecting Synchronize Presentation from the Communication menu.
  1. Here you can choose to download or upload issues or do both simultaneously.
Choosing to download or upload issues or do both simultaneously.

When you do this, you may have to convert values using Value Conversions, which opens the Value Conversions window. Here you can map Solibri issue values to the Aconex values.

Converting values using Value Conversions in the Value Conversions window.
  1. When you’ve finished click OK to start the upload/download process. You can see both processes running under the Issue Sorter.
  2. When finished, it opens the Synchronize Report showing the summary details. You can now review the changes and issues in Aconex.
The Synchronize Report showing the summary details.

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