icheck for Building – Accessibility [CBC]
icheck for Building® – Accessibility [CBC] is an intelligent solution to check Autodesk® Revit® BIM model for accessibility code compliance according to the 2019 California Building Code (CBC). The solution checks the BIM model according to Chapter 11B : Accessibility to Public Buildings, Public Accommodations, Commercial Buildings and Public Housing.
This plug-in, installed on Revit, performs the automatic verification of the conformity of the project under design. Enabling users to easily anticipate non-conformities in their mock-ups, the plug-in helps to avoid additional costs and time delays due to design non-conformities.
More than a tool, it is about integrating the business expertise and BIM know-how of Bureau Veritas to serve the collaborative working method necessary for the success of a BIM project.
To check the accessibility requirement involves understanding the building design, measuring geometrical parameters, and understanding its relationship with other design components. The plug-in has an innovative way to understand the BIM model and check the code requirements in an autonomous way. “Prepare BIM model > Detect spaces and objects > Select rules > Check compliance” are four easy steps to check your BIM design.
Preparing the BIM model for checking accessibility requirements is a critical activity. The plug-in expects default parameters, values, and tags. Many times, you or your organization might be following different practices for BIM modeling. Naming server helps you integrate those “custom-standard” practices in the plug-in. So, no need to modify your existing BIM model, just inform the plug-in about it and it behaves as if it is designed for your organization's standards.
Share compliance results
Building design is a collaborative effort and so does make it compliant with accessibility requirements. Plug-in does a deep analysis of your design; information provided in the model and generates a compliance / non-compliance result. Any non-compliant design may need collaboration between different teams. The result generated by the plug-in can be exported in BCF and CSV (Excel compatible) files which can be used to do collaborative design modifications.
Intuitive workflow and user interface
Checking rule compliance is a complicated process. Bureau Veritas has years of experience in this domain and knows what are the most critical and time-consuming steps in the process. The plug-in workflow and user interface are designed based on the actual process followed by our engineers. You will experience that nothing has changed in your compliance checking workflow, it has just become much easier.
The plug-in comes with comprehensive help documents including a user guide and model preparation guide. These help documents contain many illustrative images about preparing your BIM model and using the plug-in. The plug-in also contains various sample projects, and tutorial guides. These sample projects and step-by-step tutorials will get you started quickly with the plug-in.
Bureau Veritas group: https://group.bureauveritas.com/
Bureau Veritas North America: https://www.bvna.com/
icheck for Building help: https://us.icheckforbuilding.com/
You can use the full functionality FREE trial version of the plug-in for 3 months. Taking the trial does not need any payment information and can be activated from the plug-in in just 5 minutes. To activate the trial : “Install plugin > Create icheck for Building account > Activate trial”. icheck for Building license is issued to a specific user computer. If you wish to change the computer, you can always authenticate the other computer for license use. During the trial period, you can change the computer a maximum of 3 times.
I recently discovered the "Universal Accessibility Calculator" on the Autodesk App Store and was intrigued by its promise of efficient accessibility analysis within Revit models. Although I haven't personally used the tool yet, I wanted to share some insights based on its features and compatibility.
The Universal Accessibility Calculator appears to be a robust tool for evaluating accessibility elements like doors, ramps, and elevators within Revit models. It offers automated calculations and the ability to generate comprehensive reports, potentially saving significant time and effort during the analysis process.
One drawback worth noting is that the tool's compatibility is limited to Revit versions up to 2022. Unfortunately, as a user with Revit version 2023, I was unable to directly benefit from the tool's features. This compatibility limitation may disappoint users who have upgraded to the latest Revit version and were looking forward to leveraging the Universal Accessibility Calculator.
However, I recommend reaching out to the developer or keeping an eye out for potential updates that may address compatibility with Revit 2023. Alternatively, you can explore alternative plugins or extensions that offer similar accessibility analysis capabilities and are compatible with your current Revit version.
Please note that this review is based on available information, and I haven't personally tested the Universal Accessibility Calculator. It's always advisable to conduct thorough research and evaluate compatibility and functionality before integrating any tool into your workflow. Disclaimer: I am an independent reviewer and not affiliated with the developer of the Universal Accessibility Calculator tool.