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SpecChecker and RuleManager work together to make life easy.

Clearwater, Florida, USA — The biggest barrier to getting started with automatic standards enforcement is telling SpecChecker what your standards are. With RuleManager, a tool included for free with every copy of SpecChecker, even that barrier is easily surmounted.

SpecChecker uses rules files to make sure your design files meet your standards. Rules files are text files that are a representation of your CAD standards in a form that SpecChecker can automatically enforce.

The easiest way to create a rules file of your own is to let RuleManager create one automatically from one or more existing design files. Just point RuleManager at some design files that already follow your standard. Here’s exactly how to do it:

Creating a rules file from one or more known good design files:
For this example, I’ll use a design file delivered with SpecChecker for V8. You can, of course, use your own design files. I’ll assume this is the first time you’ve run RuleManager.

Open the SpecChecker sample file “checker.dgn” in MicroStation V8. It is most likely found in “C:Program FilesAxiomV8checkersample”.

Load RuleManager from your Axiom menu in MicroStation.

When you fire up RuleManager, it automatically proposes a rules file name based on the name of your active design file, except with an extension of “.rul”.

Notice in the “Rule File:” field that RuleManager has already proposed a rules file name based upon the name of your active design file but with an extension of “.rul”. This is perfect. Leave it this way.

Notice that the “Action:” option button is already set to “Automatic design file analysis and rule generation”. This is good. Leave it this way, as this is the action we want to perform.

Notice that the “Models:” option button is already set to “Active model”. This is how we want it for this example, so leave it this way. You can process whatever models you want when you do this with your production files.

Press <Start&rt;.

RuleManager’s automatic design file analysis and rule generation is very fast. When it’s done, you’ll get a message saying that your rule file generation has been completed.

Now you can take that rules file (named “checker.rul” in this example) and use it with SpecChecker to check other design files for compliance with your standard. Remember that SpecChecker can only enforce a standard that it knows about. So the ideal scene is to create a rules file from a design file or files that contain elements reflecting each aspect of your standard. We’ve found that some customers already maintain a design file like this for their own purposes so, when they get SpecChecker and RuleManager, they already have a huge head start. If you don’t already have such a design file, we highly recommend you create one. It’s not a must, but they are quite a big help.

After its speedy process, RuleManager will notify you that your rules file has been generated.

After you create your rules file automatically, rest assured that you can always fine-tune it manually with RuleManager or any text editor.

All Axiom Maintenance Plus customers are entitled to instructor-led training on their Axiom software via the Internet. If you need help creating or fine-tuning your rules files, contact Axiom and ask about receiving Maintenance Plus training from an Axiom expert at no additional cost to you.

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