SpecChecker puts control back in the end-user’s hands.

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  • CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USASpecChecker is Axiom’s wildly popular tool for automatically checking, reporting and correcting CAD standards. Since no two projects nor MicroStation shops are the same, SpecChecker is designed to give the end-user the maximum amount of control over ensuring adherence to CAD standards, whether the end-user is the CAD manager, a full-time standards checker or the drafter himself.

    So the question arises: When checking one or multiple MicroStation files for standards compliance, what role does the SpecChecker user have? If he is the drafter checking one file, will he want to visit each non-standard element before asking SpecChecker to automatically correct it? If he is the CAD technician tasked with authorizing a submitted batch of drawings, will he want to only create a report, expecting the contractor to correct his own mistakes? Or if he is the CAD manager spot-checking a whole group of files, will he want to ensure his technical personnel are following standards as they create the drawings? The following SpecChecker features can handle each of these questions, thus accommodating many different workflows.

    For the drafter: Using SpecChecker in interactive mode
    SpecChecker has the capability to correct non-standard elements automatically. But sometimes users want to look at the elements before they change them — especially when users check their own files. To accomplish this, the user can choose to run SpecChecker in “Interactive editing” mode.

    To run SpecChecker in “Interactive editing” mode, click on the check box on the main dialog box.

    In this mode, SpecChecker zooms in on each non-standard element. The “Interactive editing” dialog box (pictured below) informs users of 1) what is wrong with the element, 2) what SpecChecker recommends be done to correct it and 3) what button to press in order to have SpecChecker correct the violation automatically.

    Interactive editing dialog box in SpecChecker for V8

    For the standards checker: Using SpecChecker’s report
    The experienced user who wants to go through a batch of MicroStation files quickly and let SpecChecker automatically correct each violating element can turn off “Interactive editing”. SpecChecker will automatically correct elements in violation and write details (such as element type, pertinent symbology specifics, level, etc.) about each violation and its correction to its report file. The user can then view these infractions by clicking on <Display report> on SpecChecker’s main dialog box and reading the report.

    Report with the CAD standard violations that were found in a MicroStation file processed.

    For the CAD manager: Using SpecChecker in search-only mode
    The user who wants to run through the entire file or files but only wants a report and no corrections may simply turn on “Search only” which will tell SpecChecker to suppress all urges to automatically correct those files. That user can then read the report after SpecChecker is done to see what it found wrong with the file or files.

    Select “Search only” from the main dialog box to only check for CAD standard violations.

    There are other possible situations of user needs relating to checking CAD standards. There are as many related options in SpecChecker. The above represent the majority of customer workflows whose variety further demonstrates that a spec-checking tool must be inherently flexible in its handling of the user. In fact, it must not handle the user, but said tool must accommodate the user and work the way the user needs it to work, not the other way around. The user may not be able to change the CAD standard, but he should certainly be able to change the way the tool interacts with him to ensure compliance with that standard based on his personal needs at that moment in time.

    And, with SpecChecker, he can.

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