Determining compliance with building codes is a difficult and demanding
task that requires design expertise as well as familiarity with a complex
and extensive code document.
SMARTreview APR™ software greatly simplifies the task by integrating
it into the design process, placing code information at your fingertips,
rigorously applying rules to automatically check provisions of the code,
while documenting the subsections that are checked, and why they passed
or failed. A designer can move much more quickly to a compliant solution
with confidence that the permitting process will go smoothly.
APR encourages an interactive and iterative workflow. It can be used at
the beginning of a project to assist in decisions about site plan
design and construction type, or later stages when determining
fire-resistance requirements, designing for means of egress, or
even to determine when a project is ready to submit for the building
permit. Try out alternatives
to see what combinations pass and what combinations fail. Get answers fast
and be confident that your ultimate design is compliant and is ready for
the building permit.
APR consists of three components that work together to provide
an up-to-date and accurate plan review:
SMARTreview APR Client: an addin to Autodesk Revit®
that is installed on your computer. Using the APR Client, you can add
information pertinent to the building code to your BIM. The APR
Client reads and calculates various pieces of information from the
BIM and distills it to the information necessary to perform a
SMARTreview APR Cloud Analysis Service: an
application running on the SMARTreview Cloud that receives the
distilled BIM information from the APR Client and
applies the rules of the International Building Code® to your
design in order to produce a report. You may view the report in the
context of your BIM using the APR Client. The results from the
APR Cloud Analysis Service will assist
you in making any necessary revisions and changes so that your
design may achieve compliance.
SMARTreview Customer Web Portal: a Web site that you
can use to manage your account, review your activity, and gain
information about how to get the most from our software.
Your license enables unlimited use of these three services for the
term of your license. Conduct what-if studies to determine the
most efficient construction type and location on the site,
means of egress options,
or specific fire-resistance related requirements, unique to
your design. You will also receive free updates, assuring you that you
are applying the latest and best analysis to your project.
APR requires a reasonable BIM as a starting point. The BIM must have
property lines (optional), floors, roofs, walls, doors, windows,
stairs (optional), rooms,
Using the APR Client, you can add information to the BIM such as:
Means of Egress components such as occupant loads, exit access travel
distance, common path of travel, and exit systems
Fire-Resistance Ratings of elements such as Walls, Floors,
Roofs, Windows, and Doors
Flame Spread Classifications of Rooms, Corridors, Enclosed Spaces,
Exit Passageways, Exit Enclosures, and Roofs
The results of the APR Cloud Analysis Service are displayed within the
APR Client and also via the SMARTreview Customer Web Portal. Each
section of the IBC® that the APR Cloud Analysis Service has implemented
is listed in the result view. Selecting a section allows the results of
the analysis to be seen. Sections that have failed are shown in red text
to help you identify them more quickly.
The team at SMARTreviewTM continuously improves the software and
updates rules on the APR Cloud Analysis Service. Currently, substantial
segments of IBC® 2015 Chapter 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10 have been
implemented and are applied to your designs, allowing you to
confirm your project's compliance for means of egress, building area
calculations, mixed area ratio calculations and fire-resistance-ratings
requirements of walls, openings, and floor-ceiling assemblies.
The results can also be seen in an Architecture View, where elements that
have been analyzed by the APR are grouped into categories and their results
correlated to the element. In this example, the "Rooms" category
has been selected, allowing you to see the room objects that were
analyzed, and the IBC® sections that applied to each room.
We look forward to being responsive to your current and future project
design needs. At SMARTreview, we share your passion for design and
conscientious attention to building code compliance.
The SMARTreview APRTM provides the following benefits:
a more complete design submittal that is code compliant
extensive explanations of how the chapters and sections of the
IBC® apply to your design
enhanced building code knowledge and collaboration on your
a more timely acceptance and approval of your plans
improved building safety and performance
reduced costs associated with design, plan review, and occupancy
a more timely building commissioning and occupancy
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