Webinar ”Integrate Navisworks with BIM 360 Model Coordination”

Autodesk recently announced a new integration of their two widely used tools – BIM 360 Model Coordination and Navisworks.

Both these tools are used by AEC professionals working on the same project to help them coordinate their work, detect and fix clashes and other issues that might appear in the project. This newest addition of Navisworks to BIM 360 tends to make that collaboration easier, faster and more controlled. Being cloud-based, with no need to download any software, it also lets contractors and clients, who are not BIM experts, to be involved in the design review stage.

BIM 360 Model Coordination is a cloud-based platform where one can store all the data related to the project. It allows BIM/VDC coordinator to make folders for different disciplines; architecture, construction, hvac etc. and assign access permissions to single users, roles or companies.

BIM 360 also incorporates cloud-based 3D viewer that makes it easier to have full understanding of the project. 3D model of each discipline is uploaded as a separate file and they are linked into one master file that contains all the data. In 3D viewer, users are able to open each of the models, and then add or remove other disciplines’ models according to what they need to review.

So far, with BIM 360, one could store all the data, check model and properties of its elements in 3D viewer, make section boxes, create and review RFIs and much more. But with this newest addition, it lets users perform clash detection, especially significant feature that could previously be done only in Navisworks as a separate software.

Navisworks is a project review software that allows AEC collaborators to combine their 3D models into one, perform clash detection, review integrated model during preconstruction and have better control over planning and the outcome of the project. Unlike BIM 360 that is cloud-based, Navisworks needs to be downloaded and licensed to work with. It also requires higher level of expertise and more powerful computers to go through complex models.

You can check out free trial version of Navisworks here:

https://www.autodesk.com/products/navisworks/free-trial?plc=NAVSIM&term=1-YEAR&support=ADVANCED&quantity=1

By integrating Navisworks with BIM 360 Model Coordination, Autodesk combined the best of the both products; powerful Navisworks workflow and cloud capabilities of BIM 360.

One of the key new features is automated clash detection. Each model that is uploaded on the cloud automatically gets analyzed for clashes, and a lot faster that in would in Navisworks itself. This leads to much easier and more controlled collaborative issue management workflow. Users can choose which phases of the project they want to check for collisions, create and assign issues and track their resolution. Furthermore, everything stored on BIM 360 is a hyperlink, which makes it possible to switch between data in the tables and 3D viewer.

Autodesk also released plugin that allows cloud hosted models from BIM 360 to be opened directly in Navisworks. This feature enables users who prefer working in Navisworks environment to create or respond to issues there and save them back to BIM 360.

It can be downloaded from Autodesk App Store:

https://apps.autodesk.com/NAVIS/en/Detail/Index?id=5155805354033590972&appLang=en&os=Win64

To sum up, here are some of the benefits of the Navisworks integration to BIM 360:

1. It is a unified platform that enables users from various disciplines to store all data in one place, save time with automated clash detection, reduce manual work and collaborate in a more efficient way.

2. Its cloud-based environment makes communication between clients, AEC professionals and contractors easier and allows for more team members to be involved in quality, coordination and issue tracking workflows, even if they are not familiar with BIM software.

3. Data management is simplified and makes VDC manager able to point to relevant folders, assign issues to the right person and track it through resolution, create to do lists, RFIs, and keep overall control of the project.

4. With all the information in one location, issue management is more controlled and time between detecting a clash or design error, understanding it, getting feedback and resolution is shortened.

Compared to the traditional workflow, where hundreds of files, sheets, drawings and models needed to be exchanged to pass the information, coordinate work and review project for constructability, integration of Navisworks with BIM 360 Model Coordination brings a powerful platform that simplifies the whole process.

If you are interested in learning deeper about this topic, you can watch the recording of the webinar here:

http://emconstruction.autodesk.com/NS00nJHp0013DNV1E050K2j

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