Mastering Autodesk Navisworks 2013


The only book on Autodesk's popular and powerful architectural project collaboration software

This Autodesk Official Training Guide is the perfect detailed reference and tutorial for the powerful Navisworks software. You'll quickly learn how to use Navisworks to design, review, and collaborate while saving time, meeting budgets, and working efficiently. Covering the entire project design workflow, this book is crammed with detailed how-to instruction; real-world examples; and ...

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The only book on Autodesk's popular and powerful architectural project collaboration software

This Autodesk Official Training Guide is the perfect detailed reference and tutorial for the powerful Navisworks software. You'll quickly learn how to use Navisworks to design, review, and collaborate while saving time, meeting budgets, and working efficiently. Covering the entire project design workflow, this book is crammed with detailed how-to instruction; real-world examples; and tips, tricks, and expertise gleaned from the expert author team.

Discover how to work with more than 60 file formats, create a single 3D model, navigate and edit it, find design problems with Clash Detection, visualize schedules, and much more in this jam-packed guide.

  • Covers all the Navisworks features in Simulate, Manage, and Freedom
  • Explains Navisworks file types and all of the 60+ other supported file types
  • Shows you how to navigate around a 3D model and enable snap shots and animation
  • Addresses using Clash Detection to test and find problems, optimizing and visualizing schedules using the TimeLiner 4D simulation tool, and more
  • Helps you create impressive visualizations and walkthroughs with lighting, effects, and textures
  • Includes coverage of advanced tools and customizing Navisworks with scripts

With an expert author team, Mastering Autodesk Navisworks 2013 is your essential guide to getting the very most out of the powerful Navisworks collaboration and design review software.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118281710
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 1,023,332
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason Dodds is an Autodesk Construction Solutions Engineer who has been actively involved in all facets of design and building processes for over 15 years and has been using Navisworks since the software's inception. Scott Johnson is an Autodesk Sr. Technical Account Manager and an early adopter of Navisworks who has over 15 years of experience in design, construction, digital prototyping, and manufacturing. Both authors consult internationally and speak regularly at Autodesk University (AU) and other industry events.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xvii

Introduction xix

Part 1 • Navisworks Basics 1

Chapter 1 • Getting to Know Autodesk Navisworks 3

Interface Organization 3

Application Menu: The Blue N 3

Quick Access Toolbar 6

Help Toolbar 6

Navisworks Options 7

Exploring the Ribbon 14

Home 14

Viewpoint 18

Review 21

Animation 23

View 24

Output 26

Item Tools 29

Status Bar, Performance Indicators, and Context Menus 30

The Bottom Line 32

Chapter 2 • Files and File Types 33

Navisworks File Types 33

Native File Formats 34

File Readers 38

File Exporters 43

File Aggregation 47

Opening Files 47

Appending Files 49

Merging Files 50

Refreshing Files 53

Deleting Files 53

Saving Files 53

Publishing Files 54

Emailing Files 56

Batch Utility 57

Object Enablers 66

Exploring the Object Enabler 66

Locating and Confi guring an Object Enabler 67

The Bottom Line 70

Chapter 3 • Moving around the Model 73

Using the Navigation Bar 73

Panning and Zooming 74

Pan Tool 75

Zoom Tools 75

Pan and Zoom in Action Together 78

Learning to Walk and Fly 78

Walk Tool 78

Fly Tool 83

Walking around the Model 84

Using the Orbit and Look Tools 88

Orbit Tools 88

Look Tools 89

Using the ViewCube and SteeringWheels 90

ViewCube 90

SteeringWheels 92

Using the ViewCube and SteeringWheels Together 93

The Bottom Line 94

Chapter 4 • Climbing the Selection Tree 95

Discovering Object Properties 95

Properties 95

Quick Properties 101

Exploring Object Properties of Multiple Elements 106

User-Defi ned Properties 108

Managing Models 109

Using Selection Sets 109

Creating Search Sets 111

Using Select Commands 119

Exploring the Quick Find 120

Adding, Removing, and Updating Items 120

Exporting and Reusing Search Sets 121

Navigating the Selection Tree 122

Standard 122

Compact 129

Properties 131

Sets 133

Exploring Selection Tree Options 133

Configuring Model Visibility 133

Controlling Object Display Using Display Overrides 136

Selection Resolution 148

File Units and Transform 150

Compare 152

The Bottom Line 154

Chapter 5 • Model Snapshots: Viewpoints, Animations, and Sections 155

Understanding Viewpoints 155

Saving Viewpoints 156

Viewpoint Folders 160

Editing and Updating Viewpoints 160

Exporting Viewpoints 165

Creating Animations 166

Using Record to Make Quick Animations 167

Creating an Animation from Viewpoints 168

Editing and Updating Animations 169

Exporting an Animation 170

Using Sections 174

Sectioning in Planes Mode 175

Sectioning in Box Mode 176

Using the Gizmo 176

Transforming Sections 177

Sectioning a Project 179

The Bottom Line 180

Part 2 • Simulation and Clash Detection 181

Chapter 6 • Documenting Your Project 183

Using the Measure Tools 183

Working with the Dimension and Area Tools 184

Translating Items 198

Marking Up with the Redline Tools 201

Using the Text Tools 202

Using the Draw Tools 203

Adding Comments and Tags 208

Saving in Viewpoints 218

The Bottom Line 220

Chapter 7 • 4D Sequencing with TimeLiner 221

Introducing TimeLiner 221

Exploring the Tasks Tab 224

Confi guring the Data Sources Tab 243

Using the Confi gure Tab 279

Using the Simulate Tab 283

4D Simulation Best Practices 300

Showing Context in the Model 301

Creating Reusable Equipment Libraries 303

Simulating Trades and Equipment Paths 304

Using Multiple Task Types for Schedule Analysis 305

Creating Focused 4D Simulations 305

Automatically Mapping the Model to the Schedule 305

The Bottom Line 307

Chapter 8 • Clash Detection309

Starting Clash Detection 309

Test Panel Explained 309

Adding to and Maintaining Test Items 311

Importing and Exporting Clash Tests 311

Working with Rules in Clash Detective 312

Creating New Rules 312

Rules Templates 313

Clashing Objects 314

Clash Object Selection 315

Geometry Type and Self Intersect 317

Run Panel 319

Understanding Clash Results 325

Clash Groups 327

Display Settings 328

Item 1 and 2 Panes 331

SwitchBack 332

Time-Based Clash Detection 333

Clash Detection Redlines, Markups, and Comments 334

Clash Reports 337

Report Contents 338

Output Settings 339

Writing a Report 341

The Bottom Line 344

Part 3 • Advanced Navisworks Tools 345

Chapter 9 • Creating Visualizations 347

Presenter Overview 347

Archive and Palette 347

Interface Options 349

Applying Materials 352

Adding Materials to the Scene 353

Removing Materials 354

Editing Materials 357

Lighting the Model 358

Lighting Types 359

Adding Lights to the Model 360

Advanced Lighting Techniques 363

Enhancing Scenes with RPC 365

Adding RPCs 366

Deleting, Moving, and Editing RPCs 366

Completing the Scene with Effects 369

Backgrounds and Foregrounds 369

Environments 370

Rendering 372

Render Styles 372

Final Rendering 374

Additional Presenter Tools 375

Texture Space 375

Rules 377

The Bottom Line 378

Chapter 10 • Animating Objects 379

Animator Overview 380

Animating with Keyframes 386

Setting Up Cameras and Viewpoints 389

Manipulating Geometry 390

Translating 391

Rotating 392

Scaling 394

Changing Color 395

Changing Transparency 396

Animating Section Planes 396

Exporting Animations 400

The Bottom Line 402

Chapter 11 • Giving Objects Life and Action with Scripter 403

Introducing Scripter 403

Creating and Managing Scripts 403

Enabling and Disabling Scripts 405

Using Events and Actions 405

Types of Events 407

Conditions 414

Actions 416

The Bottom Line 424

Chapter 12 • Collaborating outside of Navisworks 425

Exploring the NWD File 425

Using Navisworks Freedom 425

Viewing Navisworks Files on the Web 427

Automating with Command-Line Switches 428

Command-Line Batch Utility Options 432

Automating the Batch Utility with the Command Line433

Extending Navisworks to External Applications 434

Interacting with NWNavigator 434

Leveraging Vault for Data Management 437

Embedding Navisworks Files in Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations 440

Examining Other Export Options 442

Exporting to Google Earth 442

FBX 445

3D DWF/DWFx 446

Customizing with the Navisworks API 447

The Bottom Line 448

Chapter 13 • Other Useful Navisworks Tools 449

Model Data Tools 449

The Project Browser in Depth 456

Navigating the Project Browser 457

Searching among 3D and 2D Objects 458

Mastering Links 459

Creating Links 459

Editing Links 461

External Application Links 462

Other Links 462

Managing Links 464

Gearing Up for Your Next Project 469

The Bottom Line 469

Chapter 14 • Managing BIM Workflows 471

Leveraging Navisworks in BIM 471

Contractor Workfl ow with John Mack of Herrero Contractors, Inc 473

The Projects 473

Establishing Leadership 474

Creating the Vision 475

Project Staffing 477

Selecting the Software 480

Stress Testing the Models 480

Selecting the Hardware 481

The Workflow: Mapping the Current and Future Process 481

Level of Detail 482

Sharing Model Files 483

File Naming 485

The Training Plan 486

Tracking Changes 486

Reliable Promises and Weekly Work Plans 488

The Integrated Building Model 489

Model Tolerances 491

3D Spatial Coordination 493

3D Clash Detection and Clash Avoidance 493

4D Model-Based Scheduling 493

4D Model-Based Production Planning 495

Facility Maintenance 497

Contract Requirements 497

Model Data Ownership 497

Testing New Technology or Ideas 497

Contractor Workfl ow with Art Theusch, The Christman Company 497

Project Planning Kickoff 498

BIM Execution Plan 498

Quality Analysis/Quality Check of Design Models 498

Clash Detection of Design Models 499

Navisworks Timeline of the Project during Design 499

Prepping the Model for Bidding 500

3D Coordination 500

Deliverables 502

Recap 502

Civil Workflow with Roberta Oldenburg of Mortenson Construction 502

Starting with the End in Mind 503

Building the Team 504

Setting Standards 504

Creating the Model 505

The End in Mind508

The Bottom Line 508

Appendix A • The Bottom Line 509

Chapter 1: Getting to Know Autodesk Navisworks 509

Chapter 2: Files and File Types 509

Chapter 3: Moving around the Model 510

Chapter 4: Climbing the Selection Tree 511

Chapter 5: Model Snapshots: Viewpoints, Animations, and Sections 512

Chapter 6: Documenting Your Project 513

Chapter 7: 4D Sequencing with TimeLiner 513

Chapter 8: Clash Detection 514

Chapter 9: Creating Visualizations 515

Chapter 10: Animating Objects 516

Chapter 11: Giving Objects Life and Action with Scripter 517

Chapter 12: Collaborating Outside of Navisworks 517

Chapter 13: Other Useful Navisworks Tools 518

Chapter 14: Managing BIM Workfl ows 519

Appendix B • Best Practices and Supplementary Information 521

Optimizing Performance 521

2D Graphics 521

Detail 521

Graphics System 522

Transparency 523

Memory Limit 523

Merge Duplicates 523

Securing the Global Options Editor 523

Supported File Types 525

Getting Help 527

Changing the Third Person Avatar Figure 528

Selected Glossary 528

Display Terminology 529

Export Terminology 529

File Terminology 529

Selection Terminology 530

Viewpoint Terminology 531

Clash Detective Terminology 532

Modeling and Other Terminology 533

Index 535

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