Getting Started with Autodesk Navisworks

This Autodesk Navisworks course covers most topics that are used in coordination meetings such as creating the federated model by combining models from various consultants, navigating around the model, creating walkthrough animations, adding redline markups, measuring dimensions, creating search sets and selection sets, sectioning the model, and finally performing clash tests. Software required: Autodesk Navisworks 2016.
Course info
Rating
(12)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jan 28, 2016
Duration
5h 27m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Getting Started
Creating and Saving the Federated Model
Navigating Through the Model
Viewpoints and Walkthroughs
Selecting Objects and Controlling their Visibility
Selection Sets and Search Sets
Manipulating Objects
Sectioning the Model
Redline Markups, Tags, Comments, and Measurements
Introduction to Clash Detection
Description
Course info
Rating
(12)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jan 28, 2016
Duration
5h 27m
Description

This course introduces BIM professionals to Autodesk Navisworks, the most widely used BIM Data Coordination software. The author shares his industry experience of running coordination meetings and explains how to create a federated model by combining Autodesk Revit models from Architectural, Structural, HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing consultants and then navigate around that model. You will learn how to create viewpoints and walkthrough animations in that model. You will also learn how to review the design using redline markups, measure dimensions, add search sets and selection sets, and section the model. This course also covers how to perform clash tests between various items in the consultants' models and generating clash reports to be issued to the individual consultants. The author then explains how to publish the NWD file after the coordination meeting and then how the Switchback functionality can be used to view the clashing items in Autodesk Revit for easy fixing of the issues. Software required: Autodesk Navisworks 2016.

About the author
About the author

Deepak is a qualified Mechanical Engineer with more than 18 years of experience in the industry. He is currently working as the National Technical Manager – Named Accounts, with Cadgroup Australia.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi there. Welcome to the Getting Started with Autodesk Navisworks 2016 course. My name is Deepak Maini and I'm the author of the Up and Running with Autodesk Navisworks series of books. Autodesk Navisworks is becoming an integrated part of the overall BIM strategy around the world. Its ability to work with a large of native files is making it the software of choice for running coordination meetings of BIM projects around the world. I'm really excited about teaching you Autodesk Navisworks because in addition to teaching you this program, I will also share with you my experience of running coordination meetings using this software. We will start with creating the federated model by combining the BIM data from the structural, architectural, HVAC, plumbing and electrical consultants. Then I'll explain how we get our federated models ready for coordination meetings. Once we have our federated model ready, I will explain how to navigate around the model, how we perform design reviews, add redline markups, measure distances, and also perform clash tests between various disciplines. And finally, I will explain how we publish our Autodesk Navisworks with our redline markups, reviews, and clash results and also generate clash reports to be shown to the individual consultants, because a number of consultants rely on these clash reports to review their issues and to fix them. As I said, I'm really excited about teaching you Autodesk Navisworks. I hope you have a great time learning and using this course.

Creating and Saving the Federated Model
Welcome to the second module of Getting Started with Autodesk Navisworks course. In this module we will learn how to create and save federated models. We will start with understanding what is a federated model. We will then look at a series of demonstrations to understand how the Append tool is used to create a federated model. This tool lets you append a single file or multiple files from multiple consultants at the same time. We'll then learn how to create a write-protected NWD file. This file can be password protected and you can also define expiry for this file. We will then understand Selection Tree in detail. This is a really important feature in Navisworks and is generally used to select objects. Finally, we will look at the properties window in detail. Properties window is used to view the property of the selected object.

Navigating Through the Model
Hi there. Welcome to the third module of Getting Started with Active Directory Navisworks course. In this module we are going to learn about some of the navigation tools. We're going to start with learning what are navigation tools and where to invoke those navigation tools from. We will then switch over to Autodesk Navisworks and look at a series of demonstrations where we'll look at the Steering Wheel in detail and all the tools available inside Steering Wheel. Then the Zoom and Pan tools, Orbit tools, Look At tool, and then ViewCube. Finally I'll show you my preferred ways of invoking various navigation tools. So let's go to the next clip now where we're learn what are navigation tools and where to invoke them from. See you there.

Viewpoints and Walkthroughs
Hi there. Welcome back. In this module we are going to learn how to create viewpoints and walkthrough animations. We will start with understanding what are viewpoints. We will then learn how to create and edit viewpoints. Editing viewpoints is really important because not every time you will get your viewpoint right the first time. So editing option lets you change the camera, target, and a few other things in the viewpoints that we'll learn in this module. We'll then use the walk tool from the navigation bar to walk around the model. We will also learn how to record these walkthrough animations so when you send the NWD file for someone to open, they will be able to play your recorded walk. We will then learn how to create walkthrough animations based on viewpoints. In these animations you can have better control of where the camera goes because you can control them using viewpoints. Finally, we will learn how to export these walkthrough animations as ABI files. So let's now go to the next clip where we are going to learn what viewpoints are and how to create them.

Selecting Objects and Controlling their Visibility
In this module we are going to learn about various tools that allow us to select objects from the graphics window. We are also going to learn how to control the visibility of the selected objects. We are going to start with understanding selection resolutions that control what gets selected in the graphics window so when I select the object in the graphics window, either select the layer, the entire file, the object, or the category. We will then learn about various methods of selecting objects from the graphics window. Next we are going to learn about various tools that I use that use to control the visibility of the selected objects. In Autodesk Navisworks we can hide the selected objects or we can hide all the unselected objects. We are going to learn about all those tools in this module. And finally we will learn how to save the object visibility in the viewpoints. So for example, I want to create a viewpoint called structure where I want to turn off everything except for the structure model. Similarly I want to create a viewpoint called services where everything except the services model is turned off. In the next clip we are going to understand selection resolutions. See you there.

Selection Sets and Search Sets
Welcome back. In this module we are going to learn selection sets and search sets. These are two of the most important topics of Autodesk Navisworks. As a matter of fact, in the industry we say we say if you get your search sets right in Autodesk Navisworks, that's half the job done, because at most places in Autodesk Navisworks where you have to select the objects, we are better off selecting them using search sets. So in this module we are going to talk about all these things in detail. We will start with understanding what are selection sets and search sets. We'll then learn how to create selection sets. We will also learn how we can organize these selection sets into folders. Next we'll learn how to create search sets by searching the properties of the objects. Again, these will be organized in folders and then finally we will learn how to export these search sets and then import them in new projects in Autodesk Navisworks. So I'll see you in the next clip where I'm going to explain what are selection sets and search sets.

Manipulating Objects
In this module we are going to talk about various tools that let us manipulate the selected objects. We will start with understanding the Item Tools ribbon tab. This is a contextual ribbon tab and is only displayed when you select an object. We will then understand various transform tools available on the Item Tools ribbon tab. These tools include move, rotate, and scale. Next we'll understand how to change the color and transparency of the selected objects. Generally the BIM implementation plan you are referring to will give you the information about what color the services objects need to be. So for example, what color should the duct be? What color should the hot water pipe be? What color should the plumbing pipes be, and so on. And in most cases the consultants will not uses those colors while creating these objects, so Autodesk Navisworks allows us to override these colors so we could comply with those BIM implementation plans. Next we'll look at Appearance Profiler. This tool lets me select objects based on search sets or selection sets or even lets me manually select objects and then change their appearances. The best part is, if you select the objects based on search sets and change their appearances, you can then save those settings as templates and then import in other projects. Finally, we will learn how we can dynamically display the properties of the selected objects in the graphics window. All you need to do is move the cursor over an object and Autodesk Navisworks will display the properties of those objects. You can decide what properties should be displayed in that case. So let's go to the next clip now where we'll look at the Item Tools ribbon tab. See you there.

Sectioning the Model
Welcome back. In this module we are going to learn how we can section the models in Autodesk Navisworks. We will start with understanding various methods available to section the models in Autodesk Navisworks. We'll then learn how we can section the models using a single section plane, then the multiple section planes, and in the multiple section planes we'll also learn how we can link the section planes. Next we will learn how we can section the models using section box and a really, really smart option called Fit Selection that lets us fit the size of the section box to our selection. And finally in this module we will also learn how we can save the section views as viewpoints so in one click we can go back to any of the saved section views. I'll see you in the next clip where I'm going to show you various methods available to section the models.

Redline Markups, Tags, Comments, and Measurements
Hi there. Welcome back. Design review and measurement in Autodesk Navisworks is one of the most important topics. As a matter of fact, it wouldn't be wrong to say that this is the second most widely used feature behind performing clashes. So in this module we are going to start with understanding various tools available in Autodesk Navisworks for reviewing designs? Next we'll learn about various redline markup tools such as redline text, revision clouds, ellipses, arrows, and so on. We'll then learn about adding tags. Now I personally prefer adding tags rather than redline markups in coordination meetings and the reason is that redline tags let us add balloons on the screen with comments and the best part is these comments are searchable. So when the consultants get these files back after the coordination meeting, they can search for their discipline and all the comments that are related to their discipline will show up. That way they don't have to scroll through hundreds of other unwanted comments. Next we'll learn how we can add comments to things like search sets, viewpoints, and animations. The next thing that we are going to learn is how we can search for comments and tags. Again, as I mentioned, the biggest advantage of adding tags is that it lets you add comments that are searchable, so we'll learn how we can search for those comments and finally we will look at various measurement tools available in Autodesk Navisworks such as distances, angles, areas, and so on. So let's now go to the next clip where we'll understand various tools available in Autodesk Navisworks that can be used for design review. See you there.