TimeLiner Simulation with Autodesk Navisworks

Navisworks TimeLiner module is widely used by the BIM industry and construction professionals to simulate the building construction. This course explains in detail how to create TimeLiner simulation from scratch. Software required: Autodesk Navisworks.
Course info
Level
Advanced
Updated
Mar 10, 2017
Duration
3h 11m
Table of contents
Course Overview
Introduction to TimeLiner
Adding Automatic TimeLiner Tasks
Linking External Project Schedules to the TimeLiner Simulations
Attaching Items to the Simulation Tasks
Playing Advanced 5D Simulations
Creating Custom Configurations for Simulating Items
Assigning Animator Animations to the TimeLiner Simulations and Tasks
Description
Course info
Level
Advanced
Updated
Mar 10, 2017
Duration
3h 11m
Description

Navisworks TimeLiner module is an extremely useful module for the BIM and construction professionals to simulate the construction sequence. However, linking the schedule correctly and mapping the right set of columns is always tricky. This course, TimeLiner Simulation with Autodesk Navisworks, covers the process of creating the simulation based on your top most items, layers, and also the sets. In addition, this course covers how you can link an external schedule to the Navisworks model and import the tasks from the schedule. You will then learn how you can automatically attach items to those tasks and then play the simulation. By the end of this course, you will be able to link a construction schedule to the TimeLiner module and play 5D simulation of demolishing an existing facility and constructing a new facility. Software required: Autodesk Navisworks.

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 everyone, my name is Deepak Maini, and welcome to my course, TimeLiner Simulation with Autodesk Navisworks. I'm the author of the Up and Running with Autodesk Navisworks, and Up and Running with Autodesk Advance Steel series of books. I'm also the author of the Getting Started With Autodesk Navisworks course that you will find in your Pluralsight library. The TimeLiner module for this Navisworks is a really powerful module that lets you play five deconstruction simulation of your projects. You can create the construction tasks inside this module or import from the project scheduling programs, and then link Navisworks items to them. In this course, we are going to learn how to create TimeLiner tasks with Autodesk Navisworks, and automatically assign items to those tasks to play the construction simulation. You will then learn how to link a construction schedule from a program such as Microsoft Project, Primavera, Asta, etc. , and then import and map the tasks to simulate the construction schedule. You will then learn how to link various cost types from the schedule to specify the cost in the TimeLiner module, and make it a 5D construction simulation. Next, you will learn how to play with these planned vs actual simulations to get a visual feedback of the items that are behind schedule in the construction, and finally, you'll learn how to link Animator animations, such as crane movement rotation, and camera movement to the TimeLiner simulation. By the end of this course, you will be able to link a construction schedule to the TimeLiner module, and play 5D simulation of demolishing an existing facility, and constructing a new facility. Before beginning this course, you need to be familiar with the basics of Autodesk Navisworks, that you can learn using the Getting Started with Autodesk Navisworks course. This course is available in your Pluralsight library. I hope you will join me on this journey to learn this powerful TimeLiner module of Autodesk Navisworks, with this TimeLiner Simulation with Autodesk Navisworks course, at Pluralsight.

Adding Automatic TimeLiner Tasks
Welcome to module two of this course. This module is all about adding Automatic TimeLiner tasks. So let's take a look at the overview of what you're going to learn in this module. You will start with learning how to automatically add tasks for every topmost layer in the Selection Tree. You will then play the TimeLiner simulation based on the automatic tasks. You will also learn how to tweak some of the options for playing the simulation. You will then learn how to automatically add tasks for every topmost item in the Selection Tree, and finally, you will learn how to automatically add tasks for every selection and search set in your model.

Linking External Project Schedules to the TimeLiner Simulations
In this module, we are going to learn about linking external product schedules to Autodesk Navisworks TimeLiner simulations. We'll start with learning about various file formats that can be linked as schedules to the TimeLiner simulation. You will then learn how to link a CSV file to TimeLiner simulation. Now CSV file is one of the most commonly used format. One of the main reasons that the Navisworks users prefer a CSV file instead of a native schedule file is because for linking the CSV files, you do not need the scheduling software to be installed on the same machine as Autodesk Navisworks. You will then learn how to link a Microsoft Project file to the TimeLiner simulation. Now Microsoft Project files are natively saved in. MPP format. For you to link the MPP format schedules, you need to have Microsoft Project installed on the same machine as the Navisworks program. Alternatively, you can export MPX format file from Microsoft Project, which is an exchange format. Because it's an exchange format file, you do not need Microsoft Project to be installed on the same machine as Navisworks. Next you learn how to link Primavera projects. I do not have Primavera Project installed on my machine; therefore, I'm only going to give you the procedure of how to link that. Now when we talk about Primavera, there are two types of schedules: Primavera Project Management schedule, and also Primavera Web Services. In both these cases, I'm going to give you a procedure of how to link a Primavera Project Management schedule or Primavera Web Services schedule to Autodesk Navisworks. In the next clip, we are going to learn a bit more in detail about all these different file formats that we can link as schedules to TimeLiner simulations. See you there.

Attaching Items to the Simulation Tasks
In this module, we are going to learn how to attach items to the simulation tasks that were imported from the schedules that we linked in the previous module. Let's look at the overview of what we are going to learn in this module. We are going to start with learning how we can apply rules to automatically attach items to the TimeLiner tasks. We will then also learn how we can create custom rules to attach those items to the tasks that do not comply with the standard rules. We will also learn how we can manually insert tasks and how we can attach items to those manual tasks, and finally, we will learn how we can update the tasks and attachments by synchronizing the edited schedules. See you in the next clip, where we are going to learn how we can use the rules to automatically attach items to the TimeLiner tasks.

Playing Advanced 5D Simulations
Welcome back. In this module, we are going to learn how we can play advanced 5D simulations. Now if you remember, I mentioned in the first module, 5D simulation basically means 3-dimensional model. The fourth dimension is the time, and the 5th dimension is the cost. So we are going to include the cost information in our TimeLiner simulation in this module to make it a 5D simulation. Let's take a look at the overview of what we are going to learn in this module. We will start with importing the cost information from the linked schedule. We will then manually add cost information for the tasks that we manually added. If you remember in the previous module, we added some manual tasks for things like temporary site offices and cranes, and because the cost information for those temporary tasks were not included in the schedule, we will manually add the cost for those tasks. We will then learn how we can display the cost information in the overlay text when we are playing our TimeLiner simulation. See you in the next clip, where we are going to learn how we can import the cost information from the linked schedule.

Creating Custom Configurations for Simulating Items
Welcome to module six of this Navisworks course. In this module, we are going to learn how we can create custom configurations to display simulating items. But before we do that, let's look at the overview of what we are going to learn in this module. We'll start with first understanding what are various display configurations in the TimeLiner window. These configurations are available in the Configure tab. We will then learn how we can create custom configurations to display temporary items. In our case if you remember, we've got temporary items, such as the site offices and cranes. We are going to create custom configurations to display these site offices and cranes in our simulation. We will then create custom configurations for early and late tasks. These are used when we are playing planned vs actual simulation. So for example, the items that have missed their planned dates, we can create a custom configuration for them to be displayed in red color. Then we are going to learn how we can play various planned vs actual simulations. And lastly, we are going to learn how we can include the demolition tasks in our construction simulation. See you in the next clip, where we'll first understand various display configurations.

Assigning Animator Animations to the TimeLiner Simulations and Tasks
Welcome to module seven of the TimeLiner simulation course. This is also the last module of this course, and the good thing is I've kept the best part for the last. In this module, we are going to learn how we can assign the Animator animations to the TimeLiner simulations or to the tasks. Let's take a look at the overview of what we are going to learn in this module. We'll start with learning how we can assign an Animator camera animation to the TimeLiner simulation. Now please note that when I say TimeLiner simulation, what it means is that the Animator camera animation will play throughout the duration of our TimeLiner simulation. We will then learn how we can assign an Animator camera animation to the TimeLiner task. This is generally used when you do not run your Animator camera animation to play throughout the duration of your TimeLiner simulation, you only want that camera to be played for certain duration in your simulation. So for that, you can create a separate task and assign the duration to it, which means that the camera assigned to that task will only play for that duration that you assigned to the task. We will then learn how you can assign Object Animations to the TimeLiner tasks. This is the exciting bit. This is where we are going to learn how we can assign the crane animation to our TimeLiner tasks. And then finally, we are going to learn how we can export the TimeLiner simulations as AVI files. See you in the next clip, where we are going to learn how we can assign an Animator camera animation to the TimeLiner simulation.