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Alan Johnson

How to use the Audits tool in the iConstruct Navisworks Extension

How to use the Audits tool in the iConstruct Navisworks Extension
The Audits tool is a powerful feature in the iConstruct Navisworks Extension for quickly creating viewpoints and selection sets based on model properties and/or predetermined search criteria (search sets). You can utilize predetermined search sets within your model. Alternatively, you can take advantage of iConstruct’s auto filtering option, to identify and isolate model geometry based ...
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Alan Johnson

Using the ReConstruct tool in the iConstruct Navisworks Extension

Using the ReConstruct tool in the iConstruct Navisworks Extension
When we open/append models in Navisworks, the models sometimes contain geometry for model items that are not required. Fortunately, the iConstruct Navisworks Extension comes with a number of configurable tools and one of those is ReConstruct, a simple but powerful tool which allows us to select any item or items within the model and then re-construct them in to a new Navisworks .nwd file. We ...
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Alan Johnson

Resetting File Units for Navisworks Models

Resetting File Units for Navisworks Models
When we open or append Navisworks models each model file will have its own default scale unit associated with it, and Navisworks understands the concept of whichever scale unit the scene is presented in. This is useful when measuring items and setting tolerances for clash detection. There is a single scene unit that is set from the global options editor and it is used throughout as appropriat...
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Simon Locke

See What You Require - Navisworks Section Planes

See What You Require - Navisworks Section Planes
When working with Navisworks, quite often you will have quite a sizeable project in terms of area. In these cases, sometimes it’s difficult to take a good look at just the areas you need. Many design packages allow you to create sections and Navisworks is no exception. Much like the others they provide views of a localised area of the project. Once the section is produced a viewpoint can be create...
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Alan Johnson

Clash Detection - Re-locating Models In Navisworks

Clash Detection - Re-locating Models In Navisworks
We know that Navisworks is a very powerful tool for collaboration, combining models and clash checking amongst other things, but for the clash checking to work correctly and accurately the appended models need to be in the same location. By this I mean origin location and rotation angle. If they are not in the exact same position, we need to be able to change the origin and/or ...
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Justin Taylor

Revit to Navisworks – Constructability Parts

Revit to Navisworks – Constructability Parts
Part elements in Revit support the construction modelling process by letting you divide certain elements from the design intent model into discrete parts. The idea of dividing components into parts is for scheduling, tagging, pour sequencing, delivery planning (logistics) and installation sequencing. For example, dividing up a floor slab for the different concrete pours, or walls which will be pre...
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Alan Johnson

Overriding Colours to Identify Structural Elements in Navisworks

Overriding Colours to Identify Structural Elements in Navisworks
We know that Navisworks is a very powerful tool for collaboration, combining models and clash checking amongst other things. But when we open, a dataset in Autodesk Navisworks we could be relying on how someone else has set up their model and everything could be a very similar colour. This can make it very difficult to visually identify different elements, for example in a structural mod...
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Alan Johnson

Configuring IFC Export tool from the iConstruct ‘add in’ tool in Navisworks

Configuring IFC Export tool from the iConstruct ‘add in’ tool in Navisworks
I have previously written about how quickly and easily we can get an IFC file out of Navisworks using the iConstruct Smart IFC Export. In this paper, I will go in to more detail of how we can configure the IFC export tool so as well as exporting model geometry it includes item properties and the type of object from the Navisworks BIM model to be identified in other CAD packages. What are the benef...
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Alan Johnson

Using the IFC Export tool from the iConstruct add in for Navisworks

Using the IFC Export tool from the iConstruct add in for Navisworks
As we know, .IFC is a very useful, widely supported file format. For example, if we wanted to take a model from Navisworks in to Revit, the IFC format would be ideal. Unfortunately, Navisworks has only a small number of export options, and IFC export is not available out of the box. However, we now have a way of exporting an IFC out of Navisworks, thanks to iConstruct, the brilliant add in so...
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Alan Johnson

How to use the iConstruct Dynamic Label Tool in Navisworks

How to use the iConstruct Dynamic Label Tool in Navisworks
When using Navisworks sometimes its handy to tag or Label an item or number of items so we identify them without having to select them and check the properties. We can use the Navisworks tag tool and add comments or use the redline text tool but there is another option. iConstruct comes with a number of standard tools and one of those is Dynamic Label. This simple tool allows us to add our own cus...
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