Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Comparing two models in Navisworks

In Navisworks, two model can be compared at a time. First load the model and then append the other model using the Append tool. Next, select both the models in the Selection Tree window and choose the Compare tool from the Tools panel of the Home tab; the Compare dialog box will be displayed, refer to figure given below. Specify the options for finding the differences between two models by selecting the required check boxes in the Find Differences In area. You can configure the displayed results by selecting the required check boxes in the Results area and then choose the OK button; the results will be displayed in the Scene View.

In the Scene View the items highlighted with the red color will show the items with differences, white will represent the matching items, yellow will represent the first model containing the things not found in second model and the cyan color will represent the second  model containing the things not found in first model.

Exporting TimeLiner Simulation as an AVI file

In Timeliner, after creating and playing simulation you can export the simulation as an AVI file using Export Animation dialog box. This dialog box can be invoked by choosing the Export Animation button from the Simulate tab. In this dialog box, make sure to select the TimeLiner Simulation option from the Source drop-down list. Select the Windows AVI option from the Format drop-down list and choose the OK button. Save the file with the desired name. Now, you can use this video clip to play the simulation.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Loading Additional Materials In Navisworks

The default list of materials displayed in the Presenter window are not enough for some of the users. They can use more materials for detail rendering using Presenter. For this, go to Options Editor dialog box and then go to Tools > Presenter and choose Advanced option from the Profile drop-down list and choose the OK button.

Secret Setting Options in Navisworks

You can access some of the secret settings options by holding the SHIFT key and choose the Options button from the Application Menu. On doing so, you will see a different Options Editor dialog box. Fig 3 shows the Options Editor dialog box with different options.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

BIM 360 Field

Autodesk is revolutionizing the construction industry by changing the way work in the field is managed and executed.
Autodesk provides field management software for construction. Unlike carrying pads of paper and tubes of drawings on the jobsite, Autodesk® BIM 360 Field combines mobile technologies and BIM at the point of construction with reporting for management. Using Autodesk BIM 360 Field measurably improves the quality, safety and profitability of projects and companies.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Contour Crafting

It is a layered fabrication technology developed by Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California. Contour Crafting technology has great potential for automating the construction of whole structures as well as sub-components. It involves a 3D printing process which reduces the energy use and emissions. It is made up of robotic arms and extrusion nozzles, a computer-controlled gantry system moves the nozzle back and forth, squeezing out layers of concrete or other material to fabricate a form. The ultimate goal is to print a house in a day while drastically reducing material and energy consumption. It can construct a single house or a colony of houses, each with possibly a different design, automatically in a single run, embedded in each house all the conduits for electrical, plumbing and air-conditioning. The potential applications of this technology are far reaching including but not limited to applications in emergency, low-income, and commercial housing. Contour Crafting can help reduce the cost of commercial construction because it  promises to eliminate waste of construction materials.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

In Navisworks, different parts of a model can be viewed at a time by splitting the Scene View vertically and horizontally. The options can be accessed from the View > Scene View > Split View drop-down. Figure 2 shows the model in 4 windows.

Fig 2 Building model views in four windows

Thursday, October 10, 2013


STAAD.Pro is the most popular structural analysis and design software which is used to model and design the structures virtually. It has been developed by Bentley’s Systems. This software allows you to analyze and design wide variety of structures. You can use this software to design buildings, culverts, petrochemical plants, bridges, and so on. Among the many benefits it confers are:

·         Flexible modeling environment
·         Supports 70 international and 20 US codes
·         Easy generation of loads
·         Wide application in structural engineering
·         Perform linear, delta, dynamic, and non-linear analysis

·         Generates high quality reports

Autodesk BIM 360 Glue

Autodesk BIM 360 Glue is a cloud based data management solution which provides easy access to the project models and data anywhere.

In the release of Autodesk Navisworks 2014 a bidirectional workflow between Navisworks Manage, Simulate, and Glue has been introduced. It allows the users to manage, coordinate, and publish the project models for the team members to access and work within the cloud.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

New Book In Autodesk Navisworks----CADCIM Technologies

Schererville, IN

CADCIM Technologies®, a global leader in providing knowledge solutions to worlwide with engineering design and information technology requirements, announces its release of Autodesk Navisworks 2014 textbook

Exploring Autodesk Navisworks 2014 is a comprehensive textbook that has been written to cater to the needs of the students and the professionals who are involved in the AEC profession. In this textbook, the author has emphasized on various hands on tools for real-time navigation, reviewing models, creating 4D and 5D simulation, quantifying various elements, performing clash detection, rendering with Presenter and Autodesk Rendering graphics, creating animation, and advanced tools for selection through tutorials and exercises. Along with the main text, the chapters have been punctuated with tips and notes to make various concepts clear, thereby enabling you to create your own innovative projects.
In this textbook, the author has emphasized on various hands on tools for real-time navigation, reviewing models, creating 4D and 5D simulation, quantifying various elements, performing clash detection, rendering with Presenter and Autodesk Rendering graphics, creating animation, and advanced tools for selection through tutorials and exercises. Along with the main text, the chapters have been punctuated with tips and notes to make various concepts clear, thereby enabling you to create your own innovative projects. The highlight of this textbook is that each concept introduced in it is explained with the help of suitable examples to facilitate better understanding. The simple and lucid language used in this textbook makes it a ready reference for both the beginners and the intermediate users.

Salient Features of the Textbook
  Covers detailed description of the tools and command of Navisworks 2014

  Explain the concepts using real-world projects and examples focusing on industry experience

  Covers advanced functions such as creating visualizations with Autodesk Rendering and using Presenter tool

  Cover topics such as how to import file in different formats, navigate around the merged 3D model, manage annotations and documentation, coordinate schedules with TimeLiner, and estimate project with Quantification tool.

  Uses special exercise on creating car animation using Animator and Scripter

  Provides step-by-step explanation that guide the users through the learning process

  Effectively communicates the utility of Navisworks 2014

  Self Evaluation Test and Review Questions at the end of chapters for reviewing the concepts learned in the chapters.
Free Teaching and Learning Resources
CADCIM Technologies provides the following free teaching and learning resources with this textbook:
  Technical support by contacting techsupport at cadcimtech dot com

  Customizable PowerPoint Presentations of every chapter in the textbook (For faculty only)

  Part files of all tutorials and exercises in the textbook

  Instructors Guide with solution to all review questions and exercises (For faculty only)

To buy this book, click on the following link: Exploring Autodesk Navisworks 2014

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Enhancement in Navisworks 2014

Constraining Measurement Direction in Navisworks 2014

In Navisworks 2014, a unique feature Locking has been added using which you can constrain the direction of measurement. You can constrain the direction in x, y, and z axes and also in the parallel or perpendicular to the surface of an object. Figure 1 displays the distance measured by using the Perpendicular lock option. The various lock options are available in the Review > Measure> Lock drop-down.
Figure 1

Friday, April 12, 2013

Autodesk Vasari- Autodesk Labs

About Vasari
Autodesk® Vasari is an easy-to-use, expressive design tool for creating building concepts. Vasari goes further, with integrated analysis for energy and carbon, providing design insight where the most important design decisions are made. And, when it’s time to move the design to production, simply bring your Vasari design data into the Autodesk® Revit® platform for BIM, ensuring clear execution of design intent.
Vasari is focused on conceptual building design using both geometric and parametric modeling. It supports performance-based design via integrated energy modeling and analysis features.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Quantification in Navisworks 2014

We have been working on the new Navisworks Manage 2014 and we are loving the way that Navisworks has upgraded its version. One of the update that Navisworks has made is in Quantification.

In Navisworks Manage 2014, you can generate quantity take-off of 3d files from different sources. You can create Quantity take off of an entire building information model (BIM) and create synchronized project views that combine information from BIM tools such as Revit® and AutoCAD® software together with geometry, images, and data from other tools.

You can also perform a virtual takeoff for items with no associated model geometry or properties. Your takeoff data can then be exported to Excel for analysis and shared with other project team members in the cloud using Autodesk BIM 360® for optimized collaboration. Quantification can count and measure item quantities associated with these disciplines:

Civil (earth, road, drainage)
Architecture (doors, walls, windows)
Engineering (structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing)
The available measurements are:


Friday, March 15, 2013

Key Features of Saving Viewpoints

In Navisworks, while saving viewpoints you can save more than just saving the location of camera. For example sometimes you need to save the certain objects highlighted with different colors, save the view with some hidden objects. To customize viewpoints there are some options available in the Viewpoint Defaults page of the Options Editor dialog box. In the Viewpoint Defaults page when you select the Save Hide/Required Attributes option then you can hide the objects and these objects will be hidden while navigating between different views. This option will also save the sectioning. Similarly, in this Viewpoint Defaults page select the Override Material option to save the material override information. Using this option you can create two different scenarios by changing object colors.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Revit Switchback Feature in Navisworks

Switchback feature allows you to select an object in Revit model and this selected object will be zoomed and located in Revit. The best thing is that you don't have to create it automatically. The object you have selected in Navisworks will be shown in Revit.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Loading Revit files in Navisworks 2014

Loading Revit files in Navisworks 2014

In Navisworks 2013, revit files can be added directly and these files will be converted to NWC files directly.  While importing the revit file you can configure the file conversion parameters.

You can use either the revit 3D view or can also convert it into the Navisworks view. The properties of each revit element can be converted into Navisworks (NWC) properties. When using revit model you can use either the original room geometry or converting it into construction parts in Navisworks.
These improvements increases the productivity when working with both the applications.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pre Press Release Autodesk Navisworks 2014

Schererville, Indiana 

CADCIM Technologies and Prof. Sham Tickoo, Purdue University announces the Pre release of Autodesk Navisworks 2014   

Exploring Autodesk Navisworks 2014 textbook introduces the readers to Navisworks  2014, one of the powerful software which takes construction and design to new levels. It holds a building information modeling project together.TimeLiner feature helps in visualizing the construction sequence of a model. Clash detection tools help design and construction professionals to anticipate and avoid potential problems before construction begins, minimising expensive delays and rework. Keeping in view the varied requirement of the users, the author has covered a wide range of features such as Viewpoints, Animations, Documenting a project, TimeLiner, Animator, Scripter, Presenter, and Clash Detection are explained in a simple and lucid manner.

 Furthermore, the chapters are structured in a pedagogical sequence that makes this textbook very effective in learning the features and capabilities of the software. Each concept has been thoroughly explained through text, practical examples, tutorials, and exercises. Therefore, the textbook caters to the needs of both the beginner and advanced users of Navisworks 2014. Written with the tutorial point of view and the learn-by-doing theme, the textbook is ideally suited for learning at your convenience and your pace.

Expected Publishing Date: September 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

BIM-In Practice

Building Information Modeling in Practice 

Introduction to Building Information Modeling

Building information modeling—an innovative new approach to building design, construction,
and management introduced by Autodesk in 2002—has changed the way industry
professionals worldwide think about how technology can be applied to building design,
construction, and management.

Building information modeling supports the continuous and immediate availability of project
design scope, schedule, and cost information that is high quality, reliable, integrated, and
fully coordinated. Among the many competitive advantages it confers are:
• Increased speed of delivery (time saved) 
• Better coordination (fewer errors) 
• Decreased costs (money saved) 
• Greater productivity 
• Higher-quality work 
• New revenue and business opportunities 

For each of the three major phases in the building lifecycle—design, construction, and
management—building information modeling offers access to the following critical

• In the design phase—design, schedule, and budget information 
• In the construction phase—quality, schedule, and cost information  
• In the management phase—performance, utilization, and financial information 

The ability to keep this information up to date and accessible in an integrated digital
environment gives architects, engineers, builders, and owners a clear overall vision of their
projects, as well as the ability to make better decisions faster—raising the quality and
increasing the profitability of projects.

Although building information modeling is an approach and not a technology, it does require
suitable technology to be implemented effectively. Examples of some of these technologies,
in increasing order of effectiveness, include:

• CAD 
• Object CAD 
• Parametric Building Modeling

This paper will describe what building information modeling is, how it confers competitive
advantages, how it can be achieved using a flexible range of technologies, and how
Autodesk can help firms that want to investigate and implement this exciting new approach.