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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Autodesk NavisWorks

The next program to introduce you all to before the next step in our Revit Classroom Workflow is called NavisWorks. First, here is a brief summary of the program and what it does:

By combining the high-quality 3D design data created by AutoCAD® software, Revit®-based applications, and Autodesk® Inventor® software with geometry and data from other design tools, Autodesk Navisworks project review products enable a dynamic real-time, whole-project view for:
  • Effective 3D coordination analysis
  • 4D planning simulation
  • Accurate photorealistic visualization
The aggregated whole-project view can be published in both Autodesk Navisworks native NWD format and 3D DWF™ format, giving all stakeholders access to the virtual project with Autodesk Navisworks Freedom.

Did I mention that Navisworks Manage is completely free for students through the Autodesk Student Community? Well, it is. I will get more in depth about how Navisworks can create advantages for you in the Studio during the next step of the Revit Classroom Workflow. To me, Navisworks is sort of the graphical representation of BIM. It visually shows the collaboration of all parties and how they all contribute to the process. As usual, here is a bunch of links for you all to learn about Autodesk NavisWorks: