Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Inserting Navisworks into Revit, part of BIM Tools Weekly.
- [Instructor] Yep, you heard it correctly, we can now bring Navisworks into Revit. Pretty exciting stuff, huh? The thing is there's so much incompatibility between Revit and everything else we kind of need a crutch here. Autodesk has given us that crutch. So the best example, the silly Civil folks are playing around in Civil 3D, if they are truly modeling site features in actual underground utilities we can't just bring that directly into Revit, now can we? The first thing we want to do is create an NWD of your Civil 3D site. An NWD will basically bind the Civil 3D components.
Obviously you need to be in alignment by either origin to origin or by shared coordinates. So in Navisworks I have a Site-Civil.nwc. We can see we have our piping, we have some topo. I'm going to do a Save As and I'd like to save this as an NWD. Notice that Navisworks can now save 2016 to 2018, so it's forward and backwards compatible. I'm going to click Save. Now I'm going to jump into Revit where I have my building, but no site.
First thing I'm going to do is Link Revit. I think I'll bring in my Structural model. Now I want to bring in my site. To do that I'm going to go to my Insert tab. Notice we now have Coordination Model. Notice we can link an NWD or a NWC. In our case we're going to have an NWD, so I'm going to click Coordination Model. And we have our Model Name, Status, Size, Saved Path, the Type, and how many we have. See, we can copy these around. So if we want to bring in furniture or a crane or something funny like that we can just bring it in and copy it around, it's kind of cool.
Positioning, like I said, it's either going to be Origin to Origin or By Shared Coordinates. Just so happens in my case it's Origin to Origin. Now I can click Add. I have my Site-Civil and it's an NWD file, I know that because it says Navisworks Document here. I'm going to click Open. My Path Type, I generally like to set that for Relative. Let's click Apply, now let's click OK. Materials don't come over too great, but you can see that it brings it in.
Now if we look underneath we'll see we have our Site-Civil stuff. Kind of sketching around, the foundation, going up into our building. Now with this in we have visibility graphics that we can deal with. If you type VG notice we now have Coordination Models, so go to Coordination Models. We can drill in. It basically does the same as a regular Revit link, but we can click Override for Transparency, we can bump that up a bit if we'd like.
So now you kind of know when you have a Navisworks model in there, it's transparent. What's cool is if I go to Level 1 we can see it. And if I cut a section we can see our Navisworks piping. It's not the best, it's kind of spotty looking, but at least it's there, something to coordinate. This is going up to here, we have our site.
Go to 3D view. If we select it we can also put it on phasing. It can be Phase Created New Construction, Phase Demolished, just like any other Revit entity. If we click Edit Type we can just see what our path is. I'm going to hit Cancel, going to hit Escape. It's still not the best situation, 'cause we can't select anything in the Coordination Model and look at its properties, but it's a really good start. I like this feature.
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