Join Eric Wing for an in-depth discussion in this video Taking off the entire model, part of Navisworks Essential Training.
I admit it, I'm lazy. I've always wished there was a way to just drag the entire model into the workbook and be done with it. Of course you can. Little did we know, but when we set up our workbook, we also added a Quantification category to the right-click context menu. We can use this to wholesale add our model to the take off. By selecting the project from the tree, we will simply right-click and add the model to the workbook. We will then investigate how the workbook will be broken down. To get started, let's open up our Navisworks model. Browse to where you're keeping your files.
Go to Navisworks, make sure Files of Type is Navisworks.nwd. Let's go to Navisworks Essential. On the Home tab, make sure your Quantification button is on, and your panel is down here. Let's go to the project setup. Click Remind Me Later. For catalog, let's use None and see what we get. Click Next. Let's go Imperial, click Next. Let's use all of these items, click Next. We're finished, click Finish. Now, let's hover over the selection tree. Let's right-click on the nwd model.
Let's go to our new Quantification Category. Let's take off the entire model. This might take a couple seconds. There, it's a lot easier to drag than everything individually. I'm going to expand my quantification workbook, and I'm going to scroll up to the top of my list, and I'm just going to click on Case Work. We can go to Ceiling Trims. Let's go down to Curtain Panels. Let's select System Panel. Notice that we're getting every single system panel, and we get a count underneath. So we see our system panels. We can scroll down.
We get a count, 176 of them. We can go down to each individual one and take a look at them. We've just taken off our entire model. We can look at our base boards, anything that we have. This is a great way to take off an entire project in one shot. Generally, we'd have to redo this every single time to get these items quantified the way we just did in about five seconds. I'm sure there's also a way to publish this takeoff to the rest of the world.
- Appending and merging different file types
- Walking through your model
- Working with viewpoints
- Reviewing and marking up a model
- Manipulating and finding objects
- Adding links to objects
- Sorting and grouping
- Creating clash tests
- Adding a timeline with the Timeliner
- Creating material takeoffs
- Creating custom animations and scripts for an interactive movie
Skill Level Appropriate for all
1. The Navisworks File System
2. Navigating in a Model
3. Working with Viewpoints
4. The Review Tab
5. Dealing with Objects
6. Sorting and Grouping
7. Clash Detection
8. The TimeLiner
10. Presenting, Animating, and Exporting
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