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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Top 10 New Features in NavisWorks® 2010 - Beyond the Paper

Wow. Two Navisworks posts in one day. My inner contractor is so happy. I certainly hope I have lots of BIM contractors reading my blog now. (David T. ~ Thanks. Really enjoyed our talk today!)

Source: http://dwf.blogs.com/beyond_the_paper/2010/02/top-10-new-features-in-navisworks-2010.html

1. Interoperability:

Autodesk Navisworks continues its commitment to support the latest versions of design applications, including non-Autodesk products and laser scanning formats. Upgrades to the Revit exporters include support for shared coordinates, rebars, and True North.

The following is a list of updated File Readers and exporters:

  • AutoCAD® software, AutoCAD® Architecture software, AutoCAD® MEP software, AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software
  • Autodesk® Revit Architecture software, Autodesk® Revit ® Structure software, Autodesk® Revit® MEP software
  • Autodesk® Inventor® software
  • Autodesk® 3ds Max® software
  • JT Open
  • CIS/2
  • Graphisoft ArchiCAD 12
  • Faro

A full 64-bit version of Autodesk Navisworks Manage provides users with access to the increased performance and memory available from 64-bit operating systems. This provides the opportunity to handle even larger project datasets.

Autodesk Navisworks fully supports the following operating systems:

  • Windows® XP software: 32-bit versions and 64-bit versions
  • Windows Vista® software: 32-bit version and 64-bit versions

2. Clash Detective:

You can now group clash results into folders to simplify the management of related clashes. The group can be dealt with as a single issue, while retaining an audit of each individual clash. A Group Clashes Involving Item option is available to automatically create a new group for all clashes involving the selected item. Clash reports support the new clash group functionality. Using the View In Context button, the camera will automatically transition from the clash location to a chosen vantage point "outside" of the model, allowing you to orientate yourself. The camera will then transition back into the clash location. Along with making the the new Transparent Dimming display option, this allows you to visually locate the clash within the surrounding model. You can now automatically transition to the next clash result rather than jumping straight to the next clash through the View In Context feature, thereby allowing you to keep track of your updated location. A new Reviewed clash status has been added to clearly identify those clashes that require a design change or need to be discussed with relevant trades, before being able to Approve or Resolve the clash.

3. TimeLiner:

CSV files created from external applications, such as Microsoft®Excel® software, can be linked from the Navisworks TimeLiner module. Any schedules created in TimeLiner, or modifications to linked schedules can now be exported to the common CSV format. This provides the opportunity for that data to be imported into other applications. In addition, you can now copy and paste TimeLiner dates to other tasks, or to other applications such as Microsoft Excel. The same selection of objects can also be attached to multiple tasks. This allows you to simulate multiple operations that need to be preformed, when only a single geometry source exists. Take a wall, for example, this may be modeled as a single object whereas it may be constructed of an inner and outer wall, insulation, drywall, and a finishing layer. This feature allows all of these tasks to be siulated on a single piece of geometry.

4. Presenter:

The Navisworks Presenter module now supports PNG files, including transparency—also known as an Alpha channel. This allows you to create semitransparent image files and then use them to build your own materials. As the image background is transparent, you can see through the background and when rendered, the lights only cast a shadow of the visible trees, and not the transparent background.

5. Measure Tool:

Measurements are now displayed directly in the scene view, which increases efficiency as you no longer need to read your result in the Measure Tools control bar. The measure shortest distance feature allows you to take quick, accurate measurements between two objects, without requiring a vertex to snap to. In addition, shortest distance measurements can now be taken from centerlines of pipes when available and display a centerline icon. All measurement can now be easily saved for later use by converting them to redlines and saveing them as a viewpoint.

6. Sectioning:

The Section Box tool allows you to automatically add six section planes to focus on a subsection of the unified model by revealing only those objects within the box. In addition, the section box can iteratively move around the project site. The new Align to Plane option allows any object's face to be selected for the section plane to be aligned directly to that face.

7. Auto-Save:

You now have the option of automatically saving a backup of your work at regular intervals using the Auto-save tool. Should an application error occur, these backup files can be used for automatic recovery.

8. Artificial Horizon:

You can now place your model against a fixed artificial horizon so that it appears more realistic and does not float in midair. The background of the scene view is split across the horizontal plane giving the effect of a sky and the ground. The resulting artificial horizon gives you an indication of your orientation in the 3D world.

9. Site and Project Folders:

You can now configure site and project folders at install time, making deployment across an organization easier. These folders provide a shared working environment, from workspaces to Global Options.

10. Communication Center:

Communication Center allows the Autodesk Navisworks team to notify you of product related updates and announcements. This can include information on: product support, subscription announcements, articles and tips, maintenance patches, and featured technologies and content.

What did you consider the top 10 features of the 2010 release?

Thank you.

Top 10 New Features in NavisWorks® 2010 - Beyond the Paper


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