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Feature Set Ratings

    Human Resource Management

    6.2

    Navisworks

    62%

    SIMULIA

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Navisworks ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Employee demographic data

    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Employment history

    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Job profiles and administration

    10.0
    100%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Organizational charting

    5.0
    50%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Organization and location management

    4.0
    40%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Compliance data (COBRA, OSHA, etc.)

    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Payroll Management

    5.5

    Navisworks

    55%

    SIMULIA

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Navisworks ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Pay calculation

    8.0
    80%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support for external payroll vendors

    5.0
    50%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Off-cycle/On-Demand payment

    5.0
    50%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Benefit plan administration

    5.0
    50%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Direct deposit files

    4.0
    40%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reimbursement management

    6.0
    60%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Asset Management

    5.9

    Navisworks

    59%

    SIMULIA

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Navisworks ranks higher in 1/1 features

    Tracking of all physical assets

    5.9
    59%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reporting & Analytics

    6.4

    Navisworks

    64%

    SIMULIA

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Navisworks ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Dashboards

    4.0
    40%
    1 Rating
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Standard reports

    7.3
    73%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Custom reports

    6.8
    68%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Data exportability

    7.4
    74%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Construction Project & Field Management

    6.9

    Navisworks

    69%

    SIMULIA

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Navisworks ranks higher in 14/14 features

    Plan distribution & viewing

    7.6
    76%
    12 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Plan markups & sharing

    6.7
    67%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Issue tracking & punchlists

    7.4
    74%
    12 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Photo documentation

    5.1
    51%
    7 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Jobsite reports

    4.9
    49%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Document sharing

    7.1
    71%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    RFI tools

    6.0
    60%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Collaboration & approvals

    8.0
    80%
    12 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    As-built drawings

    7.2
    72%
    8 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile app

    8.0
    80%
    6 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Submittal design and management

    4.3
    43%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Checklists

    9.5
    95%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Specifications

    7.9
    79%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Change orders

    6.4
    64%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Estimating

    6.6

    Navisworks

    66%

    SIMULIA

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Navisworks ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Takeoff tools

    6.3
    63%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Job costing

    7.1
    71%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Cost databases

    6.4
    64%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Cost calculator

    7.1
    71%
    4 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Bid creation

    6.0
    60%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Navisworks is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.7

    Navisworks

    87%
    16 Ratings
    8.0

    SIMULIA

    80%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    Navisworks

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    SIMULIA

    90%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    7.4

    Navisworks

    74%
    18 Ratings
    7.0

    SIMULIA

    70%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Autodesk

    Navisworks is a key tool if doing any 3D model coordination with other trades. It will allow you to view your model content with others to know for certain that your design is accurate and can be assembled. Navisworks also comes with a lot of additional tools to make this process easy.
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    Dassault Systemes

    It appears to be evolving more towards large users with the 3D EXPERIENCE, while becoming less focused on small users like me, becoming more expensive and limiting the number of cores while most PC's now can easily run 8 cores. Of course it is great for non-linear and highly non-linear scenarios, and especially good at combing a huge variety of element types. I guess it is not best suited for linear analysis due to its high price, but even in this case you have to put in the balance the ability to make the best choice of finite elements and being so straightforward about actually using them.
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    Pros

    Autodesk

    • Model Viewing, the navigation tools are really easy to use for walking through the model, especially if viewpoints are set up for key locations.
    • The take-offs work really well and can be very quick and easy if the model was built right.
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    Dassault Systemes

    • Create and modify designs from within the CAE environment. Although it has very basic capabilities, it is quite capable of generating 2D and 3D parametric designs. I have even generated some "fancy" designs which ended up being a challenge for draftsmen in specialized solid modeling CAD. I also like the fact that being somewhat limited, it forces you to stick to simple and effective design.
    • Addressing structural instabilities such as snap-through or buckling. This was such a challenge when I started using Abaqus, I had to take a course on "achieving convergence". Coming from there, I can see how SIMULIA has become increasingly able to give you the numerical tools or tricks you need to achieve convergence consistently. In the past I often feared running into different convergence issues as I moved across different produce sizes, leading to changes in the analysis approach, which would make it more difficult to compare them. I just went through a 12-size family in 5 dimensional scenarios each, without a single issue after ensuring convergence with the first couple of sizes.
    • Beautiful pictures. The post-processing of results enables me to generate highly illustrative, fairly easy to understand and elegant presentations, by controlling transparency and results shown independently on different groups, which I can select by material, location, etc.
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    Cons

    Autodesk

    • A link to BIM 360 Model Coordination is a serious shortcoming. It used to be easy to link to models loaded to BIM 360 Glue for more in depth clash detection.
    • I would have liked the ability to export a simulation created in Navisworks to 3DS Max for a more immersive animation with decent material mapping and better animation tools.
    • I would like to be able to view/create BIM 306 Docs/Field issues directly in Navisworks. In the current workflow we have to use other file formats to work within BIM 360. It would be more productive to be able to navigate the model through Navisworks and to create viewpoints and issues from within Navisworks.
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    Dassault Systemes

    • Exporting sketches. For example, you can import dxf for sketches, but you can't export dxf. This is a major drawback for me, because I often communicate with customers through dwg or dxf sketches. If I can't export dxf, my sketches in CAE are "dead". I have to redo them in the dwg sketch. It is so inconvenient, I often end up making the sketches in DraftSight, so I can export them to CAE but I still have the originals in dwg format.
    • CAE doesn't remember element type assignment by sets. Sometimes when I reconfigure or modify a design, I regenerate sets and surfaces, and this in turn updates material assignments, interactions and loads almost automatically. This doesn't happen with element types, so I often end up submitting a job with the wrong element types.
    • Mesh regeneration and re-mapping in 2D within the job. I need this a lot to model axisymmetric assemblies with sharp indentation the destroys the original mesh. I had it in MSC/MARC and it worked great. Abaqus has it only for 3D. I have tried alternatives like lagrangian/eulerian and eulerian domains but it's still more complicated.
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    Pricing Details

    Navisworks

    Starting Price

    $115 Per User Per Month

    Editions & Modules

    Navisworks editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Simulate$115.001
    Manage$285.002

    Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    SIMULIA

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    SIMULIA editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Usability

      Autodesk

      No answers on this topic

      Dassault Systemes

      Extremely well organized and friendly, reflecting the latest approaches in solid modeling and adding the FEA part so seamlessly for the user. It's a joy to use. I'm aware some people would complain about the meshing capabilities and thus prefer using HYPERMESH. Fortunately not my case. I did wish I had HYPERMESH a couple of times, but for most of my projects CAE meshing is fine.
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      Support Rating

      Autodesk

      Autodesk owns Navisworks, and it seems to have a pretty good support network. A lot of the troubleshooting or support information is provided through an online database, so you most likely would not be getting any personal attention with your issues. Since there are so many users for Navisworks, there is a lot of information on the web.
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      Dassault Systemes

      I keep getting the feeling that it is drifting away from small users. I don't feel so comfortable with the SWYM community approach. I felt much better when you could just email or call HKS and you would feel like you were talking to a real expert who understood your situation. When I was reassigned to reseller in Argentina, which is like the other side of the world for me, I appreciated the cultural closeness, but I had to say goodbye to the level of support I had from HKS and learned to "support myself."
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      Alternatives Considered

      Autodesk

      Navisworks is a master tool if we want to do any 3D model coordination with any trade of a building. It allows us to view our model content with all elements to visualize and understand for certain where our design stands in terms of accuracy and how all things can be assembled on site. Navisworks also comes with a lot of additional tools to make BIM process easy.
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      Dassault Systemes

      MARC can do the job from an FEA point of view. It even appears better at a couple of things such as 2D remeshing and surviving with highly distorted meshes. So I regard it as a very competitive alternative. I prefer SIMULIA because the GUI is so much better, especially the ability to create actual parametric designs in CAE. ANSYS doesn't cut it for me. I tried it for 1 month and I would see how much I would struggle with convergence in large deformation and large displacement situations with hyperelastic materials with which I have to deal all the time. Also the GUI is not as well built an integrated as in SIMULIA.
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      Return on Investment

      Autodesk

      • It helps in coordination on BIM projects. We have had major project coordination saving millions on jobs.
      • Helps us win more projects as we can coordinate them
      • Used to use the animation tools for site logistics. Now we use game engines.
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      Dassault Systemes

      • I don't even bother doing an ROI. Without SIMULIA I would be pretty much out of business. Except for the fact that I could still have an alternative with MSC/MARC.
      • Price is becoming a more difficult hurdle for small users. It appears I have survived because there was a 50% discount on my small 6-token package. Without this special price I would have to close my business. I'm currently exploring alternatives.
      • A more flexible scheme enabling to add tokens over short periods of time or paying per use could be an interesting possibility.
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