Navisworks Reviews

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February 04, 2020
christian Maxwell | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use Navisworks in our building information modeling department, largely it is used for coordinating our mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and fire trades prior to the building being built. This allows us to prefabricate a lot of the things we do that otherwise would have to be measured and built after the structure is up. This streamlines our construction schedule and reduces costs from re-work since we have routes figured out prior to install so we don't have to worry about redoing something when things don't fit. It also is used by our self perform concrete department to plan concrete lift drawings, concrete estimates and embed layouts. This has made things significantly easier for our self perform crews and has greatly reduced the amount of mistakes that are made.
  • 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.
  • I think the biggest con to Navisworks is that it has a pretty steep learning curve, the basics are pretty straightforward but getting into the advanced features does require a bit more time dedicated to learning.
  • I would like to see bit less lag while navigating the larger files and models but overall it is not too bad.
I think Navisworks performs really well for coordination and viewing. The ability to detect and address clashes between trades before the actual construction work begins is invaluable for a successful project especially when it is larger in size. I have also seen some great benefits from having trades and management professionals be able to jump in and view a model of a coordinated room or space and be able to visualize or even measure things before the work begins or as work is in progress.
I think Autodesk in general has great support they have an extensive online library that can be searched for getting information on tasks that you wish to perform and they even have a decent amount of how-to videos that are very useful for first time program users. I think that when you do run into issues that Navisworks is really good at responding to your questions and helping you get the fix that you need.
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September 20, 2019
Aaron James | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Navisworks Manage in our BIM department at Ludvik Electric. We also use Navisworks Freedom with our construction teams in the company. Navisworks Manage allows us to group all the other trades models and create clash detection against them. It shows us exactly where our issues are and with what other trades. Navisworks Freedom gives the rest of our team the ability to fly through the 3D model and look at everything that has been currently modeled.
  • The program allows you to open, view and navigate through many different file types. This is great for working with several other companies that rarely model in the same programs.
  • Navisworks Manage will allow you to create clash reports showing you exactly where the issues are in the model that need to be addressed. This speeds up coordination time and helps with being accurate in this process.
  • Navisworks allows you to pull dimensions and create viewpoints in the model. This allows you to create markup drawings of the issues that can, in turn, be accessed by team members on the project.
  • I would like to see Autodesk add more information to the elements in the models that imports. Many of the models contain a lot of data and I have found it difficult to consistently access that data in Navisworks.
  • I would also like to see Autodesk offer more connections in the program to the Autodesk 360 online platform. It would assist in our process if we could directly connect to our models on the cloud without doing an export first.
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.
Autodesk gives several options for customer service on their products but they are a very large company it can be difficult to get prompt responses from them. Since that has been the case for me, we have additional support coverage through our 3rd party distributor. This gives us a better first response support team before we have to involve the Autodesk support team.
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October 01, 2019
Malhar Modi, LEED AP, CMIT | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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My current company uses Navisworks for ongoing construction mainly for clash detection and timeline. It is also used in pre- construction as a selling point for the company.
  • Clash Detection
  • Time line
  • Combining different design models
  • Better resolution of timeline
  • Way to find out the location in a big building when getting lost inside the model
Suitable for large size projects with lots of MEP work. Also suitable when there are more than one designers on the job. When customers want visuals for the progress, I recommend using Navisworks to impress them.
The support features solved almost all the issues. The official training videos are helpful to learn important tricks. Never had to contact Autodesk personally.
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September 27, 2019
Roelie Oelofse | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use it in teams to do service coordination and model verification.
  • Model coordination. Navisworks supports a large number of file formats.
  • Easy search tools to find model portions.
  • Very good appearance profiler to set up configurations for view properties.
  • 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.
Navisworks makes it easy for non Revit users to navigate a model, and the file is light enough to use on any hardware. If the file is saved as an NWD file there is no danger of the user "breaking" the model, and could work with confidence, and with a federated model it's possible to create very large integrated systems.
The support for Autodesk is good, but the support from the community is even better. Bein such a mature platform there is a huge amount of support and information available on the Internet in the form of tutorial, Youtube videos etc.
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September 26, 2019
William Cameron | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Arden Building Companies is Design/Build MEP/FP Firm. We use Navisworks to coordinate Designs, communicate with clients and perform Clash Detection for our Construction Projects. We use this software across all four of our companies. There is no better way to explore a building virtually than with Navisworks. It is such a powerful program that reads so many different file types. It is the ultimate collaboration tool in the AEC Industry.
  • Section buildings to explore virtually
  • Clash Detection among building elements and disciplines
  • Communication tool
  • I do not have any cons for this software
Navisworks is the ultimate collaboration tool. This is why it is such a powerful program in the Architecture, Engineering & Construction field. There is a free viewer called Freedom for clients that do not require the full version but can still explore their building. There is not a construction project that would not benefit from using this software.
Autodesk support has greatly improved over the years.
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September 20, 2019
Christian Bean | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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I work for a large mechanical contracting firm and we are awarded lots of extensive jobs that require heavy amounts of coordination. Our primary tool is Revit and we use Navisworks as a viewer for portrayal to the field and owners what the building will look like in future phases. We can easily call out all clashes through detection tests and manage screen captures through the viewpoint functionality which saves the field time and money.

I would recommend this tool for all firms that work in the BIM industry but would like to see Autodesk make some changes to the product. Unlike Revit and AutoCAD, every time Navisworks is updated it seems to remain the same with no improvements.

  • Clash detections
  • Sectioning and measuring tools
  • Saved Viewpoints folder management system
  • User Interface has remained the same for at least the last 8 releases. Something new would help users feel like Autodesk didn't forget about this software.
  • The amount of time it takes to export larger Revit files as an NWC is the biggest drawback which is no fault of Navisworks but if they figured out how to incorporate a "Live Sync" function I believe users would fall in love.
If you are pre-fabricating or simply looking to give your field dimensional drawings you should be using Navisworks as a 3D viewer to confirm there are no clashes between MEPFP trades and the Arch / Struct models. This will save loads on time and materials in the end. This tool is the main reason why our large scale pharmaceutical, educational, industrial and medical projects are so successful.
I don’t have much to say about the customer support since we never really encounter problems with the software so there is no need to reach out. I guess you could add this to a list of pros.
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September 27, 2019
Lennart Andersson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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We use it for coordination in both design and construction phase. We are using it in our department and manage the coordination process on multiple projects with large project teams. The business case is that it is accepted as standard by the industry so it is easy to get people on board.
  • Clash detection.
  • Reading multiple file formats
  • Handles massive sized models
  • File sizes are small which enables easy distribution
  • Clash reporting is very limited.
  • Tracking solutions and responsibilities almost non-existent
  • Not cloud based
  • Dated compared to contemporary software
Coordination with Subcontractors as most of them use the software and with clients that do not allow cloud hosted workflows. Massive projects with large sets of files. It is not so well suited for 4D scheduling and sequencing animations as the workflows are clunky and does not seems to be a priority for Autodesk. The quantity takeoff tools is difficult to use.
It seems like Autodesk is not really developing Navisworks anymore. The software is pretty simple so there is not needed much support in that regards.
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February 27, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Navisworks is used for MEP/BIM coordination on commercial construction processes. It is used to pull in the different 3D computer-generated models from the design team, consultants, and subcontractors to coordinate the MEP routing through the building. We have been experimenting as a company with some 4D modeling and logistics planning with Navisworks as well.
  • BIM/MEP Coordination
  • Clash Detection
  • Difficult to navigate models at times
  • Overkill of toolsets at times
Naviswork is a must-have for medium to large scale construction projects. Navisworks can be taught to most engineering and field construction employees at a level where they can be efficient with it. It is easy to take the finished product from multiple different users (companies) and merge them into one Navisworks model for review. It is easy to tweak, hide, and pull apart 3D models.
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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September 27, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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It's used across the whole organization. It's used by operations for clash detection and in some rare cases, it's used in estimating for quantification and project understanding.
  • When flying through the model, it's very smooth unlike the web-based application Assemble or the heavy application Revit.
  • Creating saved views and search sets is very easy.
  • The quantification aspect is a little "clunky" and not all that intuitive.
  • Creating search sets can be difficult and cumbersome (saving them is nice and easy). It would be nice to be able to simply search out an item using key words.
I don't work with it in operations, so I'm not too familiar with clash detection, but simple model viewing is smooth, easy and quick. I think it's great for project understanding in preconstruction. It's not all that suited for quantification, although I think Navisworks has a lot of potential in this area.
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September 26, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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For Clash Detection and model visualization, it solves for integrating multiple different stakeholders into one platform where conflicts can be identified. The Virtual Construction Department are heavy users of the software. However, many non-VDC people are using Navis to get a grasp on what a project really looks like.
  • Saved viewpoints.
  • Search sets.
  • Navigation.
  • Saved viewpoints sometimes don't work across different users with different versions (especially newest version).
  • Clash grouping is cumbersome. It gives me carpal tunnel in the wrist.
  • Sometimes viewports and clipping plans can get funky and mess up the view.
It's well suited for running coordination meetings. It's not well suited for large merged models or point cloud data.
Autodesk lost a merged model that was mistakenly deleted.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Plan distribution & viewing (8)
Plan markups & sharing (7)
Issue tracking & punchlists (8)
Photo documentation (4)
Jobsite reports (4)
Document sharing (8)
RFI tools (4)
Collaboration & approvals (8)
As-built drawings (6)
Mobile app (5)
Submittal design and management (3)
Takeoff tools (6)
Job costing (1)
Cost databases (1)
Cost calculator (2)
Bid creation (1)

What is Navisworks?

Autodesk's Navisworks is a construction project review and simulation software to improve BIM (Building Information Modeling) coordination, allowing the user to combine design and construction data into a single model, and identify and resolve clash and interference problems before construction.
Categories:  Simulation,  Construction

Navisworks Pricing

  • Does not have featureFree Trial Available?No
  • Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
  • Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
  • Entry-level set up fee?No
EditionPricing DetailsTerms
Simulate$115.00Per User Per Month
Manage$285.00Per User Per Month

Navisworks Technical Details

Deployment Types:SaaS
Operating Systems: Unspecified
Mobile Application:No