Navisworks Reviews

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Aaron James profile photo
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.
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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.
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Score 9 out of 10
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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.
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September 26, 2019

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Plan distribution & viewing (8)
7.9
Plan markups & sharing (6)
8.5
Issue tracking & punchlists (6)
7.7
Photo documentation (4)
6.3
Jobsite reports (3)
6.7
Document sharing (7)
7.1
RFI tools (3)
6.3
Collaboration & approvals (7)
7.1
As-built drawings (4)
7.0
Mobile app (5)
6.8
Submittal design and management (3)
8.7
Takeoff tools (4)
4.5
Job costing (1)
7
Cost databases (1)
7
Cost calculator (2)
4.5
Bid creation (1)
4

About 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 Technical Details

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Mobile Application:No