Navisworks - Great for Coordination
September 20, 2019

Navisworks - Great for Coordination

Aaron James | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Navisworks

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 Manage use to be very expensive to purchase. In the last few years, however, Autodesk has incorporated this program into the Design Suite of programs. Now, if you are going to be modeling using Autodesk products, you will have access to this program and it is well worth it.
  • Navisworks Freedom is a free program and can be installed on rest of your teams computers. This allows anyone that does not have the Design Suite to still be able view and fly through the model.
I have not found any other programs that allow you to coordinate in the same fashion as Navisworks manage.
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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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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