Navisworks, What a time saver!
September 27, 2019

Navisworks, What a time saver!

Roelie Oelofse | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Navisworks

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.
  • The software is very easy to use and quick to master, most users can navigate a building or model within a few short sessions, but there is enough depth to use it as a serious productive tool.
  • The software cost of Navisworks Manage is a barrier to smaller companies, and has been a limitation on some of our projects that not all members could use the full functionality. However there is still enough functionality in even the free version to assist with smooth communication between team members.
Our company only uses Autodesk software, so I could not find and alternative to Navisworks to match the functionality of Naviswork with Revit, Civil 3D and Plant 3D. The only alternative for us is to use BIM 360 Model Coordination which lacks the search and visual impact of Navisworks.
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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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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