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Mastering Autodesk® Navisworks® 2012

Book Description

Design, communicate and collaborate with Navisworks

Mastering Autodesk Navisworks shows you how to best use the amazing Navisworks software. This collaboration tool enables the consolidation of all files connected to a construction project?including file formats such as Revit, SketchUp, ArchiCAD, and others?into one 3D model that all participants can view, share, navigate, and use for visualization and simulation. With the ability to support 60-plus file formats, Naviworks has an eager fan base seeking more information. Using step-by-step tutorials, real-world examples, and hands-on exercises, this thorough guide provides the complete guidance you need to master Navisworks.

  • Introduces you to Navisworks using a workflow approach that mirrors how it is used on real projects from start to finish

  • Explains how to import the 60+ supported file formats, navigate around the merged 3D model, document and annotate it, and coordinate schedules with TimeLiner

  • Delves into the powerful clash detection tool, which warns you if a design will not work in the real world

  • Covers advanced functions such as creating visualizations and using scripting tools

  • Features step-by-step instruction, real-world examples, and downloadable before-and-after tutorial files

Mastering Autodesk Navisworks is the ultimate reference on this exciting collaboration and design review software.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dear Reader,
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. About the Authors
  7. Contents at a Glance
  8. Contents
  9. Foreword
  10. Introduction
    1. Who Should Read This Book?
    2. What You Will Learn
    3. The Mastering Series
    4. How to Contact the Authors
  11. Part 1: Autodesk Navisworks Basics
    1. Chapter 1: Getting to Know Autodesk Navisworks
      1. Interface Organization
      2. The Ribbon Explored
      3. Status Bar, Performance Indicators, and Right-Click Menus
      4. The Bottom Line
    2. Chapter 2: Files and File Types
      1. Navisworks File Types
      2. File Aggregation
      3. Object Enablers
      4. The Bottom Line
    3. Chapter 3: Moving Around the Model
      1. Using the Navigation Bar
      2. Panning and Zooming
      3. Learning to Walk and Fly
      4. Using the Orbit and Look Tools
      5. Using ViewCube and SteeringWheel
      6. The Bottom Line
    4. Chapter 4: Climbing the Selection Tree
      1. Discovering Object Properties
      2. Managing Models
      3. Navigating the Selection Tree
      4. Exploring Selection Tree Options
      5. The Bottom Line
    5. Chapter 5: Model Snapshots: Viewpoints, Animations, and Sections
      1. Understanding Viewpoints
      2. Creating Animations
      3. Using Sections
      4. The Bottom Line
  12. Part 2: Simulation and Clash Detection
    1. Chapter 6: Documenting Your Project
      1. Using the Measure Tools
      2. Marking Up with the Redline Tools
      3. The Bottom Line
    2. Chapter 7: 4D Sequencing with TimeLiner
      1. Introducing TimeLiner
      2. 4D Simulation Best Practices
      3. The Bottom Line
    3. Chapter 8: Clash Detection
      1. Starting Clash Detection
      2. Working with Rules in Clash Detective
      3. Clashing Objects
      4. Understanding Clash Results
      5. Clash Reports
      6. The Bottom Line
  13. Part 3: Advanced Autodesk Navisworks Tools
    1. Chapter 9: Creating Visualizations with Autodesk Navisworks
      1. Presenter Overview
      2. Applying Materials
      3. Lighting the Model
      4. Enhancing Scenes with RPC
      5. Completing the Scene with Effects
      6. Rendering
      7. Additional Presenter Tools
      8. The Bottom Line
    2. Chapter 10: Animating Objects
      1. Animator Overview
      2. Manipulating Geometry
      3. Animating Section Planes
      4. Exporting Animations
      5. The Bottom Line
    3. Chapter 11: Give Objects Life and Action with Scripter
      1. Introducing Scripter
      2. Using Events and Actions
      3. The Bottom Line
    4. Chapter 12: Collaborating Outside of Autodesk Navisworks
      1. Exploring the NWD File
      2. Automating with Command-Line Switches
      3. Extending Navisworks to External Applications
      4. Examining Other Export Options
      5. Automating with the API
      6. The Bottom Line
    5. Chapter 13: Other Useful Autodesk Navisworks Tools
      1. Model Data Tools
      2. The Project Browser in Depth
      3. Mastering Links
      4. Gearing Up for Your Next Project
      5. The Bottom Line
  14. Appendix A: The Bottom Line
    1. Chapter 1: Getting to Know Autodesk Navisworks
    2. Chapter 2: Files and File Types
    3. Chapter 3: Moving Around the Model
    4. Chapter 4: Climbing the Selection Tree
    5. Chapter 5: Model Snapshots: Viewpoints, Animations, and Sections
    6. Chapter 6: Documenting Your Project
    7. Chapter 7: 4D Sequencing with TimeLiner
    8. Chapter 8: Clash Detection
    9. Chapter 9: Creating Visualizations with Autodesk Navisworks
    10. Chapter 10: Animating Objects
    11. Chapter 11: Give Objects Life and Action with Scripter
    12. Chapter 12: Collaborating Outside of Autodesk Navisworks
    13. Chapter 13: Other Useful Autodesk Navisworks Tools
  15. Appendix B: Best Practices and Supplementary Information
    1. Optimizing Performance
    2. Securing the Global Options Editor
    3. Supported File Types
    4. Getting Help
    5. Changing the Third Person Avatar Figure
    6. Selected Glossary
  16. Index