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Mastering Autodesk Navisworks 2013

Book Description

The only book on Autodesk's popular and powerful architectural project collaboration software

This Autodesk Official Training Guide is the perfect detailed reference and tutorial for the powerful Navisworks software. You'll quickly learn how to use Navisworks to design, review, and collaborate while saving time, meeting budgets, and working efficiently. Covering the entire project design workflow, this book is crammed with detailed how-to instruction; real-world examples; and tips, tricks, and expertise gleaned from the expert author team.

Discover how to work with more than 60 file formats, create a single 3D model, navigate and edit it, find design problems with Clash Detection, visualize schedules, and much more in this jam-packed guide.

  • Covers all the Navisworks features in Simulate, Manage, and Freedom

  • Explains Navisworks file types and all of the 60+ other supported file types

  • Shows you how to navigate around a 3D model and enable snap shots and animation

  • Addresses using Clash Detection to test and find problems, optimizing and visualizing schedules using the TimeLiner 4D simulation tool, and more

  • Helps you create impressive visualizations and walkthroughs with lighting, effects, and textures

  • Includes coverage of advanced tools and customizing Navisworks with scripts

With an expert author team, Mastering Autodesk Navisworks 2013 is your essential guide to getting the very most out of the powerful Navisworks collaboration and design review software.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Publisher's Note
  5. Dedication
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. About the Authors
  8. Foreword
  9. Introduction
    1. Who Should Read this Book?
    2. What You Will Learn
    3. The Mastering Series
    4. How to Contact the Authors
  10. Part 1: Navisworks Basics
    1. Chapter 1: Getting to Know Autodesk Navisworks
      1. Interface Organization
      2. Exploring the Ribbon
      3. Status Bar, Performance Indicators, and Context 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 the ViewCube and SteeringWheels
      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
  11. 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
  12. Part 3: Advanced Navisworks Tools
    1. Chapter 9: Creating Visualizations
      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: Giving Objects Life and Action with Scripter
      1. Introducing Scripter
      2. Using Events and Actions
      3. The Bottom Line
    4. Chapter 12: Collaborating outside of Navisworks
      1. Exploring the NWD File
      2. Automating with Command-Line Switches
      3. Extending Navisworks to External Applications
      4. Examining Other Export Options
      5. Customizing with the Navisworks API
      6. The Bottom Line
    5. Chapter 13: Other Useful 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
    6. Chapter 14: Managing BIM Workflows
      1. Leveraging Navisworks in BIM
      2. Contractor Workflow with John Mack of Herrero Contractors, Inc.
      3. Contractor Workflow with Art Theusch, The Christman Company
      4. Civil Workflow with Roberta Oldenburg of Mortenson Construction
      5. The Bottom Line
  13. 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
    10. Chapter 10: Animating Objects
    11. Chapter 11: Giving Objects Life and Action with Scripter
    12. Chapter 12: Collaborating Outside of Navisworks
    13. Chapter 13: Other Useful Navisworks Tools
    14. Chapter 14: Managing BIM Workflows
  14. 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
  15. Index