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    Red face Anyone ever import a Navisworks file into Revit?

    I need to coordinate my Revit Model with a Navisworks Mechanical layout that is being modified weekly by the contractors in the field.
    I need to be able to somehow check my layout against the Navisworks Model. Is there a way to import it into my Revit model?

    Thanks

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    No. You'll need to coordinate with the base files that are being imported into Navisworks.

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    Dan,
    I don't think your Mechanical contractor is actually changing the NW file. That's not possible to my knowledge. They are changing their own file in their own software, and exporting that to NW. Ask them if they can provide you with an export (IFC, dwg, Revit if they are on MEP, or something like that). Use that as an underlay to check your layout.
    Or, import your model into NW and use the trackback option to revert to the correct place in your Revit model when you find a discrepancy in the NW file.

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    Navisworks is the coordination tool, so GMMcDowellJr is right...you need to load your Revit model into Navisworks for coordination. Navisworks 2013 reads RVT files natively, so all you need is access to either navisworks 2013 simulate or manage. If you only have access to 2012, then you can either make a DWF from revit, or use the NWC exporter add-in for Revit to get the file to Navisworks. If you have the 2013 Building Design Suite Premium or Ultimate then you will have Navisworks Simulate or Manage.

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    OK I am being told that all I will get is the Navisworks file. I will haven't worked in Navisworks before. Thanks for the advice. I am going to try and import my model into Navisworks and then check for issues and use trackback to correct any problems.

    Thanks, you guys were very helpful!

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    I have my model converted to Navisworks but I am having trouble getting it to line up with the contractors coordinates. Is there an easy way to do this? Am I missing something? This is my first day using Navisworks so I am not familiar with it yet.

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    Try using "Project Internal" setting when exporting to NW from Revit. I have seen alignment problems when Revit files were exported using Shared Location.
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    I tried that and no luck.
    I have been researching this on other forums and came up with a solution. First I select the model that is not in the correct position in the Selection tree. Then Right click and go to Units and transform. This will give you a dialogue box that allows you to adjust the X,Y,and Z coordinates of the selected model. I just had to figure out how far it was off then change the coordinates accordingly. Worked Great!

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    This issue starts with various teams not establishing a common coordinate system or survey point to start with. As you found Navis will let you transform the files you append...but you'll have to deal with this repeatedly as a project progresses. If everyone sort of backs up and agrees on a common survey set point or benchmark you should be able to use Specify Coordinates at Point to match up the Revit model to their models. Then exporting using shared coordinates ought to work. It isn't because you aren't necessary dialed in the same way as the other trades.

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    If you are using the design suite premium (or ultimate) you can get your geometry back into revit, though it is a dirty hack...

    Export Navisworks to FBX, open in 3DS Max, export to SAT, import into Revit. In the few cases where I have had to do this (usually a hard tender with only dwf's available for security reasons) the SAT seems to retain location data, so additional revit geometry will be located correctly when exported to Navisworks..

    @Steve_Stafford
    I have had some serious issues with locating models correctly and am at my wits end. Using Revits 'Shared coordinates' doesn't necessarily work which is particularly frustrating. Even exporting each link from the master doesn't always work!!
    As an aside does anyone know how multiple shared sites work in this regard? I had my eyes opened (AGAIN) to revit and its forward thinking functionality. A revit file can have multiple site locations, in the case that you may link an identical building into a site with different locations. I haven't seen a selection dialogue into Navis, and was wondering if this is implemented somewhere?

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