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    Navisworks toward Revit

    Good morning good people.

    I have managed to export our various systems on an individual basis and all with the same coordination point into IFC and then into Navisworks to perform clash detections.

    That's awesome and going very smoothly...but now what?

    How do I effectively fix the Revit model? I've searched this in google extensively and find very few straight answers. They usually involve the "buy my software" solution.

    So, is it a case of having the Navisworks model open in one screen, Revit model on the other and searching for the items via Select by ID?
    Is there something so obvious and easier that I'm missing it completely?

    I'd love some guidance with this as I am a complete novice when it comes to Navisworks (Navisworks Manage 2014).

    Ciao for now.

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    Once you've run your clash tests, export the report (I'm a fan of tabular html*) and circulate it (hyperlink) to your team. In the report each item should be reported (at the very least) the Element ID of each element of the (clashing) pair.

    You can then, in Revit, search by ID, get taken to the element in question (using the "Show" tool) so you can resolve it.

    I find it's usually best to strip down a 3D view to the categories/areas in (the test in) question and leave it open when running the "find" function to speed up the "Show" process.

    There are "smarter" ways using Navisworks-Revit switchback - but as you've noted, isn't a license-transportable feature to non-Navis users.


    *it's the "cleanest" visually- but also because I've a mind to one day pick up web-editing languages so I might one day customise the formatting.
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    Thank you Snowyweston,

    Always the voice of reason. I'll give that a go.
    The "team" is me. Management has no confidence in the model they receive from the team and until now the team has not been able to implement any clash fixing even though the BIM manager has sent us a report with BCFier which lists and gives rough illustrations of the clashes.
    Anyway - my problem not yours.

    Thank you for the clarification and help!

    Ciao for now.

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    You can also use switchback in navisworks, which will automatically take you to the item in the clash, assuming you have both models opened at the same time. But, I don't know if that will work through IFC. Works like a champ using NWC.
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    Twicereadsfool,

    There are very few references to this on the internet but after some sniffing I found it. Thank you!
    This is EXACTLY what I was looking for (and didn't have because it wasn't installed properly) but today I give it a try.

    Ciao for now.

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    Switchback will only be there if navis is installed AFTER revit.

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    Gabriel, I'm curious why you're exporting to IFC?
    Maybe this is because you didn't have the plug-in installed, but you should be able to export an NWC from Revit, which is more Navis-friendly.
    It is also possible to Link your Revit model in directly to Navis with no intermediate translation necessary. Not recommended, but possible.

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