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Autodesk Navisworks Essentials

Course Description

Course Length = 3 days

AIA CES Credits = 21
CPC PDH Credits = 21

This course is designed for new users of Navisworks Simulate and Navisworks Manage.

The Autodesk® Navisworks® Essentials training course instructs students in best approaches to combine 3D geometry from cross disciplines into one scene to enable effective model reviews. Through a hands-on, practice-intensive curriculum, students acquire the knowledge needed to review and markup the model, use TimeLiner, Animator, Scripter, and Presenter, as well as the Clash Detective tools within Autodesk Navisworks.

Using the functionality of the Autodesk® Navisworks® Simulate, and Manage features, students learn how to open, review, quantify, and run object-interference checks on 3D models. Students also learn how to link to task-scheduling files and create 4D construction simulations. Using the Animator and Scripter tools, students create interactive animations. In addition, students learn how the Autodesk Rendering tools can help them create photorealistic images and animations.

Training Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the main features and functionality of the Autodesk Navisworks software.
  • Open and append 3D files of different formats and save in the Autodesk Navisworks format.
  • Create links to object properties files and scheduling files in external databases.
  • Perform visual project model reviews using the built-in review and reporting tools.
  • Create construction simulations of a project model to check the validity of construction schedules.
  • Use Animator and Scripter to create interactive animations for presentations and demonstrations.
  • Obtain 2D and 3D takeoff data from source models to create material estimates, measure areas, and count components.
  • Perform interference detection tests between 3D files of different disciplines to check integrity of the design.
  • Add true-to-life materials, lighting and Environments to project models, to create photorealistic output.

Course Outline

  • Getting  Started
    • Workspace Overview
    • Opening & Appending Files in Navisworks
    • Publishing, Merging, Refreshing and Emailing Files
    • Selection Treet and Selecting Objects
  • 3D  Model Review
    • Hiding Objects & Overriding Materials
    • Object Properties
    • Measuring & Moving Objects
    • Selection & Search Sets
    • Viewpoints
    • Comments, Redlining and Tags
    • Animations
    • Sectioning
    • Links
    • Comparing Models
    • Navisworks Real-Time Rendering
    • Switchback
  •  TimeLiner
    • Overview
    • Creating Tasks
    • Gantt View
    • Import Tasks from External Project File
    • Configuring & Defining a Simulation
    • Simulation Export
  • Animator
    • Overview
    • Creating a Basic Animation
    • Cameras & Camera Viewpoints
    • Manipulate Geometry Objects in an Animation Set
    • Section Plane Sets
    • Controlling Animation Scene Playback
  •  Scripter
    • Overview
    • Creating & Managing Scripts
    • Creating & Configuring Events
    • Creating & Configuring Actions
  •  Quantification
    • Overview
    • Setting Up a Quantification Project
    • Item and Resource Management
    • 3D Model and Virtual Takeoff
    • Managing Takeoff Data
    • 2D Takeoffs
    • Analyzing Changes
    • Exporting Takeoff Data
  • Clash Detective
    • Overview
    • Clash Results
    • Clash Test Reporting
    • Working with Clash Tests
    • Audit Checks
    • Exporting & Importing Clash Tests
    • Custom Clash Tests
    • Laser Scan Data Clashing
    • Methods for Testing and Resolving Clashes
    • Time-Based Clashing
  • Autodesk Rendering
    • Overview
    • Materials
    • Lighting
    • Exposure Control
    • Ground Planes
    • Photorealistic Rendering

Course Cost

This 3-day course is $1045 per person.


No previous CAD experience is necessary. However, before taking  this course, students should have a working knowledge of the following:

  • 3D design and task-scheduling software
  • Microsoft® Windows

Course Dates

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Note: The suggested course duration is a guideline. Course topics and duration may be modified by the instructor based upon the knowledge and skill level of the course participants.

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