BIM Track for Navisworks allows you to raise BIM Track issues from Navisworks. These issues can then be retrieved and resolved in authoring platforms like Revit for quick resolution.
This tutorial is aimed at BIM coordinators and coordination leads who want to learn how to get started with BIM Track for Navisworks.
Before you begin this tutorial, we invite you register for our Issue Coordination live training session.
What you'll need
- A BIM Track account (see Create an Account).
- Access to a hub, and a project that is ready to receive issues (see Project Setup Checklist).
- BIM Track add-in for Navisworks installed.
- Shared coordinates from Revit (see Export NWC Files from Revit).
Step 1 - Open BIM Track from Navisworks
To open BIM Track, follow these steps:
- In Navisworks, open the desired model.
- In the ribbon, click BIM Track tab > Open BIM Track.
- In the BIM Track panel, click Sign In, then from the browser tab that opens, enter your credentials and click Sign In.
- Back in Navisworks, select a hub and a project.
Keep in mind that it is possible to select the wrong project and display the issues from the inappropriate project.
Step 2 - Create issues
You can create issues using one of the following methods.
- Localize issue allows to create an issue from a specific location in your 3D models and 2D sheets (see Localize an Issue - Add-ins).
- Create issue allows to create an issue from a camera position or from a selection of elements in a 3D view (see Create an Issue - Add-ins).
- Views to Issues allows to turn saved viewpoints into issues (see Views to Issues).
- Clashes to Issues allows convert clashes to issues (see Clashes to Issues and Best Practices When Publishing Navisworks Clashes to BIM Track).
Create issue and Views to issues are considered the manual creation process. The issues created like this need to be manually closed. To update the status of multiple resolved issues, the Multi edit feature can be particularly useful.
The Clashes to issues command connects BIM Track to the Navisworks Clash Detective. Before using this command, once you've run your clash tests, group your clashes using the BIM Track clash grouping tool.
After the publication, you can synchronize your clashes back and forth, from BIM Track to Navisworks and from Navisworks to BIM Track. As a recommended workflow we suggest you try and go one way (from Navisworks to BIM Track) to reduce the risk of mistakes.
Regardless of the 3 methods mentioned above, when an issue is created, BIM Track records the location of the camera and you can either show or hide pinpoints.
Localize issue allows to create an issue from a specific location. You can also add another location by clicking on the three dots at the end of the issue name (see Manage Viewpoints).
Step 3 - Retrieve and edit issues
The in-context issue list allows for quick resolution directly in the authoring software using BIM Track’s add-ins. Here are a few things you might want to try, along with relevant documentation links:
- View in Model
- Edit an Issue
- Add Attachments
- Isolate Elements
- Manage Viewpoints
- Filter Issues
- Multi Edit
Step 4 - Define BIM Track settings
Use the BIM Track - Navisworks settings dialog to set options for the View in model feature, pinpoints and view state, and clash group publication (see Define BIM Track Settings for Navisworks).
To access the settings, proceed as follows:
- In the Navisworks ribbon, click BIM Track tab > Settings.
- In the Navigation tab, enable the following options:
- Show / Hide saved elements - If you have hidden objects while creating an issue, BIM Track will hide those issues when you are retrieving it.
- Force section box around related elements - This will automatically place a section box around the extents of your selected element(s).
- In the Display tab, enable the Save view state with viewpoint option to determine whether hidden elements and section boxes / clipping planes are kept when creating or updating a viewpoint.
- When you are finished, click on Save.
Congratulations! You now know how to pull issues out of the Navisworks environment and send them directly to BIM Track.
- Watch our webinar Issue tracking directly in Navisworks & Revit.
- Read our blog post From confusion to collaboration: My journey through the evolution of BIM coordination.