Most recently, StudioArs developed some more specific functions which can fit very well in a BIM workflow. StudioARS is an Autodesk partner, and naturally they produce products which can easily work in collaboration with Autodesk solutions. Regarding BIM, they treat Navisworks as a very useful and a mature application which has important role in BIM workflow. They can communicate with Navisworks through IFC format, but the company is willing to achieve more.
StudioArs found out that Navisworks has a quite good API. There is a library in AutoCAD which enables creation of NWC files. In addition to object geometry and additional data, it is possible, through API to create some advanced features which can be used inside the Navisworks. For example, it is possible to create Navisworks selection sets, which are the base of working inside of Navisworks.
They discovered that this API is much better in comparison to IFC files. Also, the support is on higher level. There are many developers who use that library and are willing to share some solutions.
In addition, there is a quite good API inside of Navisworks, which enables creation of specific custom add-ins. With such Navisworks add-ins, consuming tasks can be performed significantly faster.
There are three videos that show communication between a StudioArs product, Urbano and Navisworks.
1. To show communication between Urbano and Navisworks StudioArs developed a functionality for automatic creation of top and bottom trench borders. Based on those borders, it is easy to create a 3D trench with Civil 3D or Urbano DTM – Terraform. Inside of Urbano, by using additional data, defined the time plan for network construction (construction phases). Based on that data, it can be automatically created Navisworks selection sets. Real time planning can be made in Microsoft Project. Such NWC file, created in Urbano, enables very fast time analysis (4D) inside of Navisworks software.
Video 1: 4D construction simulation with Urbano, Microsoft Project and Autodesk Navisworks
2. The second video shows how to manage pipe clashes in Urbano and Navisworks. Another complex pipe network was used and shown inside of Navisworks through NWC export. In Navisworks, it is possible to perform clash test, found some clashes, corrected them with Urbano and refresh the project in Navisworks. In addition, it is possible to use add-in which quickly generates a report in which the pipes were sorted according to pipe diameters. It is also very easy to quantify the whole model due to well defined structure of NWC file exported from Urbano.
Video 2: Collaboration & clash detection with Urbano and Autodesk Navisworks
3. The third video shows Navisworks add-in for linking Navisworks elements with external files. In Navisworks, it is possible to define links to external files which can improve the object description. By using this add-in, it is possible to connect multiple Navisworks elements with any number of external files of different file types. The only condition is to have some kind of naming rule.
Video 3: Urbano add-in for Autodesk Navisworks links external files with Urbano & Autodesk Revit models