Written by Lee Mullin in All, BIM Tutorials, Blog
Jun 20 th, 2017
Navisworks has long been a place to aggregate models and data into one place for advanced design review and clash detection. One of the key ways to get value from Navisworks is ensuring as many object properties are included in the model as possible. This blog explains the process to include additional properties from Bentley AECOsim in Navisworks.
Navisworks supports Bentley AECOsim .DGN file format. Not all the AECOsim properties are available through the standard translation, by using DataTools you can link the metadata to the model.
First export the model from Bentley AECOsim as an NWC or import it into Navisworks
Bentley AECOsim Structural and Architectural model elements
Modify the Options located in the Menu Browser > Options > Model > Performance > Collapse on Convert, set to None.
Note: If you do not do this you will have multiple Element ID’s.
Bentley AECOsim Mechanical, Hydraulic and Electrical
Modify the Options located in the Menu Browser > Options > Model > Performance > Collapse on Convert > Select All Objects.
Import the property data using Datatools and ODBC drivers
In this blog about Navisworks DataTools should help you understand the feature. The following example applies it to a project where our client had multiple AECOsim models that needed to be appended into Navisworks and retain metadata.
Export model properties from Bentley AECOsim
Once exporting has completed the Excel file will be created.
To get this information into BIM 360 Glue you can save the file as an NWD and simply upload to BIM 360 Glue. You can automate the process of loading these file and saving NWD’s by using the Batch Utility to run this process overnight, then upload the file in the morning. This same process can work to get other data into Navisworks associated with a file.
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