Model Integration and Management

BIM for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Curriculum


Creating a Composite Model

Is there a limit to the number of models that can be appended to a composite model?


Considering that there may be several different audiences for the composite model, each with their unique set of concerns, would it be useful to save several different NWF files of the composite model? What might an NWF file to be shared with the project owner contain, as compared to an NWF created for the MEP consultants?

Yes; although each NWF file is based on the same composite model, the actions and viewpoints saved in each NWF could be quite different. This approach respects the needs of the various audiences, all of which may have differing objectives and reasons for using the model.

Exploring a Composite Model

What techniques can you use to filter the information displayed in a scene view?

Scene views can filtered using the Hide, Require, and Override commands to emphasize the critical elements and deemphasize the model elements that provide context but are not central to the issue being illustrated. 

What might be conditions under which we would not want a viewpoint to retain the saved hide\/require and overrides, but instead to inherit all the real-time settings in the course of our view navigation?

Locking the saved hide\/require and override settings for a viewpoint can limit the flexibility available to experienced model reviewers as they navigate though a model in Navisworks Manage. Experienced reviewers may prefer to save only the camera position, so their preferred hide, require and override settings are not lost when a new viewpoint is opened. 

Can you cut a section view using a cutting plane that is not vertical?

Yes. You can use the rotate tool upon any given section plane when sectioning is enabled. The viewpoint saves section plane angles on a per-view basis so that the section planes in other viewpoints are not affected.

Defining Sets of Model Elements

Can you describe a quick method for merging two existing search sets into a joined set?

Select both search sets in the Sets dialog box, then define a new selection set which captures all of the selected items (the union of the two sets). 

Can you edit the search constraints that define a search set after it has been created?

Yes. Select the search set in the Sets dialog box, and then use the Find Items tool to modify, add, or delete search criteria as desired.