BIG Data from Navisworks 2016

Navisworks allows us to get together models from different software into a  single federated model making an easy access to the project’s information. As we know this information is not only geometrical but also metadata from parameters associated to different elements.

 

Nowadays there are different options that allows us to relate information from a data base with elements in Navisworks out-of-the-box. [1] But those need an SQL infrastructure and only to input the information.

From the basis that Navisworks – as Revit – is a data base, we thought how to access the information to perform live checks on models. It takes us to develop a tool that allows to extract parameters values as json & csv files.

Managing this information allows us to generate reports, schedules, graphs and dashboards to check the health of the models (worksets per elements/category, reference levels, even areas and volumes). It also let us to export a report for a batch of model inside a single NWF/NWD.

Imagine a scenario where you have a 6 Revit models project and need to perform a daily check of the worksets on the elements, systems connections and host levels. You could create an NWF file containing all your models and extract a single report per day.

Managing this information allows us to generate reports, schedules, graphs and dashboards to check the health of the models

Is possible to import the information into Excel, Tableau, SQL and NoSQL DBs such as MongoDB and CouchDB


How it works:

Even the software is currently on a beta phase is possible to use it on production given that it won’t write/change any information inside the models.

It’s a simple process, just need to select the model/s you want to report and press Export Report on the Addins Tab of Navisworks.
After that select the parameters from the tree view (1) and press Fill (2) to see the information on the grid.
Is possible to add/remove columns and press Fill to update the grid. When you consider you have the information you need, select Export Json/CSV to save the data (4).
If you think you will use the setup more than once you can save it as default by pressing Save Selection (3).

Next versions will support Navisworks 2017, data extraction directly from command line (automation of reports). It will also allow the user to select between different export setups.

You can download it from here 

 

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