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Thu, Sep 13, 2007 at 8:31:07 AM | Autodes Architecture 2008 and NavisWorks




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For few reasons I haven't been sucessfull exporting Revit project to .nwc.

Can anyone tell me how much data is exported in terms of material settings (textures), object intelignce, lighting etc. ?

Is there is a significant difference between linking through IFC? Do I need to bother making the exporter work?

Will appreciate any info.


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Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 7:16:13 PM | Autodes Architecture 2008 and NavisWorks



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I see this post is from Sept. But if you have not figured it out. materials will go through the navis exporter, the intelligence that is held is a little more than if you export to a dwf or dxf. if you are working with revit arch, you have no intelligent lighting capabilities all you can do is model the fixture. if you were using mep you would be able to do foot candle calcs and other fun things in revit, this does not transfer to navis, also shared coordinates do not transfer. In my opinion the ifc export is a waste of time. i would get the exporter to work. heres how:

What you have to do is use the API (Application Programming Interface). Try this go to Tools -> External Tools you should see Navisworks 2009. If you dont. Here is how you fix that (This will save directly to a *.nwc file) I should note too this will only work if you have a version of navis licenced on your machine . . .

Open “Add or Remove Programs”

Select “Navisworks Manage 2009” or "Navisworks Jetstream v5.4"

Select “Change/Remove”

When the Install Shield Wizard pops up select "Modify" click next.

When the next window opens scroll down to where it says, “Autodesk Revit Architecture/Structure/MEP 2008” (If you will be getting 2009 you might just want to check that too if it not already, you will not have this option in Jetstream v5.4) check it and click next. It will then install the exporter. I am unsure if you will need the cd or not, if a network installer were created and used it should not matter. 


Let me know if the exporters are installed already, if it is then you have to go into the Revit.ini file and add some things under the External Commands. I can walk you through that too.


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Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 11:55:13 PM | Autodes Architecture 2008 and NavisWorks




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Thanks Eddie. Much apreciated.


I wrote the thread back when I was stuck with Rac 2008 and NavisWorks Jetstream 5.5. After Autodesk aquired NavisWorks nwc exporter instalation is seamless, the exporter causing headache.

So far I have exported just 4 walls with mentalray materials applied and the results were "surpirising". Navis (Manage 2009) was handling the geometry like there were millions of polygons - slow and flickery. Am I missing something?

I'll play around, It's far too early to moan. Reason why I mention this - lot of work I do with my colegues is modelling for construction purposes, but often clients need pretty picture or live environment to explore. I'v been exploring methods to fastrack the workflow and get rid of tedious retexturing and repopulating geometry with data

It's nice to FBX working between rac2009 and max design 2009. Now it is time to figure out how to retain everything to navis. rac to max - visual aspects are retained, but intelegence behind is lost and other way around.

Have you had any usefull experience in linking it all together?

At the moment I am evaluating application called Synchro, looks promising in future. Check it out if you have a chance. 

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