Firstly, make sure you have a model on Glue that you can access. Did you know that when you Glue something from Navisworks, it makes an NWD and puts it in a folder like this:
Once you have a model on Glue that you would like to download and use as modelling context in Revit, make a new Navisworks file and:
- Append that model back to Navisworks from Glue (it will look like you opened an NWD, with Clashes, Search Sets and Viewpoints all appearing. This tells us that BIM 360 Glue stores all that information in the cloud, at least when the model “originated” in Navisworks.)
- Use this method to export FBX and import to AutoCAD at correct scale (Limit your Navis view to only the elements necessary for modelling context. For example, walls or facade only.)
- Save the DWG
- Make a new Revit file. I had problems using the Construction template – it seemed to break the coordinates somehow… In any case, when I just used “None” template, it worked fine.
- Link the DWG into Revit, Origin to Origin
- Do your Revit modelling (in the screenshots below, I modelled part of a roof)
- Glue the new roof directly from Revit (you may want to Hide the DWG file prior to Appending). This will create a new Model. On BIM 360 Glue, you now have the original model plus this new model from Revit.
- Go to Glue app in Windows and make a new Merged Model. Tick the boxes for the original model, and this new model from Revit.
- Back in Navisworks, we can either choose to Append the entire new merged model, or just the new “piece” that we modelled in Revit.
If you have consistently used origin-to-origin “Revit zero” linking and project internal coordinates, you shouldn’t have any problems.
55mb NWD took about 20mins to Glue
In this test, I used 2015 versions of Navisworks and Revit
When directly appended to Navisworks, you can see the originating file name, such as:
By using Navisworks with BIM 360, you can ensure that everyone on the team has access to the “single version of the truth,” collaborate and connect with the rest of the team for collaborative project review and coordination workflows. This integrated BIM 360 solution gives you and your team access to the most up-to-date project data in the cloud, anytime, anywhere. There are different points of access tailored for specific roles, such as direct access from desktop apps for designers and VDC managers, and mobile access for project managers, clients, and field personnel.
It’s important to know that Navisworks and BIM 360 share the same core technology for large model viewing, navigation, and clash detection. If you run a clash test in Navisworks and the same test in BIM 360, you will get the same results. Navisworks and BIM 360 share the same data structure – which supports round-trip data exchange throughout.
Some people view Glue as a lightweight, cloud version of Navisworks. So, in what scenario would you use desktop Navisworks and cloud Glue together?
- How do Navisworks and Autodesk® BIM 360™ Glue® work together?
- How can BIM 360 Glue bring value to my project?
- How does BIM 360 Glue integrate with other applications?
- Where does mobile app access fit into the workflow?
Are answered in the webcast Navisworks and the Glue Connection:
Link to on demand webcast here
What’s new in 14 January 2014 BIM 360 Glue update:
- Sign in performance improvements
- Stability improvements – fixed crashing issues under certain circumstances during sign in, merging models, and model interaction
- Updated messaging when a model is parsing
- Other usability and quality improvements
Heads-up, including advice about .NET update:
ThreeSixtySharp is a C# library for working with Autodesk’s BIM 360 Rest API.
“It is possible this could be expanded to work with Glue as well in the future.”
Check it out at:
Hear more about Autodesk® Navisworks® and the Glue Connection, including answers to these important questions:
How do Navisworks and Autodesk® BIM 360™ Glue® work together?
How can BIM 360 Glue bring value to my project?
How does BIM 360 Glue integrate with other applications?
Where does mobile app access fit into the workflow?
To watch this on-demand webcast,
fill out form at link below:
Autodesk – On Demand Webcast: Navisworks and the Glue Connection
Use this link