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Using Navisworks with Aconex

Use Navisworks to test for clashes and to create and assign issues. Data created here is automatically shared with Aconex.

Navisworks is used for checking models and clash detection by testing for them using the Clash Detective, or to find them via a manual search or from issues created in Aconex. When you’ve identified clashes within Navisworks, you can create issues for them and assign them to other users for resolution.

You can use Navisworks to carry out all these tasks or you can use it to do some of them, and do the rest in Aconex. Data created in either program is automatically shared between them. Before this can happen, you have to login via the Aconex Design Issues tab.

Connecting to Aconex from Navisworks

Before data from either Aconex or Navisworks can be shared with each other, you have to login using Connect on the Aconex Design Issues tab. When you do this, you have to open the Aconex Login Approver window.

Logging in to Navisworks via the Aconex Design Issues tab.
  1. Click on Open Aconex Login Approver to get connected.
  2. Select the Aconex Design Issues tab.
  3. Choose your project location.
  4. Click on View and Edit Issues to open the View Issues panel. This is the same panel as the one you’d use in Aconex. Our example has been docked to the right of the viewer. You can maneuver and inspect clashes in the same way you use the Aconex viewer.
The Design Issues panel showing a clash open in the viewer.

Viewing design issues


You can see issues and their editable details from the Open Design Issues panel. Here you can:

  • Load a model viewpoint by selecting it.
  • Open a snapshot using the magnifying glass icon.
  • Open an issue’s Details panel and edit its contents.
  • Add comments.
  • Edit a related model’s details.
Loading a model’s viewpoint by selecting it.
The Viewpoint icon.
Opening a snapshot using the magnifying glass icon.
Loading an issue using the Snapshot icon.
Opening an issue’s Details panel.
Opening an issue using the Details button.
Using the Details panel

Start by selecting the Details button next to the issue you want to work with. Here you can edit an issue’s details, by selecting the Edit icon, and add comments from Add Comments.

The Design Issues window with the Edit icon and the Add Comments button highlighted.
Editing an issue’s details

The Edit Details window opens when you click the Edit icon. Depending on your permission levels, you can edit details such as Status, Assignee and Due Date.

The Edit Details window.
Adding comments

Start by selecting the Add comment button and enter your text in the text field. Note the maximum number of characters you can enter is 255.

The Add Comment button and window.
Using the Edit icon

You can edit the details of related models by selecting the Edit icon to the right of the Activity area. This opens the Edit Details window, which is used in the same way as when editing the currently open issue.

The Editing related items list with the Edit button highlighted.

Publishing clashes


You can find clashes automatically by testing for them using the Clash Detective, or you can add them manually.

The Clash Detective should already be set up, so this article assumes that tests have been run, and some clashes have been found.

In this example, you can see the:

  • clash Detective icon in the toolbar
  • details of the clash test in the upper grid
  • clashes found in the lower grid with the first clash selected. The circled area shows the clash currently selected.
The Clash Detective showing an issue has been loaded in the viewer.
Finding issues using the Clash Detective
  1. Open the Clash Detective.
  2. Find and select a test in the Name column.
  3. This opens all the clashes found in the lower grid.
  4. Select one of these to see it in the viewer. You can maneuver and inspect clashes in the same way you use the Aconex viewer.
Adding issues to Aconex by publishing them

Once you’ve created clash results you can move them into Aconex using Issues from Clashes in the Design Issues panel.

  1. Select Publish Clashes in the Design Issues panel to open the Publish issues to Aconex window. Our example shows a completed window.
  2. Select the result you’d like to publish and click Next.
The Publish Clashes window showing the Next button.
  1. All the new results that have not yet been published are selected by default and have no Aconex number.
  2. Note that the left side of the grid shows the issue in Navisworks, and the right side, shows what's in Aconex. Before publishing it would be blank on the left. 
  3. Select the fields to edit if applicable and select Publish.
  4. This may take a few seconds depending on the number of issues you're publishing. When the process has finished, you can see the published issues in the Design Issues panel. When you select one in the Design Issues panel, to see and work with it in the viewer, it is simultaneously selected in the Clash Detective.
The Selected test list showing the new issues have been added to Aconex.
  1. If you now select Publish issues, and then Selected test, the Publish issues to Aconex window now shows the newly published issues.
The Publish request complete message.

Adding new issues

You can only do this if you have connected Navisworks to Aconex and opened the Design Issues panel. Note that the windows and options you use here are the same as those in Aconex.

  1. If the Clash Detective is open, you have to close it to see the model into the opaque view.
  2. Search the model for a clash you know exists by navigating to the appropriate area to find it. In our example a chiller on the roof is in the wrong place.
  3. Select the object.
  4. In the Design Issues panel select New Issue.
The Design Issues panel showing the highlighted New Issue button.
  1. Add a Title and Description in the New Issue window.
  2. Select the details and options you want to add now.
  3. Select Publish to add the new issues into the Design Issues panel.
The New Issue window.

Filtering Design issues

  1. Select Filter Issues to open the Issues Filter window.
The Filter Issues button.
  1. Choose the appropriate filter. For example, Assignee, to see all issues assigned to yourself. This updates the Design Issues panel.
Selecting the options you want to filter by.
  1. You can also change the options you’ve selected in the Issues Filter window using Edit Filter, and you can remove all the options using Clear filter as required.
The Edit and Clear Filters button highlighted in the Design Issues panel.

Creating a New issue set

You can create a new issue set in Navisworks from the Design Issue panel. These are automatically available in Aconex and use the same options as sets created in Models.

  1. To do this, select Create set in the Design Issue panel to open the Create Issue Set window. Although this window looks slightly different to the Aconex version, it has the same fields and options.
  2. Add and select the details as required, then press Save.
An example of a completed Create Issue set window.

Publishing Viewpoints to Aconex

To export viewpoints to Aconex, publish them from the Design Issues panel.

  1. Select Publish Viewpoints in the Design Issues panel. 
Selecting Publish Viewpoints in the Design Issues panel.
  1. Select the viewpoints you want to publish to Aconex in the Publish viewpoints list.
  2. Select any of the other parameters you want to add. For example, Type, Assignee, Due Date or Set.
  3. Select any models you want to associate the viewpoints with from the Associate Models list.
Selecting models from the Associate Models list.
  1. Select Publish. You should then see them being uploaded. Once this has finished, you can see them in the Design Issues panel. Note that in this example there are now 18 issues, and that the most recent ones correspond with the details shown in Navisworks.

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