Navisworks Support (beta)
Launching Navisworks Files in Prospect
1. Open your file in Navisworks Manage (2017-2019)
2. Use the selection tree or section box tool to hide geometry that contains particularly large, dense or complex elements, or any layers you don’t need in VR. This will help your experience run smoother.
3. Navigate to the IrisVR tab on the Ribbon > click View in VR
4. Use the selection tree to choose the specific viewpoints and camera positions you wish to export
5. > click Start Processing and Prospect will automatically collect, export, and optimize your file's geometry
6. After processing, your file will be ready to enjoy in VR! For Prospect Basic users the experience will immediately load, and for Prospect Pro, Pro Plus and Team users the experience will open in the Prospect Library.
Materials and Textures
Textures are not supported. Instead, textured faces are assigned color values.
Objects with multiple materials from Revit will get split into unique building elements when they’re imported into Navisworks.
- Example: If a wall in Revit (single building element) has a different color on each side, it will get imported to Navisworks, and then Prospect, as two elements.
- This means in Prospect, both sides of the wall will be individually selectable and appear to be unique, independent objects.
The plugin will automatically use the top-level of the “Selection Tree” hierarchy and map those to the Prospect concept of Layers. Layers in VR are based on the elements placement in the selection tree in Navisworks. Geometry not marked as being on a layer will be put on the default layer.
Navisworks supports the import of dozens of different 3D and BIM file formats. To support Navisworks, we need to build and test each Navisworks supported format individually. For Beta, we’ve currently tested the following list of geometry -- but feel free to test other formats.
- 3DS Max
- FBX, IFC, OBJ
We currently support sectioning through the “Box” or “Plane” mode in Navisworks. This tool can be used to reduce the size of a model, which typically increases performance in-VR.
Geolocation, if available from the native file, is exported to Prospect for the Sun Settings tool. If none exists, the default is 0,0,0.
- All file geometry is exported to Prospect (excluding hidden geometry, elements or “layers” from the selection tree that are specifically toggled off)
- Saved Viewpoints are imported as Prospect Viewpoints, more on this in the video below
- Individual object definitions are preserved and can be selected in-VR
- Select elements to display any of their element-level BIM metadata in-VR*
- Applies to files exported with Prospect version 2.5 or newer
- Navisworks Manage 2017-2019
- Large files will experience long load times. If the process takes longer than 15 minutes, consider canceling and reducing the file complexity via the Selection Tree.
- Performance in-VR works best when the model is located on or close to the origin point of (0,0,0) - utilizing a version of your model near this origin point is a best practice when exporting and processing the model to view in-VR.
- Imported viewpoints are camera positions only. Layer states, visibility settings, etc. are not yet supported.
- Geometry hidden in the Selection Tree window will not be exported to Prospect.
- Full Navisworks support will feature additional performance and stability improvements.
We appreciate your feedback on our beta as we continue to build it out, please share any feedback with our team by submitting a request