Identification of clashes and their rectification is a very challenging job for AEC professionals as thousands of design errors are identified by them once 3D models are completed for multiple building disciplines in Revit. Making right alterations or changes in 3D models once clashes are identified between model elements during clash detection process is not that easy as it sounds. High intelligence along with sufficient knowledge of software application is required for resolving identified clashes. It is quite easy to run a clash test in Autodesk applications like Navisworks but to react to the results is certainly not that simple especially when countless clashes are detected.
Here, design and construction professionals are required to effectively use the tools that are incorporated in Navisworks for sorting out identified clashes.
Tips for simplifying clash detection process
- The first thing that should be done by Navisworks users before they go ahead with conducting a clash test is to effectively set up the elements or items that they would like to compare during clash detection in the Batch tab.
- This can be done by accessing clash detective tool from where Batch tab can be accessed by Navisworks users.
- Elements of a model are compared with the elements of another model so that if they are clashing with each other it can be identified in the clash detection process.
- One of the most important tasks of Navisworks users is to effectively recognize the clashes and then group them according to their similarity.
- When clashes are grouped together according to their potential to create obstacles for AEC professionals in construction, it becomes easy for them to understand the nature of the clashes.
- It’s easy to manage clashes when they are grouped together as it allows team members to understand their impact on the project. When impact of the clashes is successfully realized by team members they provide effective solutions for rectifying them.
- Another important thing for Navisworks users is to properly understand the mechanism of Results tab.
- They must know how to use the information that is available to them under different columns in Results tab. The results of the clash tests can be accessed from a multi-column table in the results tab.
- So users must know the uses of the information in different columns for the purpose of sorting out the clashes.
- For example the ‘Status’ column of the multi-column table include the information concerning the status of the clashes for example a clash is resolved by users then it is displayed as ‘Resolved’ within status column.
So, if Navisworks users have appropriate knowledge of different tools that are available within clash detective they can easily simplify the process by using them.
Divya Dave is a Senior Manager with Tesla Outsourcing Services. An engineer and management graduate, she has been working with the outsourcing industry now for more than a decade. With a passion for writing, she writes on topics that provide an insight into CAD, BIM, and 3D Visualization services for the Architectural, Structural, and MEP disciplines. Her focus is to enable architects and engineering professionals in the AEC industry to adopt the right technology so as to increase their efficiency and profitability.