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Navisworks 2016 now has the option of using cache files hosted on the Cloud. The cloud option means that aggregated files can be accessed from any location, and the “real-time” model can be queried. Autodesk applications (AutoCAD, Revit, Navisworks)  have a BIM 360 plugin, so they can push or pull data to and from the cloud. The Navisworks tools for rendering, animation, clash detection, can be applied to the cloud-hosted models  locally so expanding the way cloud-based data can be managed, while ready access to the cloud-based model means it can be updated - to be an almost “real-time” representation of the ever changing virtual building.

In Navisworks, appending initially from the Home tab means you are working locally. Appending from the BIM 360 plug-in means you are working from the cloud. Please note that documentation added in Navisworks, such as views or review comments is only seen in Navisworks. It is not added as additional views/comments within BIM Glue. That situation is under review by Autodesk.

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         Jim Cowan
Jim Cowan
AEC Senior Application Specialist

Jim Cowan’s extensive AEC design industry experience, Autodesk design solutions expertise, and status as an Autodesk Certified Instructor have made him a sought after university curriculum developer, instructor, and presenter. Jim’s areas of expertise include eLearning, interoperability between solutions, and overcoming barriers to the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Educated in Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot–Watt University and in Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba, Jim has a special focus on sustainability issues: daylight analysis, sun studies, lighting analysis, modeling buildings, and conceptual energy modeling (models with shading devices). You can learn more from Jim on his YouTube Channel.