Author: Jim Cowan Revit, Revit 2018, Navisworks

Revit now lets you reference aggregated Navisworks projects, so Revit work can be created relative to the site or project file in Navisworks. This allows for precise coordination using either internal project points or shared coordinates.

Watch this video, Revit and Navisworks Coordination Model: Design in Context, for step-by-step instructions on how to:

Of the 50+ file formats that are supported, the example provided in this video uses a Navisworks aggregated site model with three appended models (DWG, DXF, and FBX) that are correctly placed relative to each other. This is exported as a NWD file, which can then be coordinated with a Revit project, so the Revit model can be modeled in its proposed location. The coordination model can be used in shaded mode, and it allows for better and easier coordination of models. The scenario is that the Navisworks project requires a correctly positioned alternate design in a position that is correct within the Navisworks model.

Coordination Model
Coordination model can be used in shade mode

Now you can develop your Revit models in the correct location relative to the aggregated Navisworks file and see the context of the overall project.

Design in Context
A new Revit model designed in context

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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.