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Autodesk Navisworks Essentials


Autodesk Navisworks: Using Autodesk Navisworks in a BIM Workflow course teaches you how to better predict project outcomes, reduce conflicts and changes, and achieve lower project risk using the Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage software in a BIM workflow.


During this course you will learn how to consolidate civil, architectural, structural, and MEP models into one BIM model. Starting with an AutoCAD® Civil 3D® drawing file, you will append various Autodesk® Revit® and Autodesk® Inventor® models and check for conflicts. Next, you will use review and markup tools for communicating issues across disciplines. Finally, you will use TimeLiner, Animator, and Clash.



Features & Benefits

  • The CAD Corporation (Pty) Ltd is a registered Autodesk Training Provider.


  • Get 12 months access to your course via our myWay Learning Platform that includes video lectures, extra resources, questionnaires and much more.
  • Take full advantage of our new Hybrid Learning by attending on campus or virtually. Have all your classes ready to be downloaded and watched, anytime, anywhere. (Read More) 


  • Attendees will gain confidence and enhance their practical skills and knowledge in this field.
  • Use Navisworks® project review software to improve BIM (Building Information Modelling) coordination.
  • Navisworks is not a 3D modelling program but a program that converts large REVIT 3D model files into smaller 3D models that are far more manageable for a multitude of team members.
  • It will not be a program to replace REVIT, but a tool that works in conjunction with REVIT and makes certain processes much more efficient.


  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    In Class/Virtual Class, Hybrid Learning (Learn More)
    • 2 Days (08:30 – 16:00) Classes are  presented via our Hybrid Learning allowing  learners the flexibility to attend on campus or in the comfort of their home or workplace.


    Online, Mentored Learning (Learn More)

    • 12 Months (Self-paced, access anytime, anywhere via our myWay Learning Platform)
  • Course Prerequisites

    • Access to software. Practices and files in this guide might not be compatible with prior versions.
    • This learning guide is designed for new and experienced users of the Autodesk Navisworks software in multiple disciplines. A working knowledge of 3D design and task-scheduling software is recommended.

Our Delivery Methods

Our innovative "myWay” learning methodology is built around the students individual learning requirement, allowing each student to learn in a style that is most suitable for their skills set, knowledge and schedule.

Instructor-Led Classes

Reach your full potential through our “myWay Instructor-Led” classes combined with interactive lessons, supporting video content, practical assignments and in field experience, done during the traditional 08:00 – 16:00 working day.

Online Mentored Learning

Do a course at your pace via our “myWay Online Mentored Learning”, combining self-study with supported interactive online video lectures, an online course mentor, extra resources, questionnaires and more, all supported via out Online Student Portal.

Part Time Mentored Learning

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provides you with the flexibility and benefit of our myWay Blended Learning with at home exercises/assignments and mentored or in-class lectures at a manageable schedule and pace.

Available Exams and Certifications

On completion the learner will earn:

  • Certificate of Completion from Autodesk
  • No official exam available for this course.


Note: All certificates are electronically issued.

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Important Notes

  • Learners to arrive at the training venue from 08:00 in preparation for 08:30 starting time
  • Bookings are only confirmed upon receipt of the proof of payment or an official company purchase order.
  • For full day, on campus courses, Learnfast will supply you with a computer to use for training (if applicable),& tea/coffee and a full lunch. Catering is not included for On-Site training and laptops are available for hire at an additional cost if required.
  • Cancellation or rescheduling requests must be in writing and reach us via email at least 5-10 working days prior to the course commencement date. Full course fees will be retained for no shows.
  • Virtual learners are required to have a stable internet connection & a working headset available for sound purposes.
  • Learners who use their own laptops are fully responsible to ensure that administration rights, software installations, etc. are working sufficiently prior to training.
  • Learnfast reserves the right to cancel or postpone dates if we require to do so and undertake to inform clients in writing and telephonically of these changes.
  • Learnfast is not responsible for costs associated with cancellation of classes such as flight and accommodation for clients.


Module 1: Navisworks in a nutshell
A brief interactive session to enthuse the delegates and give a feel for the products capability
  • Opening and appending a number of models
  • Navigate the model
  • Create an animation
  • Run a simulation
  • Perform an interference check
  • Export a clash test report
  • Material takeoff

Module 2: Introducing Navisworks as a BIM tool
Political positioning of Navisworks within the wider BIM context, this is a lecture only and will often be taken out and delivered as part of an executive overview
  • What does Navisworks do?
    • Summary of Capabilities Role in Construction and BIM - What is BIM and what does it mean?
      The Benefits of BIM What will BIM Deliver? BIM Enabled Tools
    • Where does Navisworks Fit?
  • So who is BIM for and which of them will use it?
    • Industry Drivers
    • UK BIM Maturity Levels Team and Workflow Changes
    • Implications on team and workflow; fees and deliverables; contract and insurance issues

Module 3: UI Tour
Interactive session introducing the menu and screen layout, important tools and dialogue locations followed by a tour through the basic project review features. This lecture is delivered through an interactive guided tour of a sample project.
  • Exploring the user interface
  • Application button, menu, Scene View Quick
  • Access Toolbar, Navigation bar
  • InfoCenter, Dockable windows
  • Ribbon, Status bar, using the commands
  • Menus, toolbar, ribbon, tooltips, keytips, navigation tools
  • Dockable windows, workspaces
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Project navigation

Module 4: Compiling and managing a project
This module is presented as a lecture followed by an exercise, it provides an insight into the options and settings in Navisworks before exploring the large number of file formats and file readers available, and finally looking at how a project is compiled and the files saved and managed
  • Options o File options Global options
  • File formats
  • Native - NWD, NWF and NWC
  • Compatible types
  • File readers
  • File exporters
  • Appearance Profiler
  • Managing files and batch utility
  • View scene statistics and collaborate

Module 5: Exploring the model
This module introduces a number of the more commonly used navigation aids and tools. These are often used in combination to add realism to movement through the model and
Autodesk Navisworks Essentials enhance model transition. Render styles are introduced to control model appearance and finally how settings are modified to impact on model performance
  • Exploring the model
  • Navigating a scene, orientation in the model Controlling the realism
  • Speed, gravity, crouching, collision, third person
  • Controlling model appearance
  • Render styles, mode, lighting, background and primitives - Controlling render quality

Module 6: Reviewing, redlining, links and SwitchBack
This module focuses on how a model is reviewed, using the find and compare tools, and how annotation, redlines and data can be attached to objects in order to highlight and comment on coordination issues. We review how SwitchBack workflow is used in different project environments
  • Interactive geometry
  • Find and compare objects
  • Manipulate and transform objects
  • Redlining, comments and tags
  • Links to objects and Switchback

Module 7: Viewpoint creation, sectioning and animation
This module is presented as a lecture followed by an exercise, begins with the creation and modifying of model viewpoints, and then looks at the use of sectioning to create more focused views of the model and finally these viewpoints are used to create animations to be saved as video files
  • Viewpoints and sectioning
  • Using viewpoints
  • Sectioning planes and boxes
  • Record and play animations
  • Viewpoint animations
  • Interactive animations
  • Create and export as videos and slideshows

Module 8: Animation and Interactivity
This lecture and associated exercise introduces delegates to the animator and the scripter tools. It explores how these are used in combination to produce animations and then add interactivity using scripts that based upon events and actions
  • Animator overview
  • Create object animations
  • Scripter overview
  • Add events and actions
  • Creating videos of the events

Module 9: Autodesk Rendering
This lecture and the accompanying exercise introduces delegates to the numerous and varied Autodesk rendering tools available. It introduces the standard Autodesk Material Library together with the concept of applying materials and lighting, to object items and the model
Autodesk Navisworks Essentials to improve visualisation and increase realism, and once applied, how these are then used to produce high quality photorealistic renders of the model
  • Autodesk Rendering overview
  • Applying materials and lighting to model objects
  • Modifying object materials, user libraries
  • Rendering options with Ray Trace and Autodesk - Cloud and Render Gallery

Module 10: Simulation and the TimeLiner
This lecture and the associated exercise takes a look at the simulation of construction scheduling using the TimeLiner tool and how it links to external task scheduling software to produce 4D simulations. The addition of animation to the simulations and the export thereof completes this module
  • TimeLiner overview
  • Linking objects with tasks
  • Links to external scheduling files and 4D simulation
  • Import and export of data

Module 11: Interference management - Clash Detective
This lecture and associated exercise explores the clash detective tool, arguably Navisworks greatest strength is its ability to identify, inspect and then report on interferences. When linked to the TimeLiner and object animation it has the ability to perform time based object collision detection on moving objects
  • Clash detective overview
  • Enhanced tests using search and selection sets
  • Using Rules, resolving issues with Switchback
  • Time based clash tests, reviewing results and reports

Module 12: Material Takeoff - Quantification
This lecture and associated exercise explores the quantification workbook, and provides an insight into how it uses catalogs, work breakdown structures, 2D worksheets, 3D model objects and their properties, to perform a material takeoff of the aggregated model. This powerful tool can combine 2D worksheets, 3D model objects, with or without properties, with easy to apply formulas to quickly quantify items directly into work packages that are formatted to suit company catalogs or recognised standard methods of measurement, such as Uniformat, SMM7, NRM, etc.
  • Quantification overview
  • Creating work breakdown structures
  • Develop catalogs, groups, items and resources
  • Using model variables and formulas
  • 2D and 3D Model object and virtual takeoff
  • Importing and exporting catalogs and results

    No dates have been specified for this course.
    Please contact The CAD Corporation for more information and dates on this course.

Online Training Booking Form

By completing the below online booking, a booking confirmation will be sent out and an invoice will be generated. A place will be reserved on this course and you are expected to attend. If you require a quote first please contact The CAD Corporation offices and speak to a sales consultant.

Autodesk Navisworks Essentials

  1. By booking for this course, an invoice will be generated and you will be liable for the payment of this invoice. If you require a quote, please contact The CAD Corporation Offices.
  2. After the generation of the invoice a training confirmation will be emailed using the details provided above.
  3. The CAD Corporation retains the rights to change this calendar without any notification.
  4. Tea/coffee and a light lunch will be provided.
  5. All university students will receive a 10% discount for cash payments.
  6. The minimum notice of cancellation is 5 (five) working days prior to the course commencement date. If you fail to do so the full amount is payable.
  7. Students are to be at the training venue by 08h00 in preparation for a 08h30 start time.

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