AMC Bridge Expands the Client’s Software Integration Capabilities to Navisworks

In the extremely robust and dynamic architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry with so many excellent CAD services on offer, missing relevant CAD file support in your system can lead to lost business opportunities. Understanding the game-changing benefits of quality CAD interoperability, our client charged AMC Bridge to develop a plug-in for Autodesk® Navisworks® model review software. As a result of the efficient collaboration, the client has gained a powerful, fully functional plug-in and professional support of the entire set of the company’s import solutions.

  • PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS
    • A plug-in for Autodesk Navisworks developed from scratch
    • Maintenance and support of the entire set of interoperability tools for Autodesk® Revit®, Rhino®, and SketchUp® platforms
  • WHY AMC BRIDGE?
    • Extensive knowledge of various CAD systems, including Navisworks
    • Demonstrated expertise in geometry exchange file formats
    • A proven track record of successful CAD interoperability projects
    • A broad spectrum of AR- and VR-related solutions tailored to clients’ needs
    • A seasoned, professional team of experts
  • CUSTOMER BENEFITS
    • A brand-new, fast, stable, and fully functional plug-in for Navisworks
    • Reduced time to market
    • Boosted performance of the existing plug-ins for Revit and Rhino
    • Saved time on support and bug-fixing of the entire set of solutions
    • The expanded and diversified client base


Client

Our client—a US technology startup company—develops reliable VR design review solutions for the AEC industry. With over 60,000 users, their flagship technology empowers AEC professionals with robust tools for fast, accurate, and easy VR collaboration on design review, model coordination, and clash detection.

The technology converts 3D models into a VR experience using plug-ins for Revit and Rhino and the company’s reader for the FBX, OBJ, and SketchUp formats.

Challenges

When the client approached AMC Bridge, they had been experiencing a need for a plug-in for Autodesk Navisworks to cater to the established and growing base of Navisworks users.

They already had a plug-in for Autodesk’s Revit software, which they wanted to replicate and improve. With a focus on customer satisfaction, our client was challenged to provide the product’s end users with a similarly powerful plug-in with faster export results and more stable performance.

To fulfill the demanding task and get the new product to market faster, they were looking for a vendor with a thorough knowledge of Autodesk Navisworks and vast experience in similar interoperability projects. That could cut down the time and cost of training the in-house professionals in the new CAD environment.

With extensive expertise in interoperability and CAD systems, including Navisworks, and a proven track record of successful and on-time projects, AMC Bridge was a great fit to take on the challenge and deliver a product that proved to exceed the high standards our client set for their products.

Solution

Addressing the client’s requirements, AMC Bridge has developed a customizable plug-in for Navisworks that allows users to directly export 3D models from Navisworks into VR. Always adding value to the entrusted projects, the AMC Bridge team has managed to speed the export multiple times and offer greater stability to the solution. The approach that the team has implemented is now used to further stabilize the client’s other import plug-ins.

The resulting functionality of the developed plug-in includes:

  • Export of the Navisworks BIM metadata properties directly into the plug-in to streamline data access to element-level BIM metadata and materials during coordination meetings in VR.
  • Export of any linked geometry from Navisworks to the plug-in to ensure accurate geometry translation that goes with the model.

  • Export of a customizable set of BIM data and control over what geometry gets exported, via cropping and hiding, to allow users a more focused VR experience.

  • Export of the selected Navisworks viewpoints to quickly catch clashes.

  • Optimized memory consumption that supports export of models of all sizes for faster conversion time.

To implement the Navisworks plug-in, the AMC Bridge team has used the following technology stack: .NET, C#, SQLite, WPF, Autodesk Navisworks SDK.

Process

The AMC Bridge developers joined the project as a dedicated team. In the first project iteration, the team was expected to develop a minimum viable product (MVP) according to the outlined acceptance criteria.

The team was given full access to the existing plug-in for Autodesk Revit that they could study and analyze. They also received detailed technical requirements for the intermediate format. Owing to its extensive experience with the Navisworks SDK and knowledge of the required data-translation mechanisms, the AMC Bridge team delivered the MVP in the shortest time possible. During the development process, they closely collaborated with the client’s team, reporting on their progress and sharing insights, prototyping, and planning decisions.

Following the MVP stage, the team continued with the iterative development of the plug-in, focusing on its stability and speed.

Two months later, the plug-in has been successfully released to users, and the AMC Bridge team has been commissioned with maintenance and support of the entire set of the client’s plug-ins.

Results

Equipped with the new plug-in, thousands of end users can now view and collaborate on Navisworks models in VR at the click of a button.

The plug-in seamlessly converts the input formats of Navisworks or any linked geometry, sparing users the pain of looking for conversion workarounds. Its functionality of saving Navisworks Viewpoints and selecting exact views and BIM metadata offers users a more customizable VR experience for more efficient and time-saving model reviews, subcontractor training, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing coordination.

Through collaboration with AMC Bridge, our client has gained more users, enhanced product capabilities, and a reliable partner to trust with further upgrades of the entire set of tools.

Apr 28, 2021
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