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Archive for April, 2012

Auditing a Navisworks model for very distant items

Posted by Rob W on April 28, 2012



I’d like you all to try something, open a large Navisworks project you are working on, if you press ‘Page Up’ to zoom out to the entire model, and you can no longer see the model or it looks tiny then you should audit it for very distant items.

This is something we recommend you do as a simple check whenever creating an NWD, large or small, but there are symptoms of models which desperately need this, I’ve listed a few below: –

  • When you render your model through Presenter, only the background shows, or you seem to get holes or triangles missing from a render
  • When you navigate the model it looks like you have a section plane in front of you, as described here
  • Jerky performance when navigating
  • Model disappears when rotating around the model
  • When you zoom out the model disappears
  • Two faces seem to occupy the same space giving a jagged looking surface

When focused in on the model select an item (not the whole model) and save this as a Selection Set. You will use this in a minute to identify the location of the model in the view, or return to the model at any time.  Read More


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Virtual Mechanical Demo W/Free Parts

Posted by Rob W on April 19, 2012

We just revived notice that Virtual Mechanical has released a new demo with some great freebees. We have two seats of this program and for the price you cannot beat it. Click Here to find out more about this generous offer from Steve and the folks at VM.

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Tekla BIMsight 1.5: even easier to use and more global

Posted by Rob W on April 3, 2012


Tekla BIMsight 1.5 has been released. Tekla BIMsight is now even easier to use than before and more language independent as the text buttons in the user interface have been replaced with intuitive icons.

When using the new touch interface, released in version 1.4, the icons are easier to select as they are now taller.
Watch a video about the new user interface.

Tekla BIMsight 1.5 is also an even better presentation tool as models and slideshows can be viewed in full-screen mode.

Tekla BIMsight collaborate with the easiest BIM tool ever!


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