Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Part 8 - Naviswork - Timeliner

Below is the mindmap of part 8 - Naviswork - Timeliner

i.Configuring appearance

In autodesk naviswork 2012, Autodesk enhanced the way object can appear in your model. In the past, we associate projects with colour overrides or transparency overrides. Autodesk now introduced appearance profiler function. This function allows us to go in by properties to filter information associated to certain properties to filter this subject to associate its information by property or by set.

To update colour to transparency, simply click on the colour in selector > adjust appearance transparency > update

ii.Creating task

To create a simulation of the work progress, we would have to assign task. The task that we put into it will determine what we do in time liner. By doing task assignment, we can actually commence to build our model from ground level, except that it is a virtual model. The idea is to create new tasks > assign time frame to them and select task type.

Workflow for how to import a schedule from project/primavera into naviswork for “timeliner” tool :

1. Create a schedule in Microsoft project or primavera and save the schedule.

2.       Open Naviswork file you wish to import the schedule into.

 3.Under “timeliner” tab, right click and select “add task”.

When link is selected, right click on the link and select “Rebuild Task Hierarchy from Link.” Now the schedule should be listed under the Tasks tab.

 Lesson learned :
1.The schedule can be changed in Microsoft project or Primavera and resaved, then select “rebuild Task Hierarchy from Link” again to update the Timeliner schedule.
2. When appropriately linked, the timeliner can be used to simulate the models construction. If scheduling or sequencing problems with the model or schedule arise, the schedule can be modified and reloaded into Navisworks. 

Adding selection sets to a task

Adding multiple task and running the movie
1. Make sure file.nwd is open and you’re on your Task tab on timeliner.
2. Add Task. Name the new task as “task 1 demo”.
3. Set planned start date and planned end date. 

4. Go to task, right click and attach current selection. Assign task type (construction/demolish?) 
5. Run simulation to make sure everything look okay.

Simulating settings

The speed of movie maybe too fast or too slow. There is possibility you would like to show it daily instead of weekly.

1. Go to task tab to show the entire building.
2. Go to simulate tab > settings > keep the start end dates as they are
3. Interval size , keep it as 5%
4. Playback duration, dump that down to 40 seconds to speed it up a little bit.
5. Go to overlay text, click edit > go to extras > add : active task > ok > run simulation.
6. You will see the percentage of each task displayed by the screen at particular week.

Exporting timeliner
To export movie to video file for presentation.
1.    Go to Simulate tab, export animation.

Adding data source

We can grab something from either Microsoft project, primavera, or even a dumbed down CSV file. The idea is to bring in a CSV file and auto populate as many fields as possible with an actual construction schedule.

1. Open NWD file open, make sure timeline is up and running.

2. Go to data sources > add buttons > Notice you can go with Microsoft Project MPX (CSV file) , or couple different types of Microsoft Projects, Primavera 6 to 8 or P6 down to version 8.3. (in this case, we need a csv file which we will go and prepare first)

3. To prepare a CSV file, go to task tab > “export the schedule” icon > select export CSV > save as test 1 csv file.csv > hit save

4.Go back to data source > add > CSV import > 

Below is our completed timeliner video using Naviswork and Revit. Enjoy ! 

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