I often get the question when to use BIM 360 Glue and when to use Navisworks, and, if BIM 360 Glue is the new Navisworks in the cloud.
The truth is, they don’t replace each other, they complement each other by adding value to your process, by changing the way you and your project team are able to coordinate and do clash detection on your 3D models. Together BIM 360 Glue and Navisworks will give you a modern cloud based process that will minimize the amount of errors in your models, that will free up time for a model coordinator to do advanced clash detection such as avoidance and ruled based analysis and most important, the result will be higher quality on your models and fewer errors on site.
Let me explain how.
Think about the process for traditional clash detection, how designers send models to a model coordinator that merges the files in Navisworks. His job is now to analyze errors in the merge model, to do clash detection and document any type of collisions, some of the clashes are simple obvious clashes but there are also other type of collisions that he spends time on, avoidance and rule based collisions.
Now, once the model coordinator starts to do clash detection with the received models he will end up with hundreds or even thousands of clashes that he needs to start prioritize among. It’s a heavy burden for a BIM coordinator to understand and filter among all these clashes. You could argue that the different disciplines hand over the responsibility to the model coordinator to check the design for them, when actually they themselves should have control over their own models and how those fit together with the other disciplines models. In this case the model coordinator becomes the bottleneck, he need to make his reports, and he need to communicate back the result and files to the different disciplines. This takes time, and often we see new clashes added to the list faster that the existing are resolved.
With BIM 360 Glue, we are changing this process, we give every designer and any discipline the possibility to merge their models in the cloud and to perform clash detections in a very powerful but user-friendly and simple environment.
When working with Revit or any AutoCAD vertical, you publish the models though the simple Glue add-in, you merge models in Glue and review your model against any other disciplines. If using other software and file format, simply upload a IFC file, whatever format Navisworks can handle, BIM 360 Glue can do it to.
This means you will enable clash detection and model coordination for everyone, changing processes where the designers and engineers will perform daily clash detection against other disciplines.
Just like writing a book, you don’t want to send a book for proofreading without doing your own spellcheck first, same applies to clash detection, you want to do you own “spellcheck” with BIM 360 Glue, before you send it to a thorough check by a Navisworks specialist.
The result when the designers and engineers are doing their own clash detection against the models will be fewer errors and higher quality on the models before sending them to the model coordinator, which will make the Navisworks specialist being able to focus on what he is supposed to do, advanced clash detection such as avoidance and rule-based clashes.
In the end, if you don’t fix clashes in your models they need to be fixed on site. Fixing errors on site means that labour need to spend time on non-productive tasks, time spend on non-productive tasks are time lost being productive. Time lost is money lost.
Take a look at the AEC bar where my colleagues Lee Mullin and Paul Walker are discussing this topic more in detail!